7 Deadly Sins: Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms

We all have vices, especially when we want to escape ourselves.

What’s yours?

One thing for sure and two things for sure, you can’t run away from yourself forever. When the realities of our life get too tough, we turn to different methods to cope — most likely drugs, alcohol, or even sex. How we abuse those things is called escapism, which refers to purposely finding things to distract you from the unpleasant realities of whatever you’re facing.

Keep in mind: I don’t think alcohol is bad.

I don’t think sex is bad.

I don’t think drugs are bad. (Well, I don’t think weed is bad. All that other stuff ya’ll do, I’m not sure about that pal lol)

But, the way we indulge in these things matter. It is not inherently bad or good, but more of a fact of what is the WHY behind all of this? Why do we choose unhealthy coping mechanisms? Isn’t there better options out here to help us deal with our shit?

The short answer is yes, but because I don’t speak for everyone on this earth, it varies on who you ask.

The reason(s) behind why we choose unhealthy coping mechanisms varies, too.

Some of us may be trying to heal from a traumatic event that’s happened in our past.

Some of us may be really thrilled by engaging in risky behavior.

But all of us are seeking to fill a void.

You know that the mechanisms you use to cope are becoming unhealthy when they no longer help you feel that void.

When even the drugs enhance how shitty you feel.

When the bitter taste of alcohol won’t even make you forget what happen.

When you internally scream whenever you sexually enter someone or when they enter you.

The adrenaline rush of chasing whatever made us temporarily feel better is what makes us keep coming back to the unhealthy coping mechanisms. The cycle continues over and over and it’s not just through drugs, alcohol, or sex. Unhealthy coping mechanisms can also be seeking social media attention, dealing with toxic people, and even overeating.

I say all this to say: I’m not here to judge you, because we all have vices.

Eventually, drugs and alcohol and sex and whatever we use to cope won’t be enough to distract you from the pain you’re feeling. At some point you have to stop escaping and actually focus on actually healing.

I know it’s not easy. But you must gain the strength to try anyway.

With love, I wish you well on your journey.

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