Living with dual diagnosis addiction and a mental health issue has been a difficult journey for me. It’s something that I’m still coming to terms with, but I’ve been extremely fortunate to be surrounded by friends and family who are incredibly supportive. I’m slowly learning how to manage my condition and cope better when things don’t go the way I want them to. Taking things one step at a time has been key - start addressing one issue, then move on to the next.
I’ve learned that it’s important to take care of myself in both physical and mental aspects. Eating right, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and planning ahead have all made a world of difference helping me maintain balance between my dual diagnosis disorder and mental health condition. It can be difficult finding the motivation to make lifestyle changes, but it’s necessary for overall wellbeing.
It’s also crucial for me to acknowledge any progress I’m making or setbacks I’m facing, just so that I’m aware of what’s going on in my mind and body at any given time. Finding a support network of people who understand my situation is also beneficial - whether this is family members or friends or online communities - having someone there that I can trust helps me tremendously in managing difficult times.
Overall, dealing with this dual diagnosis has taught me resilience and patience, as well as a stronger appreciation for life itself. There will be days when it all feels overwhelming but by taking actions step by step, no matter how small they are, progress is possible over time!