I’ve been struggling with mental health and drug addiction for a long time, and it has taken its toll on my life. The pain is pervasive and often overwhelming. I find myself feeling so alone in these moments, but I realize that there are others out there that are dealing with similar daily struggles.
There were times when I felt so defeated that I almost gave up hope of ever finding joy again in this life, but I have come to realize the importance of leaning into the support of loved ones. Talking to them about my experiences has opened the door to seeking professional help as well. This journey has been rocky, but getting help is the first step to improving my well-being and learning how to cope more effectively with difficult situations.
The substances and activities that initially provided short-term coping quickly became an escape from reality - but they don’t help in the long run. It’s important for me to set healthy boundaries for myself; allowing for recovery one day at a time. Even on bad days, I continue to remind myself that it’s ok not to be ok and I take each day as it comes.
I am thankful for all the resources available now - therapy, online communities, medication if needed - as well as family members who are supportive of my goals no matter how large or small they may be. My story is ongoing and everyone’s journey is unique, but if you need somebody who understands where you are at with mental health or addiction issues – please reach out – you don’t have to do this alone!