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”

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”

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”

A moment of temptation: Overcoming a mind that seeks to destroy itself

I have written a lot about making the decision to seek sobriety. What I haven’t talked about is the moment when I realised I was in this for the long haul. Roughly three years ago, I had an accident. I can’t really remember the details of the accident, but it appeared that I had fracturedContinue reading “A moment of temptation: Overcoming a mind that seeks to destroy itself”

[GUEST POST] On I walk: An autistic story of exercise addiction

Written by Ginny Grant It’s COVID isolation mark one. We’re allowed out for exercise each day but my brain – needing something certain to latch onto in these uncertain times – heard ‘We … I must exercise each day’. And so I walk the streets of my inner-city neighbourhood. Along noisy secondary roads, past theContinue reading “[GUEST POST] On I walk: An autistic story of exercise addiction”

Keep choosing recovery: the things that motivate me to stay sober as an autistic addict

Recovery from addiction is complicated. It challenges those of us experiencing it every day. Even now, approaching five years of sobriety, I fight a daily battle with a mind that seeks self-destruction. My mind tells me that I miss drinking and taking drugs. It turns my memories into a sort of twisted nostalgia, blotting outContinue reading “Keep choosing recovery: the things that motivate me to stay sober as an autistic addict”

The cost of autistic masking

Many of us, as Autistics, are well versed in masking. For so many of us, it is an involuntary reflex that happens without thought. What is masking? Masking, simply put, is the practice of disguising your autistic traits in order to pass as neurotypical. It is a survival mechanism in a world that actively oppressesContinue reading “The cost of autistic masking”