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by Kevin
(Plainfield, New Jersey)

I was attacked on my job April of 2010 by a co-worker, he jumped on me and just started choking me, got in his truck and left, I went inside and told management what happened and then called the police.

He was later terminated but something happened to me mentally. I have been an addict most of my life always battled with heroin and crack. But GOD had a plan for me and I was clean for a while, but like I said it's always been a struggle.

On April 2 2014 I was called into the office of my job and asked to take a drug test,I told them I had a drug problem and I needed help. I was told they would try to help me but still would have to take the test long story short I was terminated and denied my unemployment benefits.

Almost 15yrs on the job with 8 managers and this last one was a racist. Two kids a wife and a mortgage NOW WHAT it's sad I admit I have a problem never tried to hide it but why not help a person who needs help.


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Trauma OFTEN causes relapse
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Kevin,

I believe God does have plan for you and I'm glad you are seeking solutions to your problems. From the little you've told me I suspect that you have something close to PTSD or another form of emotional disturbance from the attack and the job loss.

When our emotions overwhelm us often we begin to self medicate with drugs and/or alcohol. The drug allows us to remove the emotional pain that we're experiencing.

Relapse is a very common part of addiction and it's important to view it as part of the disease rather than as weakness or flaw. You need to get immediate support for your addiction from a mental health professional.

I would recommend that you get an appointment with a psychiatrist and have a complete mental and emotional assessment done. This assessment should give you some insight into the total picture of the mental health challenges that you're facing.

Furthermore, I would recommend you begin WEEKLY counseling to help you to understand what you're experiencing and to give you tools to help manage your emotions as well as your addiction.

Finally, I recommend that you join multiple AA or NA groups in your area THIS WEEK and start working the 12 steps even if you've done them before. The 12 steps can be very useful in managing a relapse and helping you to understand why things are happening as they are.

I know you are extremely frustrated but one day at a time you can dig yourself out of this situation and restart your life. There is always hope even in the face of the huge suffering that you are experiencing.

May God Bless you,


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