ESCAPING

ESCAPING

I’ve been drinking a lot with my friends.

Now all I think about is getting drunk. I can't help myself.

I’ve been drinking a lot with my friends. Details

The first time I ever got wasted was at a party with some friends. We were all too young to drink but someone was able to buy us beer and stuff. We drank alotta beer, took a buncha shots, and I just couldn’t say no. I was a mess. Puking, falling over, making out with some random dude and posting selfies with a bunch of people I didn’t know. I passed out at the end of the night, and woke up hardly remembering anything.

I’ve drank since then, and every time I do I lose control. I always get sloppy drunk and act like a dumbass. But saying no is so hard, and I love the feeling of being drunk and not caring about anything. I always feel shitty and sad the next day. I want to control myself before drinking takes over.

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I smoked pot because I was stressin’.

One time it totally freaked me out. Now what?

I smoked pot because I was stressin’. Details

Everyone said gettin’ high would calm me down. It did, and I loved the way it made me feel. I wasn’t anxious or stressed out all the time. I started smokin’ every day and gettin’ high became my life.

But the last time I smoked my friends got this really strong weed. It made us all feel like we were losin’ our minds and we thought it was laced or somethin’. I legit thought I was gonna die.

I’ve stayed away from pot since then but now I don’t know how to deal with my anxiety. I don’t really know who to talk to, but I for sure wanna stay away from drugs.

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When I’m gaming I’m in a world where I feel good about myself.

My parents are all up in my business and say I game too much.

When I’m gaming I’m in a world where I feel good about myself. Details

Dealing with reality sucks. I’m not really a confident person, I don’t have many friends, and playing video games helps me forget how much my life sucks. When I’m gaming I get to be whoever I want and have control over that entire world. It’s the only time I don’t feel like people are judging me.

When I’m not playing video games I feel completely alone. Gaming is how I deal with stress, but my parents think I’m starting to spend too much time in the “virtual world.” I’m scared to tell them that I hate the real world. I wish my “real” self could be as confident as my “gaming” self.

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I started smoking weed to ignore my problems.

But I realized I need to take responsibility of what was stressing me out.

I started smoking weed to ignore my problems. Details

Getting high with my friends felt like the ultimate stress reliever. We didn’t have to worry about school or any other responsibilities, we would just hang out and have a good time. I was never an amazing student anyway so when I was bummed out about a bad grade, smoking seemed like the best way to deal with it.

The other day my grade had a meeting about applying for colleges and scholarships and stuff like that and I started to get really nervous. Could I even get any scholarships with my average-ish grades? I know I want to go to college but I guess I was just being ignorant when it came to how important my grades are.

I decided to stop smoking weed and put a little more effort into my schoolwork. I have goals I want to achieve but I lost sight of them for a while and I really want to get back on track. I still hang out with my friends when I have free time, but I don’t feel like I need to smoke if they are. Putting in the effort to get good grades, and potentially scholarships, feels better than getting high.

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Escaping may feel like the only way to avoid reality,

But it can create problems instead of solving them.

Escaping may feel like the only way to avoid reality, Details

Sometimes it may seem like the only way to solve your problems is to avoid them. Maybe you’d rather sleep all day, play video games by yourself, or spend your weekend meeting people on social media instead of hanging out with your friends from school. Does overloading yourself with work and other activities sound better than dealing with the tension at home? Binge eating, smoking, and using alcohol or drugs are other ways people try to shut themselves out of the “real world.” You may think that finding ways to “escape” will help you fix your problems, but avoiding them can end up making the problems worse.

Regardless of what you’re trying to avoid, these things will ultimately catch up with you. The fears, pain, disappointments, or responsibilities you are running away from need to be faced.

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Do you or someone you know need someone to talk with?

You are not in this alone. We hear you. We're here for you.

Do you or someone you know need someone to talk with? Details

It takes strength, courage, and commitment to be able to face problems head on. If you’re concerned about a friend who has been avoiding you, take them time to ask them if everything is okay. Maybe all they’ve been looking for is someone to talk to.

It’s not always easy, but talking about what you’re going through may help you find positive ways to deal with the problems you’re avoiding. There are always people who want to help, sometimes you just need to be the one to ask for it.

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If You Need Help Urgently

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
or Text 4HOPE to 741741

Additional Resources

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Additional Resources Details

Downlad the “A Friend Asks” app: a FREE smart-phone app that helps provide the information, tools and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide.

More resources coming soon.