How Does Our High Make Us Feel?
For people who haven’t experienced addiction, they might not understand what it is that we find so appealing about getting high. Sometimes we ourselves can’t articulate how our high makes us feel. It can help us understand ourselves and our addictions to examine the ways we feel when we get high.
For some of us, being high makes us feel zoned out and numbs us to our pain. We don’t feel our intense mental and emotional pain nearly as acutely. Our drugs of choice provide us with the escape and the distraction we’re looking for. They help us to suppress our difficult feelings. When we feel high, we can feel happier than we normally do. We can feel like we’re flying. We can feel elated. We can find that our high helps us feel less anxious, on edge, uneasy and restless. We can feel better equipped to handle the stress of our daily lives. We can feel stronger and more resilient when we’re high, less susceptible to the worry and anxiety that make our daily challenges so hard. We self-medicate, and we can feel like our drugs are the solution to our depression and other mental health issues.
Sometimes being high makes us feel more confident and helps us cope with our intense insecurities and feelings of inadequacy, unworthiness and inferiority. We feel so low about ourselves that we’re desperate to escape the toxic thought patterns and limiting beliefs that are consuming our minds. When we’re high, we feel like the voices of our inner demons are being drowned out. Sometimes our insecurities make us afraid to put ourselves out there, to risk failure, to risk being judged or rejected. Sometimes as a result we isolate ourselves and avoid social interaction. We avoid challenging ourselves in our careers or pursuing our interests. When we’re high, we feel self-confident enough to be able to approach people and be in social situations. It can help us feel like we’re no longer suffering from the social anxiety that makes us stay indoors, away from other people. We can feel like we believe in ourselves more, enough to take risks and go after the things we want in life. It can make us feel powerful and invincible, like we can accomplish anything we want.
Being high can lower our inhibitions and make us more impulsive. We take more chances and more risks. When we’re high, this can feel like a positive thing. “You only live once,” after all. When we’re high, we’re not taking into account all of the possible negative consequences. We’re not thinking about the dangers of driving while intoxicated or under the influence. We’re not worrying about what will happen if we steal, sell drugs or commit other crimes. We’re not thinking clearly, and our judgment is impaired.
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