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The decision to change is a critical one...it is lonely, nobody can do it for you. But actually making the changes necessary to lead a productive and happy life is usually where friends, partners, and relationships come in. Rebecca's story illustrates this point.
Rebecca's Story (age 27)
Before coming to Family Continuity, I was going through quite a few hardships in my life. I was struggling with depression, also I had a lot of anxiety about going out to public places, like stores and restaurants. It caused me to make really poor choices for myself. I started using drugs to escape the sadness I was feeling. I felt like I was stuck in a tunnel trying to reach the light at the end. The more depressed I got, the further away from the light I got.
Eventually, I turned to "cutting", hurting myself, to cope with my problems. At the time, I hadn't even heard that other people did that. I thought I was the only one. It was a very lonely time.
I tried medications and in-patient hospitals. The medications made me feel like I didn't have control of myself at all. I was so "sick of being sick." When I was in-patient, it did help me, but only until I got out. Then I felt the same as before. I decided I needed to actually want to change my life before anyone else could help me change.
I made the decision to try to change. I stopped abusing drugs and I stopped cutting. It took everything in me to change those things, but I got through it. Even though I'd succeeded at those, it wasn't enough. I still felt a sense of emptiness inside.
I called Family Continuity Programs and I started counseling a couple of days later. Since they have been involved in my life, I already feel more confident about my life ahead. I am learning the tools I need in order to get myself back to where I want to be. Now, I am able to face challenges with a clear mind and make rational decisions. I have realized it took way more of my energy to be depressed and worried all the time. I feel more calm and hopeful for the future. I still have a lot of work to do, but I've come a really long way already.
If you, or a member of your family have reached the point where change is critical to your future, reach out to friends, parents, anyone who can help. If you feel you need professional support, we hope you will contact one of Family Continuity's programs. You can find out more by calling us at (866) 219-3320, or find more about services near you, visit our web-site at www.familycontinuity.org.
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