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”

Neurodiversity and the power of collective activism

“My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?” Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell This quote has echoed around my mind for many years. Much like the Revelation of Sonmi-451 (also from Cloud Atlas), it has been a driving force in theContinue reading “Neurodiversity and the power of collective activism”

Autism, disability, accommodations, and the status quo

Let me start this piece with a massive shout out to Lyric Holmans (Neurodivergent Rebel). Their recent livestream with Aucademy provided a huge deal of inspiration for me to write this, and I can’t go ahead without giving credit where credit is due. Autism. Is it a disability, or not? That question will have differentContinue reading “Autism, disability, accommodations, and the status quo”

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”

Accepting Autistics and other radical notions

It’s April, so you know it’s about to get real bloody frustrating trying to be heard over the like of Autism Speaks and other problematic groups claiming to represent “people with autism”. When it comes to the notorious Autism Speaks there is one thing in particular that we should facing up to. Cure culture. CureContinue reading “Accepting Autistics and other radical notions”

Autistic, Ace, and dating: A complicated affair

The world of dating is complicated and nuanced. There are unwritten social rules everywhere, and often, unrealistic expectations. I am lucky now to be in a relationship with a fellow ace whom I love dearly, and accepts me as I am, but prior to this, I took 8 years off of dating. Here’s why. IContinue reading “Autistic, Ace, and dating: A complicated affair”

Autistic representations in the media: The wider conversation

If Sia’s film did any good for the autistic community, it opened up a wider conversation about how autistic people are represented and portrayed in popular media. There are very few, if any, perfect representations. One could argue that this is an impossibility anyway, given the diverse nature of autistic presentations. This has opened upContinue reading “Autistic representations in the media: The wider conversation”

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”