addiction

My name is Sophie

From birth, you could tell there was something different about me. I would always cry and never sleep as a baby.  As the years went by, things just got harder and more complicated. Doctors refused to diagnose me with anything. Later in life, I struggled to overcome heroin and alcohol addiction. After a suicide attempt, I was finally diagnosed with bipolar disorder which changed my life for the best. The medications and therapy finally gave me a taste what it’s like to be happy. I made this video to increase awareness about mental illness.

To Being Better

Be less dependent on my family
Make better decisions
Eat healthier
Spend more time with Mom
Cut down my smoking
Exercise
Keep my doctor’s appointments
Be more in the present
Be less of a burden to my mom and brother
Find a job
Stop using drugs
Stay on my medications
Stay out of the hospital
Exercise

Dear Brain

I want to be:

The best person to you
A good memory
The trigger for your smile
Your peaceful warrior

I will try my best to not abuse you with:

Worried thoughts
Cocaine
Obsessive compulsions
Ecstasy
Weed
Alcohol
Bad company
Negative situations

In return, you will help me achieve:

Substance Use Disorders and Addiction

“Any behavior, substance related or not, that a person craves, finds relief in, finds pleasure in, but has negative consequences, and difficulty giving it up.”Dr. Gabor Mate, M.D. (addiction treatment specialist)


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