In a recent post I discussed a study that found that substance use disorders often begin when people are experiencing mental difficulties use substances to self-medicate. The study focused on people who struggle with anxiety, but it’s not uncommon for people with mental health problems to turn to alcohol and other substances to get relief from painful symptoms.
Once you begin drinking, using substances or engaging in some other problematic behavior, you may recognize the risks and costs of that behavior, but still be ambivalent about whether to make a change. There are a variety of reasons for being ambivalent about changing problematic behaviors. Change is both difficult and scary. The more strongly you believe that alcohol or other substances result in positive symptom relief, the harder it is to get motivated to change. Continue reading “Ambivalent about Change? 10 Questions to Ask Yourself” »