21. Started going to therapy. Slowly realized, that I have to think about myself too. Started going to the gym, setting boundaries, eating foods I like, and every day I tried to do one thing that made me happy. And I finally got the courage to go to school and study something I actually like.
22. Gave Facebook, TikTok, etc a week off. Then two weeks. Then never went back.
23. Went to sober living and got clean.
24. Decided it’s ok to put yourself first no matter what. I don’t mean that go ahead and cheat and lie for your benefits.
For example, I was seeing this toxic person for some time and I was the one always compromising and making efforts. When things finally ended, I chose to cut off all contact from that person while they wanted to remain in touch (for support or validation). I felt bad and selfish while doing it but starting to feel better about myself now that that person is out of my life.
You need to be selfish if the other person is being selfish too.
25. Stopped smoking weed.
26. Short answer:
Support network. Without my Dad, I’d be dead. Now my fiancé is helping me learn how to be happy.
Left an abusive home, went to university at 18, got lost in a black hole of depression, drugs, and debt for three years, dropped out. Literally can’t even remember half of it.
Broke, desperate, I called up my estranged dad and he helped me get back on my feet, gave me a loan, and kept me alive while I battled daily suicidal ideation and worked part-time. Eventually graduated.
Now I’m 30 and my fiancé is supporting me while I go through therapy. I even have some money in savings and we’re talking about buying a home.
27. Went to an army Psychiatrist who focuses on PTSD.
28. Taking vitamin D3 (for a bad deficiency) and quitting my job with a verbally abusive boss to better my mental health.
29. Refused to be another statistic. Never stayed complacent. Allowed myself to be uncomfortable and enter the scary unknown territory for personal and professional growth.
Oh, and I got pets and they make me so happy. And they make me want to do better so I can get them nice things like a big backyard and lots of toys LOL.
30. Went from just partying hard on the weekends to partying hard every day to losing my job from partying hard (drug test failed for coke). From there it turned to meth. Really low point. One day, I had an epiphany and realized that it wasn’t I wanted and that I’ve seen people go down similar paths.
Actively seeked help, changed friend groups, stayed in, got clean, and am now doing okay.
Can’t say I’m doing great, but my future is looking better every day, even if it’s only slightly. The addiction is still affecting me, even after all this time, it’s caused insomnia and depression, along with anxiety. Things I didn’t have before doing coke/meth.