I fell into the turbulent turmoil that is addiction when I was around 25. As with many, I succumbed to the lure of oblivion that makes the need to reach for something even more salient.
I have come a long way since then. I still struggle daily, on a minute to minute basis with this, however I have found hope in a relatively new philosophy, Acceptance and Commitment Treatment.
I attended a 6 week course held by Communify which expounded the basics of this incredibly simple but so effective treatment, and I feel like I am emerging from a cacoon.
As I learn to accept my feelings, possibilities emerge. The key behind ACT is values - what is important to the individual...and then not getting caught up in whatever it is that is holding back, but emerging stronger than ever...as you learn to accept!
I highly recommend this treatment for anyone who struggles with mental health or addiction or a combination of them too.
Responses to this story
Response from Gerard Moloney, Lives Lived Well last month
Hello Recovering from addiction
Thanks for taking the time to tell your story. It is great that you have found the philosophy and model of care that is working for you. Something that you can give your energy to and see the results. From your story, persistence is feature, as you mention the daily struggle as well as how far you have come.
It is great for staff at Lives Lived Well and Communify to hear of your progress. Thank you for telling us and others about this.
I wish you all the best in your onward journey.