"I used drugs as an unhealthy coping mechanism for my depression and anxiety."
Recorded November 16, 2018 Archived November 16, 2018 02:52 minutes
DescriptionAudrey: My name is Audrey Reppert and today I will be interviewing someone who prefers to be kept anonymous. Can you remember how/why you started misusing drugs and/or alcohol?
Anonymous: Um, I wasn’t very big into alcohol but I did misuse drugs and um, it was mostly just curiosity that led me to it.
Audrey: What was your home life like then and now?
Anonymous: Um, back then was like a really rough time in my life and my dad’s alcoholism was at its peak and I was living at home at the time. My parents were really fighting a lot and during this was my coping mechanism for all of it (drugs). It got to the point where things were so bad at home that I used it to escape. And now, things have changed a lot which has pulled me closer to sobriety. I just feel like now I can see there is hope and everything.
Audrey: When exactly did you realize that it was becoming a problem?
Anonymous: Actually, for me it was relatively soon. It was probably about two or three weeks in. I kind of noticed that my dosage had increased so much to the point where I couldn’t just take what I was taking normally. I had to modify it so I wouldn’t like die from byproducts and stuff and then I was like “Wait, this is more than just a recreational kind of fun thing to do because I am curious this is a full on problem.
Audrey: Do you have any regrets?
Anonymous: Um, yeah I was prescribed percocets for when I got my wisdom teeth out and after that everything spiraled out of control. I used it as an unhealthy coping mechanism for my depression and anxiety and at that point I was kind of self-medicating off of various prescriptions.
Audrey: And last but not least, if you could say anything to anyone considering trying a dangerous drug, what would you say, and why?
Anonymous: Um, it’s kind of something that anyone could have told me anything before I started and I still would have started. It’s kind of just something where you have to realize that you are so naive right now and you don’t know what it’s like, and you won’t know what it’s like until you go through it but you shouldn’t have to go through it so just stop there and never even start to begin with. You shouldn’t ever feel the need to use that as your coping mechanism because there are so many people out there to talk to.
Audrey: Exactly! And I feel as though there are so many positive things you can do instead of using a dangerous drug.
Anonymous: Yeah, I mean for me something that really helped and got me out was to be social and talk with my friends and really connect back at home with my family.
Audrey: I’d like to thank you for taking the time out of your day to share your story with Storycorp today!
Anonymous: No problem, anytime. Anything to spread awareness. This is a serious issue that’s becoming an epidemic across America.