You are capable and worthy of living your best life.
When the world becomes too much to tolerate, our relationships leave us feeling empty and alone, we will bond with something; no matter how detrimental that something is to our lives. Perhaps it is the bottle of vodka that has always been there for you when everyone else has left you feeling hopeless. Maybe it is pulling up to the newest retail store because the excitement and thrill are such better feelings than the depression that consumes your soul. Or, it could be spending endless hours working at the detriment of family because numbing yourself from the painful voice constantly screaming you are not a worthy human being feels so much better than to hear it. Whatever it may be – that takes away the pain — the loneliness — the anxiety — or the depression – it is uncomfortable living your life in a constant battle trying to escape yourself.
“In reading and listening to hundreds of these stories over the years [referring to substance misusers] I’ve found that many include a sense of being fundamentally different and uncomfortable in their own skin”
– SZALAVITZ, 2016 –