How Do You Deal With the Double Whammy?

3414517837_67ded05bbd_zThe double whammy is living a life of addiction and depression (or other mental illness) recovery. The 12 steps work best for addiction recovery. But depression recovery requires much more individual exploration and experimentation. There is no one size fits all for depression recovery.

Some posts from others who are also living with addiction and recovery:

1..From I Don’t Want to Talk About It: “Fanatic’s Fraility”:

All I ever wanted as a kid was to be accepted. Red hair and freckles, plus being named after a song. I was ripe for the teasing. Not that every kid isn’t. I was just never given the tools to stand up for myself or believe in myself.  The only place I ever felt strong was on a sports field. But life isn’t really soccer or tennis or swimming anymore. I can’t really escape into those worlds as I did 30 years ago.

Here I am. 40 years old. An adult. And still I crave acceptance. I just want someone to look me in the eye and say I love you just as you are in this moment, and the next. And if this moment you are manic and depressed the next…It’s okay. You are who you are.  Please Don’t get me wrong, I am loved. Tremendously. Trouble is I can’t always feel it or believe it. Why would someone love a black and blue fanatic who can find no balance. Who swings from left to right and back again like a wild circus monkey. Who can’t hear your words correctly as they ricochet around the mind and become convoluted. Who misunderstands and rises up in anger and self defense wrought with agitation at the slightest suggestion I try to be more mindful.

A self righteous monster comes alive and makes accusations, casts blame, doubts anyone could ever understand what I’m truly going through, how I truly feel, what’s really happening on the inside.  No amount of mindfulness can fix this massive gaping emotional wreckage of past present and future. I am simply a lost cause. The world. You. Me. Would be better off without me. No one needs an out of control manic depressive wreaking havoc in their life.

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  1. I stumbled across this video clip this a.m., while looking for something else re: music and healing – and sharing with you, for if you haven’t seen it before or are acquainted with the person/topic, thought you might find interesting – and given the total serendipity of how it came about – can’t resist sharing! 🙂

  2. Sorry – forgot comments section doesn’t give preview of video link – It’s Dr. Daniel Amen, presenting a TED talk, regarding the treatment of depression, disease, addictions by utilizing brain scan images to correctly assess WHAT/WHERE the problem is located – and it was highly interesting to me some of the case studies he shared from his 20 years of research – 🙂

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