Hello! My name is Dr. Abraham. Welcome to my blog!
I created this blog to share my personal story of drug addiction and how I was able to turn my life around and become a successful psychiatrist.
I now work at a mental health institute diagnosing patients with mental health and substance abuse issues, and prescribing medications to help them get better as part of their treatment plans.
If you had told me when I was younger that I would finish medical school and become a doctor, I would have laughed. When I was a kid and even a young adult I always wanted to be a performer of some kind. It didn’t matter what, I just wanted to be on stage.
If you had told me when I was younger that I would become addicted to meth I would have laughed at that, too. I always thought meth and other hard drugs were for “other” people, and that I would never be around them. I certainly never thought I would try it myself and become addicted, but that’s exactly what happened.
The trouble started when I was in college. I grew up in Israel but dreamed of moving to America. All the celebrities lived in California or New York, so that’s where I wanted to be. I thought a great first step would be attending university in America, which is what I did.
I’m not saying I wouldn’t have become addicted to drugs if I had stayed in Israel or lived anywhere else, but my drug problems did start in America. I still live in America to this day, as I have found that there is a great need to psychiatrists in the states. Mental health issues and substance abuse disorders are rampant everywhere. America is a bigger country with a much greater population than Israel, so it makes sense that they have a greater need for psychiatric help.
I am sharing my story to illustrate how someone can fall into drug addiction and emerge from it a better person. I want to encourage anyone reading this who might be struggling with substance abuse to please get help as soon as possible and start your road to recovery right away.
If you are not sure that you or someone you know has an addiction problem, I have attached a link to a quiz that might help you. Please note that this is not a replacement for an official diagnosis by a professional, but a way to get started and perhaps give you some clarity.
Here is the quiz to check if you have some issues with drugs and alcohol.