Living with schizophrenia and addiction

I know living with schizophrenia and addiction can be an incredibly tough journey, but I want to let anyone out there struggling with the same reality know that you are not alone. As someone who has had to manage both mental illness and addiction for so long, I understand how challenging it can be to stay on track – or even just to get out of bed in the morning!

What has helped me is having a strong support system. People who understand and don’t judge, whom I can trust with my innermost thoughts and feelings. I have also found great solace in counseling and therapy sessions where I can work through my struggles in a non-judgmental space. It might take some time to develop this kind of support network, but once you do, it’s invaluable in helping you manage your dual diagnoses.

The other thing that really helps is finding ways to stay engaged – whether that’s reading books, going for walks, exploring new hobbies, or anything else that brings joy into your life. For me it took some trial and error before I could discover activities that would help lift my spirits and counteract the depression associated with schizophrenia. But once I did find my groove (or rather figure out things which worked for me) it became much easier to get up in the morning – knowing there were things out there which could make me feel a little happier that day.

In conclusion, while these journeys aren’t easy by any means, they certainly aren’t impossible either – so don’t give up hope! We all deserve moments of peace and clarity – don’t forget that!


Thank you for your kind words and support. As a 51-year-old woman, I can certainly relate to having to manage mental illness and addiction for so long. It can be incredibly overwhelming at times and sometimes it feels like there is no way out of the struggle.

I found that committing to a regular program of self-care is essential in managing both of these illnesses effectively. This might look different for everyone, but for me, it involves exercising regularly, reaching out to people who can provide an empathetic ear and blocking out time to do activities that I find enjoyable. And though this might sound cliche, making sure that I get enough sleep plays an important role too!

It also took me some time to build a strong support network of trusted friends and family whom I could reach out to when personal struggles were starting to overwhelm me. The difference this makes on bad days can’t be overstated – so if you don’t have one in place yet, please don’t think twice about seeking it out.

At the end of the day, remember: you are not alone in this struggle! There are so many other who walk (and stumble!) through life alongside you, facing the same obstacles everyday

Thank you for your kind words of encouragement and understanding! I can definitely relate to what you’ve written, as someone who has been living with both mental illness and addiction for many years now. It’s often hard to get out of bed in the morning knowing that you have this dual diagnosis to manage.

I have found strength in having a supportive network of people around me who understand my struggle and don’t pass judgment. Finding counselors and therapists that I feel comfortable with has made a world of difference too - it’s so important to be able to talk openly about my experiences without fear of being judged or misunderstood. Additionally, it helps immensely when I make time to participate in activities that bring joy into my life. Through trial and error, I’ve eventually discovered things that lift my spirits which makes it easier to start each day.

So no, this isn’t an easy journey but it is absolutely doable! As long as we keep trying, stay hopeful, and never forget our worthiness - moments of peace and clarity will come.

Thank you for providing such an inspiring message for those of us struggling with both schizophrenia and addiction. As a 54-year-old woman who has also had to manage a dual diagnosis, I can relate to the difficulties it presents.

I found that the key to staying on top of my mental health was twofold: developing a strong support network as well as engaging in activities that gave me pleasure. Connecting with people who help to make me feel heard and understood, as well as focusing on things that I enjoy have been critical in allowing me to cope with my struggles.

Having supportive individuals around you, being able to vent your feelings without being judged, and doing things which bring you joy - these are all small steps which add up and make a huge difference. It took me many years to get to this point but I’m so grateful I did, because now I know firsthand how important it is for our emotional wellbeing and resilience.

Again thank you for sharing your wisdom – please keep shining your light out there!

Hi there, I’m a 21-year-old who is living with a dual diagnosis of schizophrenia and addiction. Managing both has been hard, but it is something that can be done with the right support system. When I was first diagnosed, it felt like an impossible mountain to climb. But it became easier when I found people who cared enough about me to understand my struggles and offered their help without judgment.

Counseling was also really helpful for me in working through my emotional struggles. It was great to have a non-judgmental space to express myself and unpack the thoughts and feelings I associated with my diagnosis. Building a support network takes time, though, so don’t be discouraged if progress isn’t made overnight – it will come in time as you slowly gather people around you whom you can trust with your vulnerabilities.

Besides creating community, staying active and engaged has also been important for me in managing both my illnesses on a daily basis. This could be anything from reading books to exploring new hobbies or even just going for walks – basically anything that brings joy into your life! It took some trial-and-error before I found out which activities worked best for me, but once I did, getting up every

Thanks for sharing. I can relate very much to what you said here, having lived with schizophrenia and addiction for 35 years now. It’s a difficult reality, but there are ways to cope and find joy. Firstly, having a strong network of family and friends around you who understand and support you is incredibly valuable. Secondly, therapy or counseling can provide a safe space to explore your struggles in a non-judgmental environment. And lastly, finding something that brings joy into your life - whether reading books, going for walks or picking up new hobbies - can help immensely in lifting your spirits on those difficult days. I know it’s not easy and life constantly throws us curveballs but don’t forget that we all deserve moments of peace! Take care!

I totally understand what you’re saying - living with schizophrenia and addiction can definitely be a challenge, one that often gets harder over time. It’s taken me many years to get things under control, but I’m here today to tell you that it is possible!

One of the most important things for me has been finding support in the right places - from family and friends, my therapist, people at church or in group therapy. Having a dependable network of those who are willing to accept me and listen to what I’m going through has really helped me maintain a healthy balance.

Another thing that has been really vital is doing small activities that bring joy. This doesn’t have to be anything major - just something like gardening or playing an instrument can make a world of difference in how I see myself and my ability to cope with both schizophrenia and addiction.

Most of all, don’t give up hope! There will be good days as well as bad ones but remember there are always people around to help pick you up when you feel down and overwhelmed by life’s struggles. You have amazing strength within you, so don’t forget to acknowledge it.

Thank you for sharing your experience and offering words of encouragement to others facing similar struggles. I think it’s really important to have a support system, as you said – it helps create an environment in which we can feel safe to express our thoughts and feelings without fear of judgement. Having someone to talk to who understands what you’re going through can be very therapeutic.

As a 35-year-old woman who deals with both schizophrenia and addiction on an ongoing basis, I also know how hard it can be to stay motivated and find little things that bring joy. It took me a long time before I found activities that were interesting enough to help keep my mind off of the depression. But eventually I stumbled upon a few different hobbies that made me happy, such as scrapbooking and photography, which helped create more moments of joy during my day-to-day life.

At the end of the day, remember that even when life gets tough, there are still ways that we can make progress and learn to cope with our conditions. Every individual is unique – so take some time for yourself without worry or guilt, figure out what works best for you, reach out for support when needed – then continue on your own personal journey towards happiness!

I hear you about how tough it can be to manage both addiction and mental illness. I’m 43, and have had to do the same for a long time. It can be a real struggle to stay on track, but I want to let you know there is hope.

I find having a strong support system has been so important for me in managing my dual diagnoses. It’s not always easy finding people who understand and won’t judge, but they are out there if you look hard enough. And having someone to talk to who just listens can make all the difference. Counseling and therapy sessions have provided me with safe spaces where I can openly express what’s going on without fear of criticism. This kind of help is invaluable in helping one cope.

Also, engaging in activities which bring joy into life – such as crafting or taking a nature walk – has helped lift my spirits immensely during times when I was feeling very down due to my schizophrenia . As cliche as it may sound, achieving a balance between work, pleasure, and self-care has really made my journey so much easier over the years.

Finally, don’t give up! Remember that you are not alone and that there

Hi there! I can totally relate to what you’re going through. Managing schizophrenia and addiction is super tough, but you’re right - you’re definitely not alone. It’s awesome that you’ve found support in counseling and therapy, and that you’ve built a strong support system around you. That’s so important. And finding activities that bring you joy is a great strategy. I’ve found that doing things I love really helps lift my spirits and makes the tough days a little bit easier to handle. Keep holding onto hope - you absolutely deserve moments of peace and clarity. And remember, you’re doing an amazing job even when it feels really hard. Keep going, and know that there are others out there who understand and are rooting for you.

Hey, I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your experience. It means a lot to know that there are others out there who can relate to what I’m going through. I totally get what you mean about the importance of having a strong support system and finding ways to stay engaged. It’s not easy, but it’s so helpful to have people who understand and activities that bring some joy into our lives. Keep pushing forward and looking for those moments of peace and clarity – you’re definitely not alone in this!

Hey, I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your experience. It’s incredibly brave and inspiring to see someone openly talking about managing schizophrenia and addiction. I totally understand how tough it can be to stay on track and find joy in the midst of all the challenges. I’ve found that having a strong support system has been a game-changer for me too. It’s amazing to have people who I can trust with my thoughts and feelings, without any judgment. And therapy has been a huge help in working through my struggles. It’s definitely a process to find what works for us in terms of staying engaged and finding joy, but it’s worth it once we do. So thank you for sharing and reminding everyone that there’s hope and moments of peace and clarity ahead. We’re all in this together.