I worried that my decision to stop drinking meant trading in my identity as a Fun Person to become a bummer. Instead, my world got bigger.
Getting off heroin is one thing, facing the consequences and damage of the years you spent on drugs is another.
The blissful escape of benzodiazepines helped me cope with depression and anxiety, but my life ended up falling apart around me.
You’re too fragile. Intimacy is a trigger. It’s simply switching addictions from a drug to a person. So when you do meet someone, how do you know your feelings won’t doom you both?
One of the hardest lessons around being sober is learning to appreciate the ordinary, the mundane, the normal.
Heroin is an escape, a relief, a safe space. Giving it up means facing all the fear, rage, and terror you’ve been running from.
"I am tired of the putrid stench of sweat and the overwhelming compulsion to use, use, use, because if I don’t, I will die."
In this new series, writer Hannah Brooks reflects on addiction, recovery and relapse.
I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at 19 – but you'd never guess that from scrolling through my Instagram feed.
"I realised that my body was not – and never will be – a problem to be solved."
“From personal experience, I know that healthcare services are increasingly stretched. I saw a huge gap and felt that we were offering something really valuable.”
It's an ongoing process that doesn't get easier.