The Road to Recovery - Gaz's Story
It’s funny, I got unexpectedly nervous about writing this despite having done it countless times. Most people who know me now have met me at a time of my life where the following story can be hard to marry up. That’s a good thing, it’s shows that people CAN change; they CAN succeed and they CAN beat something that feels unbeatable to them.
The Road to Recovery - Louise’s StoryI've suffered from anxiety and depression for most of my adult life. Sometimes coping sometimes not but managed to function with daily life.I hit rock bottom about 4 years ago. I was in a mentally abusive relationship with someone with addiction problems and I started drinking more and taken drugs with him. I cant blame him as I was drinking and taking drugs before we met but I was definitely binging more frequently. I started abusing diazepam I was buying online. I hated myself and really didn't care if I lived anymore. I just took drugs to forget everything. The only reason I didn't end everything was my parents.
Abuse Vs AddictionThe words “Abuse” and “addiction” are often used interchangeably, however it is important to note that - there is a difference.By now we should understand that drug addiction and alcoholism are conditions that affect the brain, but did you know that abusing drugs and alcohol is not the same thing as being addicted?You see, While abuse CAN lead to addiction, you should know where they differ.
Post-natal depression & Addiction
Now, you might have guessed by now that I’m not a woman! So before I delve into this blogpost let me highlight that; I am not an expert on childbirth; I haven’t given birth; had a C-Section; nor a vacuum or forcep delivery.
I am however a dad, and my desire to write about this stemmed from my own adjustment to fatherhood.
International Overdose Awareness Day - August 31st.
Naloxone & Opiate Overdose
This is not a problem associated only with big cities, or the great “American opiate epidemic”, opiate use is indiscriminate and has filtered down to all aspects of our society. It’s closer to home than you think.
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