An introduction to gaming addiction amongst Autistics

Another lesser discussed addiction for autistic people is gaming. Video games offer an escape from the real world, with minimal health consequences compared to other addictive escapes such as substance use. Gaming addiction can be an easy trap to fall into when you are looking for an escape from the world. In fact, when IContinue reading “An introduction to gaming addiction amongst Autistics”

[GUEST POST] Dating my way back to healthy

Written by Sarah Snow CW: Suicide, Rape, Cancer, Intimate partner violence After leaving an abusive relationship, I developed a plan to create healthy relationships as a way to heal past traumas. I was determined to never choose another situation where I would give away my power to someone else, and by using my background asContinue reading “[GUEST POST] Dating my way back to healthy”

Lessons I have learned about trauma

I haven’t spoken extensively about it, but my life has been one of extensive trauma. Not necessarily one consistently traumatic experience (although I’ve had my share), no, I have been- as most would put it- very unlucky. I have rolled from one traumatic experience to another. These traumas set the stage for my mental healthContinue reading “Lessons I have learned about trauma”

Undiagnosed: inpatient treatment, pre-diagnosis

Something I haven’t spoken about in great detail is the experiences I have had in an inpatient psychiatric facility. There was good and bad in the experience, but unfortunately, it was overall, quite traumatic. I have been an inpatient twice in my life, the first was because I required an inpatient detox to help meContinue reading “Undiagnosed: inpatient treatment, pre-diagnosis”

Emotional Sobriety: the crux of recovery

The journey through recovery takes several important steps. First you must stop engaging with your addiction, in my case, stop using drink and drugs. Next you must learn to live without your addictions. Then, you need to create a life where it is easier not to go back to your addictions. There is, however, anotherContinue reading “Emotional Sobriety: the crux of recovery”

Prescription addiction: a significant risk to Autistics

When I was using alcohol and drugs, a lot of them were illicit substances or novel psychoactives. But there was a group of drugs that made up the bulk of my drug use, and that was prescription medication. Specifically I was addicted to opiates, benzodiazepines, and a lesser known drug called pregabalin. My use ofContinue reading “Prescription addiction: a significant risk to Autistics”

The autistic community: a love letter

As Autistics, we often feel ostracised from the communities we live amongst, but over the past year I have seen autistic people step up and help many people. None of us could have foreseen the pandemic, no doubt that this particular natural disaster will be remembered in history books in perpetuity. But something I wantContinue reading “The autistic community: a love letter”

Issues with the moral model of addiction

The best known models for addiction currently are disease models, and yet currently we live in a world where addiction is seen as a moral failing. Cultures all around the world treat addicts with hatred and disdain. Even our own governments have been known to paint us as drains on society, undeserving of support, andContinue reading “Issues with the moral model of addiction”

No one to turn to: autistic addicts and reforming social connections

There is a common theme amongst many addiction recovery communities. It’s the concept that addiction is inherently selfish and inwardly focused in nature. While I can’t talk for everyone, I can say that in my own personal experience I was particularly selfish during active addiction. Everything was about my need to get high, my needContinue reading “No one to turn to: autistic addicts and reforming social connections”

An introduction to novel psychoactives

Novel psychoactive (NPA) substances formed a large part of my drug use, and yet many people have not heard of them. NPAs exist in a legal grey area in most countries and represent a significant risk of harm. What are NPAs? A simple explanation is that an NPA is chemically similar to an illicit substance,Continue reading “An introduction to novel psychoactives”