The following is a post that one of our clients shared with family and friends and was also willing to share with a greater audience. Awareness and honesty are essential in recovery. Thank you, Matt, for being so open and brave.
Dear Facebook Friends,
I posted a short while ago about clearing off my friends list.
I want to make a short, but very meaningful and honest post.
For a few years, I have been dealing with the plight of Mental Illness in various shapes and forms including Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Agoraphobia & Depression.
I have been on throngs of medications, have attended many therapy sessions and work with a close team of psychiatric & psychological professionals. However, my problems do not end there.
I, like many who suffer from Mental Illness, quite often appear “okay” or “just fine” on the surface. Those who know me well, know that I have been dealing with another large problem as well.
That problem is Addiction. In an attempt to self-medicate, like so many do, I have unfortunately fallen ill in another manner altogether. Most of you know me as a big drinker, a big party animal, a social fellow and a well-known user and advocate of marijuana.
It’s only been in recent years that I have also developed a problem with prescription pills, specifically opiates. Soon after opiates, I began using heroin.
It’s very painful, yet also very therapeutic, that I share this with you – my closer friends and family.
It’s also crucial for everyone to understand that I have taken responsibility for my decisions and am currently residing in a residential addiction treatment facility. The news has been hard on my family, and not all of you know what’s going on. The truth is: I’m well over thirty days clean, and I have taken my well-being – both physical and mental – into my own hands.
If you know me well, you know that I have always put others and their struggles in front of mine, masking mine, but alas I am no longer able to keep up such appearances.
I love you all very much. If you were unaware, please understand that this is a plight that can happen to ANYONE, ANYWHERE. I am not alone, I do not stand alone, and I am finally in a place where I can begin to manufacture and build on my many inner strengths and gifts. I will emerge the strongest form of myself, a victor of demons and a living example of how to overcome the biggest obstacles some can face in life.