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Loved One’s Death and Addiction

Loved One's Death and Addiction

Grief can lead to addiction

Losing someone you love is like being admitted into an exclusive club, but it’s a club you never want to join. You don’t really understand loss until it hits you personally. Being alive, being in a family or community, and caring about others all leave you vulnerable to death and grief. Unfortunately many people turn to drugs like clonazepam to deal with the emotions associated with death. Using clonazepam offers an escape. It gives you the chance to forget if just for a minute. However, turning to drugs like these only complicates grief and increases your chances of addiction. There are other ways for you to cope with the death of a loved one without turning to clonazepam. Healthy ways to process grief include the following:

  • Be prepared for the unexpected – Grief often comes in waves. Some waves of grief are so strong and so frequent that you feel like you can’t breathe and are drowning in it. Over time the intensity and frequency of the waves of grief will become less powerful. Simply knowing that grief can come at unexpected times and places can help you deal with it as it comes. You just have to remind yourself that it won’t last forever.
  • Utilize your circle of loved ones – According to the American Psychological Association, most people can recover from loss over time if they have a support network to call and rely on when necessary. Talk to people who care about you. They are more than willing to listen to you share your hurts, your memories and even your conflicting emotions. Don’t bury your thoughts and feelings. They’ll come out eventually often in unhealthy ways.
  • Join a support group – Many different support groups cater to a particular loss. Some focus on the loss of a child or the loss of a parent. Some focus on miscarriage, others on victims of violence or suicide. Find out if any groups in your area specialize in your specific type of grief. If not, then a general support group will work just fine.
  • Accept a variety of emotions – According to the organization Mental Health America, you’re likely to experience a wide range of emotions even if the death was expected. After the numbness of the death wears off, you’re likely to feel any number of emotions from disbelief to yearning and even anger. Accepting how you feel, and knowing it will pass, can help you process the loss.
  • Take care of yourself physically – According to a 2006 article from Psych Central, grief will make you more susceptible to illnesses like the common cold and other infections. The stress of grief can also cause larger problems such as uncreative colitis, heart disease and even asthma. You can ward off these problems by taking care of your body. Eat healthy foods. Exercise. Get the right amount of sleep. And certainly, don’t abuse drugs. That has a negative effect on the body.
  • Give yourself time – There is no timetable for grief. According to the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide, the grief process could take weeks, months or even years. It all depends on your relationship with your loved one. Don’t create unrealistic expectations about when you should be past the loss, and be kind to yourself in the process. Don’t get down on yourself when you experience a wave of grief even if the loss occurred a long time ago.
  • Celebrate the life of the lost loved one – When the grief becomes more manageable, you can take steps to celebrate the life of your loved one. You can do this by visiting their grave, creating a collage of photos or even by passing on their name to a child. The possibilities are endless. Just choose something that will allow you to honor your unique relationship.
  • Help others who are hurting – One of the best ways to process your own grief experience is to help others when they experience lost. You can volunteer at any number of hospitals, hospice groups, support groups and non-profit organizations that thrive and flourish because of the help of volunteers. You can speak to groups, offer to listen or even help with behind-the-scenes tasks like making phone calls or helping with cleanup efforts.

If you turn to drugs like clonazepam to ease your grief, the grief doesn’t go away. Eventually you will be forced to deal with your loss. Don’t complicate your loss by developing an addiction.

Getting Help for Your Clonazepam Addiction

If you have become addicted to drugs like clonazepam because of a loved one’s death, do not despair. We can help. We understand the powerful role grief can play in your life and the need to find relief. You can call our toll-free helpline any time, 24 hours a day. You can talk with one of our admissions coordinators who can help you decide where to get help. Many facilities specialize in grief and addiction and can walk with you through both. You can experience life, even after the death of a loved one. Call us today, and recover that life.