For the people that don’t know me at all, I am a recovering drug addict and a recovering alcoholic. I have been in recovery for 10 years and have been helping others for about 5 years now. One of the first skills I was taught was to understand that beer, hard alcohol, and drugs will never take away your pain. No matter how messed up you get, you will NEVER forget your pain and disappointment’s. You may think you hid it somewhere, but it will reappear as soon as it is triggered. Believe it or not but beer, hard alcohol, and drugs all play a part in depression and can amplify a diagnosed or un-diagnosed mental illness. Think about this, people with a mental illness are medicated for disruptive behaviors, depression, and inappropriate thoughts, right? People that drink and do drugs are also known for disruptive behaviors, depression, and inappropriate thoughts per se, right? Self medicating yourself with drugs and alcohol isn’t helping your behaviors and lifestyles, they are actually contributing to your bad behaviors, depression, and inappropriate thoughts.