When thinking about addiction perhaps one of the last words we’d expect to hear said about someone suffering with it is “brave”. There may be many words which come to mind and I’m not going to name them.
Because the consequences of addiction lead to so many troubled places and actions, many of which can be catastrophic, it is easy for the fortunate to judge an individual because of the disease with which they live. Addiction is complicated, and simply can’t be put down to poor life choices.
In my day to day work, I come across so many people recovering from addiction, and very few who would fit the general stereotypes and descriptions which so easily come to mind.
I work with people just like you and I, mums, dads, teachers, lawyers, train drivers, shop assistants, carers….Those who by and large have come to struggle with addiction and mental health because of a multitude of reasons. Childhood abuse and neglect, trauma, loss, sexual exploitation, having themselves been bought up in such a culture, poor mental health, deprivation, the list could go on and on.
I have yet to meet someone who willfully chose this path of destruction. I have met hundreds of individuals who have made, and continue to make on a daily basis, the decision to face their addiction and to get the support to overcome it. I believe that coming to terms with and coming out the other side of addiction and into recovery may be the hardest thing a person will do in their lifetime.
I’d love you to take a look at the following page where a colleague of mine is heroically running the London Marathon to raise funds for the project I work for: WDP Recovery London.
Thank you so much Cleo.