Identifying Triggers is a Must

The following is a letter from a student in our It’s T.I.M.E. class:

First of all, I would like to take time out to thank the It’s T.I.M.E. program for putting me back on the right track again. Being in this class has taught me how to deal with society and myself. It’s been a trying situation for me and my family. First it has been important to address the need of my medications and the need of gaining my self-respect back. This class has taught me how to make my own decisions and identify with my true feelings.

Here are the six words I chose to identify with myself:
Identifying my triggers is a must.
I say this because most of my life has been motivated by the way I feel and react toward my feelings. I must admit, my distorted thinking process has ruled over me for at least eight years. People, places and things have been my downfall. I never had the problem solving skills or socialization skills, so I pretty much stayed to myself and isolated a lot. Most of my anger has come from my childhood days. My mother and father and grand-parents were functional alcoholics and partied every weekend and holidays. By my own choices I chose to pick up drugs, (crack-cocaine) and have been battling with it for the last eight years, after the death of my mother. I took that experience so hard and lost contact with reality.

.And here I am again, sitting behind prison walls, as well as being a prisoner in my own mind. By being in this class for a second time I have gained some tools to help fix some problem areas in my life. I would like to thank the it’s T.I.M.E. team again for the support and time that they have given me. I will truly stay in touch, to keep my sobriety on the right path, and to stay on top of my mental health issues.

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