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An_251067 posted:
Does anyone know the feeling of loss of control. I feel like my whole life has ended and I have nothing to live for. I recently was incarcerated for a drug offense. I did only 9 months due to the fact that I got an early release from a military style boot camp for drug offenders. However after going through a regimented and rigorous program that focuses on discipline. I came home and feel a heavy burden on my shoulders, my wife gave birth to our newborn daughter while I was gone and being that I spent my whole life selling drugs, I am having trouble dealing with life at home with no hope for work. Got that feeling of no purpose in life and a sense of no direction on where I am going. Want to know if anyone has ever gone through these type of feelings. Its awful I am not the person I used to be.
Patricia Farrell, PhD responded:
One thing to remember is that you have a future, a wife and a small daughter and there is hope that you can begin to make a life for all three of you.

Since you were released from the drug offenders' program, I'm assuming that they have provided you with some counseling and that this counseling is connected with job-training programs to give you a means to earn a living. If that isn't so, then it is up to you to reach out to one of the community social service agencies that deals specifically with persons in your situation.

I would think that you do have skills which you have not yet used in an appropriate manner and which can benefit you in the future. But now you need to begin to work on a more positive approach to making money that is quite different from what you did in the past.

You've reached out here and now it's up to you to reach out in the community to groups that can provide the resources and skills that you need to succeed as a father, a husband and a person. Good luck with everything.

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