This blog is not FDA approved
There’s no such thing as a completely safe drug. Admittedly some are safer than others. And, for those drugs offering the greatest benefit, we are more willing to overlook side effects – even serious, irreversible ones (think antipsychotics and tardive dyskinesia).
As a non-compliant guest blogger, I am going to switch things up a bit and draw an analogy between bad drugs and bad relationships. They both share an important characteristic: the risk of long-term use of either far outweighs any potential benefit. The problem, however, is that one often is unaware of just how crappy he or she feels as a result of repeatedly ingesting a black box warning drug or relationship. It becomes a way of life. You may be mindlessly following “doctor’s orders” and hoping that doing the same thing over and over will eventually lead to a different result (a cup of insanity, anyone?). You’ve unwittingly become the frog in the crock pot – getting slowly cooked alive without even realizing it.
So, my dear tadpoles, if you fear you may be in (or headed fo) a black box relationship, take some time to reflect – do the benefits really outweigh the risks?
First, why would someone stay in black box warning relationship? A number of possibilities spring to mind:
I’m sure there are many more reasons for inflicting oneself with a black box warning relationship but… there is hope! You can step away and push through the withdrawal symptoms by taking one or more of the following steps:
Simply crawling out of the crock pot will do no good if you just hang out on the ledge poised to fall back in at a moment’s notice. Remember, that black box relationship/drug is merely masking a symptom, not addressing the root cause of what’s ailing you. In order to move on: