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Replied By: babycade on Apr 14, 2014, 5:14PM - In reply to five4me
Hi.  I know that your post is over a month old but I did want to tell you of a good friend of mine.  I grew up with him and when we were kids, I never knew he had this problem.  I guess he pulled out his hair strategically.  When we were young adults (early 20's) he confessed this to me.  I was shocked but not horrified by any means.  I knew that he had some issues (we all do) but I never knew how much he obsessed about pulling his hair out (and all the guilt and fear that goes along with it).  We were very close and talked openly about many different personal feelings (and doubts).

Eventually, he decided to shave his head.  He looks great and it seems to have worked for him.  I know that he sees a therapist on a regular basis and he is dealing with the feelings that he felt caused him to pull his hair out.  I know that the act of pulling your hair out is just a behavior that is chosen because of deeper feelings of fear.  Some people drink or take drugs.....he chose to pull out his hair.  Either way, I know that if you go to your County Health Department, they could refer you to therapists that work with a "sliding scale" for their fees.  It's not free but it is accessible.

I am sure that this is not the only destructive behavior that you engage in.  Are you depressed?  All I mean by asking that is that if you are too embarrassed to ask for help for pulling out you hair, you could try to ask for help with a broader problem.

Hang in there.  Take one day at a time.  Write back if you need to bounce off some ideas.  I hope that you are still sharing and seeking help for yourself.
Replied By: frogfroggies on Mar 5, 2014, 8:38PM
I can tell you from experience that you can change your life & become a producative person of the world. I am in recovery & have almost 5 years. You have to want it, and you have to honest. But if you can trust the process, it does work. It's is so worth it ! So, if you are in the insanity loop, and you want something else, all you have to do in is be Honest, Open, and Willing... You deserve it !   Change happens, growth is optional, choose wisely...... Just do something different, one day at a time .......and Believe in yourself !!!!!!!!!!!
Replied By: dogluver1970 on Mar 5, 2014, 6:29PM - In reply to pattymamma
who said the ''rich and famous" are getting better care than the 'Average Joe/Jane'?? Actually, sometimes it's worse for them, because everyone around them are 'yes-men' - in other words, their paychecks depend on (that particular celeb's)  'happiness' and livlihoods. It's never ceases to amaze me how people STILL think that having money makes a difference in these kinds of situations.
Replied By: five4me on Mar 5, 2014, 2:29PM
help! i constantly pull my hair out! ive battled with this since i was 12 and im now 42....its gotten so bad its starting to have an affect on my social/work life. Im at my wits end....has anyone overcame this? if so, how? financially i cant afford to see a therapist on a regular basis and im desperate for help
Replied By: rachelisawesom on Feb 28, 2014, 10:52AM
Hello message boards!! I'm in need of others opinions on self help (or motivational, God based, mental health) books on alcohol addiction or addiction in general. My mom has a problem with mainly alcohol and she's currently in prison. I was wanting to send her some books to try help her out. So she can try and get in a sober mindframe. My problem is there are SOOO many books out there its overwhelming. So does anyone have any suggestions on some good ones? Or ones that have helped you? Thanx so much everyone!
Replied By: ladyblu402 on Feb 12, 2014, 2:55PM - In reply to pattymamma
I had to send my son across the country for a year long sober living program. He  tried local rehab and continued to get sucked back into the old habits. No suboxone, methadone or alternative medications.
Replied By: pattymamma on Feb 7, 2014, 12:38PM - In reply to ladyblu402
You are right, they do get out and go back to the same so called "friends" and the same lifestyle. It is a aweful sickness, We have been dealing with this for many years, as I said our son is 28 years old, in and out of rehab. And his outpatient doctor is just as bad as the dealers on the streets. I understand that he needs his suboxone to controll his addiction, but all the other controlled substances his doctor writes for him and he abuses them.He is in that doctors office every month, and every month you can bet that doctor is renewing his scripts. Makes me sick to my stomach.

Replied By: pattymamma on Feb 7, 2014, 12:14PM - In reply to sbysmile
I am so sick and tired of seeing all of these actors/actresses/singers/rich people on the news over and over again, every day on every channel you turn the television on that have over dosed on drugs getting all this attention. What about the average family, the average middle class or even lower class families? Don't those children or adults deserve some "CARE" "LOVE" "ATTENTION" and not in a bad way. MY GOD OUR CHILDREN ARE DYING!!! But if you are not above and beyond everyone else in this society than it seems like nobody cares!!
Replied By: pattymamma on Feb 7, 2014, 12:10PM
I am new to this so right now I am reading some posts and looking for I guess someone who is in the same situation I am in. We have a 28 year old son who is a drug addict.  We have, it feels like, done everything that we know how to do to help him with his recovery. Unfortunally he keeps relapsing, and I am the one who takes the Verbal and Mental abuse from him. NY State is so difficult to get help, I have searched and searched for outlets for not only him but myslef and just can not seem to find help for either one of us.
Replied By: sbysmile on Feb 4, 2014, 10:23PM
I just wanted to touch base and wonder has Dr. Phil ever done a show on Heroin addiction? I watched World News with Diane Sawyer tonight they did a brief bit but wow....there's sooooo much more to it than that....I have never done it nor ever would but I knew someone who was a lifelong Heroin addict and my it was a torcherous life I have so many horrible memories from my life with said person....I wish PSH would have never tasted the high from it...I've heard that once you shoot 3x's in a row your hooked and nothing but hell breaks loose....people should know about what the family goes through it'd blow your socks off

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