Bit of a different post this morning but I am sharing because I got so much strength from others sharing their stories. It's important to open up conversations like these.
What do you picture when you hear the word addiction? How do you imagine an addict looking?
Chances are its not the photo on the left. Someone managing to look after their children, hold down a job, go through all the motions of a normal life. Someone who doesn't reach for a drink the minute they wake up.
Take another look at the two photos. Notice the sunken lifeless eyes on the first one, the red skin, the exhaustion. That person is me just under 3 years ago. I was a secret alcoholic. I drank 2 bottles of wine a night, it was all I thought about, waiting for 5pm to hit so I could start drinking. I hid my recycling to ashamed to put it out, didn't let the girls have sleepovers, couldn't arrange things for the morning as I couldn't drive. would alternate the supermarkets I went to and feed the cashier elaborate excuses such as parties or presents.
I spent hours doing quizzes that said I wasn't an alcoholic because I didn't drink in the morning, clutching at anything that stopped me having to admit I was an addict.
The picture on the right is me today. My eyes are alive, my skin is healthy, I finally feel free and its the best feeling in the world.
Addiction is exhausting. It takes over. The biggest hurdle is often recognising addiction and why stereotypes can be so damaging.
Addiction comes in all forms. It can affect anyone but recovery also comes in all forms. Anyone has the power within them to take control of their addiction yes often you may need help, support but ultimately you can do it - it's never too late.
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