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”