The past few years have been a difficult journey for me, but I’m determined to stay positive and try my best to recover mentally. I am living with a dual diagnosis - meaning that I suffer from both mental health issues and substance abuse problems.
It’s not easy living life this way day in and day out. Nevertheless, I’m making strides in understanding my conditions better and learning how to take better care of myself. The best thing about recovery is recognizing that it doesn’t happen overnight – it takes time, patience, and courage. I need to be kind to myself and take it one step at a time.
I’ve started attending therapy regularly as well as joining some support groups focused specifically on dual diagnosis where I can talk openly about my situation without feeling judged or ashamed of my thoughts or feelings, and make connections with other people who understand what I am going through. The kindness that these people offer is invaluable, and it gives me the strength to keep fighting no matter what life throws at me.
Although dealing with these conditions has been challenging, I remain hopeful for the future. One day at a time, I know that progress can be made if I stay dedicated to honest self-reflection and therapy. It isn’t always easy but that’s okay; getting help when you need it is one of the bravest things you can do!