I think it’s really important to reach out for help when it comes to mental health, and in my case I found tremendous value in exploring substance use services. This journey has been one of self-discovery and hard work, as getting better never happens overnight.
The process began by admitting to myself that I needed help. It was tough because of the stigma often associated with mental health issues and substance use, but ultimately I knew this was how things were going to get better.
Over time, I have been able to open up more. Talking about my feelings and experiences has been an incredibly cathartic experience. I’ve felt understood and supported by those helping me along my journey towards mental wellness and sobriety; having this support system has been invaluable in times of anxiousness or stress.
Most importantly, I’ve learned that recovery is not a destination - it’s a lifelong process - and every day that goes by without turning back is a victory. No matter what challenges are thrown my way, there is always progress at hand as long as I continue to make a conscious effort on my own behalf.
It’s never easy asking for help or taking the initiative to seek out resources in order to improve one’s quality of life; however, embarking on this journey towards mental wellness and sobriety has become an integral part of who I am today.