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Apr 24 2013, 18:56
  • NYWoman91 Newbie

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    I'm 21 years old I have very severe depression that I have been dealing with my whole life. I have struggled with drug use on and off throughout the years. Currently I'm stuck in a situation where I'm surrounded by people doing ecstasy and I have been using. I've noticed that the ecstasy is affecting my depression severely. I don't know how to stay away from ecstasy because the person I share a home with does it and I have no one to do sober things with but I can't live my life like this no more and I just really need someone to talk to.
  • Apr 26 2013, 20:15
    Your are very right- ecstasy will make you more depressed, especially as you are coming off of it because your serotonin levels drop significantly. If there is anywhere else you could live, I assume you would. Is it possible to stay secluded in your own room and separate as much as possible from these temptations? Perhaps you could volunteer someplace to get out of the house more and meet new people who don't use. If you do not work, maybe a part time job... Or if you go to school, join something on campus or try to focus more on school related activities.

    I would try to get far away from this group of people. Delete their phone numbers and create better surroundings for yourself because you probably will not succeed in getting off drugs if you live or hang out with users. Your depression will likely get better if you can enjoy new people and stay busy with work, school, or volunteering.

    My brother is an addict with major depression and it consumed his life. I hope you can create happiness in your life... I know it is very difficult but don't give up on yourself! One thing that helped my brother when he was temporarily sober was running, exercise, or any other way to focus on physical health. I think making short and long term goals for yourself can help, too.

    Just remember: This can be the worst it ever gets for you.