Muslims and Addictions, It Exists: This Thread Explains Why You Shouldn’t Feel Ashamed, But Seek Professional Help Instead

 A while back, I watched Demi Lovato’s documentary “Simply Complicated” and found it to be an insightful and honest portrayal into her battle with mental illnesses. In the one hour feature, she talks candidly about her battle with cocaine, alcohol and eating disorder. The documentary spoke to me because I recognise the courage it takes to share one’s struggles publicly with the world. Over the past few months, Lovato has been honest about her relapse and sadly this week she was rushed to the hospital due to a suspected drug overdose.

As someone who is passionate about having conversations surrounding mental health, I find that whilst we are becoming more comfortable having conversations about illnesses such as depression, anxiety or bi-polar disorder, addiction remains a heavy taboo within our community. So it was refreshing to come across the thread below by Tareq on Twitter.

tareq on Twitter: “Addiction is a disease, & God doesn’t hate you for struggling w it. Please don’t be ashamed to seek help. You’re not accepting defeat. You’re acknowledging your limitations as a human. We’re all limited & tested in our own ways. Your test is extremely difficult. People can help. / Twitter”

Addiction is a disease, & God doesn’t hate you for struggling w it. Please don’t be ashamed to seek help. You’re not accepting defeat. You’re acknowledging your limitations as a human. We’re all limited & tested in our own ways. Your test is extremely difficult. People can help.

tareq on Twitter: “I’m making duaa for Demi Lovato & every person struggling w addiction in its many forms. The latest research tells us that once a person becomes an addict, their mind is permanently altered. They will always be combating their addiction, & denying it will only make it worse. / Twitter”

I’m making duaa for Demi Lovato & every person struggling w addiction in its many forms. The latest research tells us that once a person becomes an addict, their mind is permanently altered. They will always be combating their addiction, & denying it will only make it worse.

Tareq proceeded to tweet that “Nobody should be demeaned for succumbing to their addictions. Some people picked up an addiction during a difficult or ignorant stage in their past that they will struggle with for the rest of their life. We have to support them in their fight and make it easier for each other.”

As addictions are a taboo in Muslim communities, Tareq explains that it’s important to “eliminate the culture of shame that makes it difficult for addicts to seek help. Too often we blame addicts for making the initial choice to consume or engage w something. They may have some fault for the first exposure, but that’s not a productive conversation now.”

tareq on Twitter: “If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, depression, or other mental illnesses, here are two reliable organizations you can contact for help: https://t.co/raqn5h1Dxf / Twitter”

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, depression, or other mental illnesses, here are two reliable organizations you can contact for help: https://t.co/raqn5h1Dxf

It’s important to understand that there are people amongst us that are dealing with unspeakable pain. And sometimes in dealing with pain, addiction manifests. We have to approach the issue of mental illness with empathy and be there for people in a non-judgemental manner.

This article was originally published on Myrihla.com

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