I am autistic, I am an addict, I am mentally ill

As self-advocates, we are often met with suggestions of how we should discuss ourselves. It’s deeply frustrating because it suggests that we have forgotten our own humanity, but unsurprisingly, we do not need to be reminded that we are people. You will hear me use identity First language a lot. This is not because IContinue reading “I am autistic, I am an addict, I am mentally ill”

Limits of the traditional twelve-step program for autistic folk

Anyone who is even vaguely familiar with the addiction recovery community will likely have come across the twelve-step program in one form or another. Alcoholics anonymous, cocaine anonymous, narcotics anonymous, the list goes on. There are many different groups employing the twelve-steps, and it is often what addiction treatment services suggest to service users toContinue reading “Limits of the traditional twelve-step program for autistic folk”

Finding sobriety: The seemingly insurmountable challenge

Many people ask me how I found sobriety, what changed in me to trigger that growth. I honestly think that might be the wrong question, not to mention awfully difficult to answer for most people in my position. The question that I think needs to be asked, is why didn’t I find sobriety sooner? WhatContinue reading “Finding sobriety: The seemingly insurmountable challenge”

OPINION: Stop referring to sober addicts as “clean”

Growing up alongside an addict I had heard the phrase “clean and sober” thrown about by many people (interestingly, not my family). When I became an addict myself, I quickly learned of the stigma surrounding drug and alcohol addiction, even at a time when I did not recognise addiction in myself. Skip forward to OctoberContinue reading “OPINION: Stop referring to sober addicts as “clean””

OPINION: Abstinence-based drug programmes are not fit for purpose

If you have followed my work, I think it’s likely that at some point in your life you may have experimented with recreational drugs at some point in your life. I don’t say this because I assume that my followers are drug-users, I say it because you are human, and drugs and alcohol are aContinue reading “OPINION: Abstinence-based drug programmes are not fit for purpose”

Adjusting your social group to meet the needs of sobriety

Achieving sobriety is an uphill challenge. There are a lot of complicated moving parts that contribute towards a person finding sobriety, but one that needs to be talked about is social groups. Social isolation can increase the risk of relapse, and for this reason it is important that we as sober addicts have a socialContinue reading “Adjusting your social group to meet the needs of sobriety”

The language of addiction through the lens of the autistic community

Anyone who has spent time withing the online autistic community will be aware that there are particular ways that we as autistics prefer to talk about autism. Identity-first language is vastly preferred by the majority, with many rejecting the phrase “person with autism” while opting for “autistic person”. These well documented preferences have had aContinue reading “The language of addiction through the lens of the autistic community”

“I am no longer that person”: An autistic addicts journey to self-forgiveness

Many people praise me for my kindness, and ability to engage in open and honest communication in the name of helping people. These days i do my best to be good at these things, but there was once a time when I was not a good person. Let me be completely honest with you. IContinue reading ““I am no longer that person”: An autistic addicts journey to self-forgiveness”

Recovery services as an autistic adult

In my previous article i discussed the frustration of being autistic in a recovery service that was not designed for people like myself, in this article i intend to go into a bit more detail. There is a problem with substance misuse recovery services. Many if not all of these services do not take intoContinue reading “Recovery services as an autistic adult”

Standing on the corner: Where autism and addiction meet

As an autistic individual, i have faced many challenges over the years, but one of the greatest challenges i have faced was over coming addiction. Many people view addiction as a disease, and as far as diagnostic criteria go, they’re not wrong. I however view addiction as a symptom- a symptom of an unmet supportContinue reading “Standing on the corner: Where autism and addiction meet”