Autism, addiction, and my need for control

I have learned a great deal about myself through self-reflection over the last 5 years of sobriety, but one lesson was considerably difficult to learn. I like to think of myself as a friendly and generally happy and fun person to be around, but the truth is that I need control. I need control overContinue reading “Autism, addiction, and my need for control”

Autistically medicated: the journey to find what works

My name is David, and I have to take a ton of medication to stay healthy. It’s taken years to find the balance, and recently, one of the main medications has had to be changed. Currently I am taking aripiprazole, paliperidone, mirtazapine, trazodone, promethazine and propranolol for my mental health (although the paliperidone will soonContinue reading “Autistically medicated: the journey to find what works”

How can substance use services be more accessible to Autistic clients?

I have written before about the barriers to accessing substance use services when you are both autistic, and an addict; today I’m going to approach from a different angle. In this post, I will be talking about a few things that such services can do to increase accessibility, improving the quality of treatment that autisticContinue reading “How can substance use services be more accessible to Autistic clients?”

5 lessons I have learned in 5 years of sobriety

Today (7th April 2021) I have been sober from drug and alcohol addiction for five years. In that time I have faced many challenges and learnt many lessons. In this piece, I hope to share some of those lessons with you. 1. Not everything will be perfect once you get sober. Addiction is am absoluteContinue reading “5 lessons I have learned in 5 years of sobriety”

Filming addicts in crisis is a form of violence

I remember some years ago when the drug known as “spice” was sweeping through my country. Not only were the tabloids having a field day, and not only were people filming addicts on the street under the influence, I was using it. It was a relatively common sight in some cities. Individuals helplessly and mindlesslyContinue reading “Filming addicts in crisis is a form of violence”

Why is the moral model of addiction so prevalent?

As previously discussed, the moral model of addiction, in which addiction is seen as a moral failing, is inadequate for our understanding of addiction and formulating a means to approach it. Despite this, the moral model of addiction remains prolific throughout multiple cultures globally. Why is this? In my opinion, its prevalence can be broughtContinue reading “Why is the moral model of addiction so prevalent?”

Re-earning trust after active addiction

Those of us who have been through, or are currently in active addiction, know all too well that very few people trust us in the early days of recovery. To an extent it’s justified. We cheat, lie, and steal to meet the requirements of our addiction. But what happens when a person stops using? WhenContinue reading “Re-earning trust after active addiction”

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”