I began a campaign to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and offer hope and support for addiction and mental health challenges in 2019.
What followed, was an experiential walkthrough of:
- Mainstream popular opinions and responses concerning these
- Current approaches of the professionals and facilities that treat these
- Why people don’t talk about this type of thing publicly
I was, repeatedly, assumed to be having some kind of psychotic episode as I shared my alternative findings and research.
As I reached out to a variety of highly recommended professional psychiatrists, psychologists and trauma counsellors, among other professionals, it quickly became clear, that not many people working in these environments even knew what they were observing.
In fact, only two amazing doctors that I reached out to for advice did. It was these two well respected individuals that, probably, saved my life.
Mental health challenges have become popularly assumed to be mental disorders/diseases of the mind that are incurable. As is addiction.
Still, I continued to stand my ground, as I had already made some deep connections as to the whys of my addiction and mental health challenges and I wanted to find out more about how these worked for me.
As I went through the process of seeking guidance, I was repeatedly incorrectly diagnosed, and prescribed chronic psychiatric medication twice, by well meaning professionals. And not so well meaning professionals, at times.
What astonished me most, was how little the general public knows about how this all works. And some of the highly acclaimed professionals as well. If anyone had known even a little bit more than a very outdated and highly biased understanding of some of the disorders that I was accused of having, things would not have deteriorated to the point that they did for me.
It’s not anybody’s fault. It’s simply due to general fear, and often willful ignorance, regarding these types of things. Plus, time constraints imposed on treatment facilities due to available medical cover for those fortunate enough to have it. Nothing can be healed in three weeks. It can only be stabilized using medication. Managed using tools.
My personal circumstances deteriorated so badly, due to the lack of adequate knowledge and support, that I could no longer afford the anxiety medication that I had been on and off while I was learning to manage my challenges holistically.
In June 2019 I could no longer afford any medication or professional assistance at all. I had to figure out how to walk through a severe life challenge, while treating my "addiction" and “mental disorders” entirely naturally, on my own.
I’ve now been off all medication for two and a half years, my addiction seems to have disappeared entirely despite me no longer attending any support groups, and I am absolutely fine despite my circumstances still being extremely stressful in many ways.
But before I could no longer afford to seek professional guidance, I was repeatedly and incorrectly diagnosed and prescribed meds in first sessions. This happened three times with an incorrect diagnosis, two of them with a “chronic” prescription medication given to me after the first 45 minute session. That is how severe my anxiety was by this stage.
Mercifully, I knew enough about my recovery to politely decline the medication prescribed, as well as the too quick diagnoses, and to continue to focus on making the changes necessary to get properly well. If I’d been younger or less knowledgeable about addiction, trauma and mental health, I would’ve ended up on chronic medication for the rest of my life, believing that I had a severe and incurable mental disorder.
I’ve waited for some time to share my recovery in order to be sure. I am now sure.
My anxiety and depression was not a mental disorder. My severe emotional dys-regulation was not a disorder either. And my addiction was not a disease, as I had being encouraged to believe.
I don’t believe that I am different from anybody else suffering from these challenges.
The information, methods and approaches I have used have all been around for some time and I only had to find it and use them at the right time to make my own connections and heal.
I have, subsequently, met other people who are using similar approaches and methods to the ones that I found, who are also gaining far more ground in their recovery.
I’m now available for one on one sessions with a limited number of clients.
I share emotional regulation techniques that work naturally and holistically, through conscious dance, movement and mindfulness practices for younger people. I work directly with the nervous system to regulate mood and physical states fast. I'm able to mentor and guide, but am not qualified to provide psycho-therapy or counseling.
I will refer to trusted professionals if necessary.
For those that are a few years or more into sobriety for addiction in all it’s forms, I work with an alternative approach that will further your progress exponentially, as your private recovery guide.
I’m a trained recovery assistant (mainstream approaches but I use what works and I leave the rest) and can share the alternative techniques and methods that I’ve used to facilitate you learning more about your experience.
For addiction guidance, I only take on clients who are a minimum 3 years sober, but will work with you if you’ve had this recovery time, have relapsed and want to try a different approach to recovery.
I look forward to hearing from you, if you are courageous enough to step outside of the box and dig a little further down the rabbit hole. Eventually, you may find that you don’t really want to anymore anyway.
Take care and remember… there is nothing “wrong” with you.
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