He drank to help “reset” his brain which would often feel overwhelmed as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) had caused a 'fight or flight' stress response in his system. This repeated response causes high levels of stress hormones, eventually leaving Steve unable to function.
Steve is telling his story to help other people who might be using addictions as a way of dealing with their mental health problems - and is supporting our recommendation for a dual diagnosis of tackling addictions and mental health at the same time to aid long-term recovery.
He said: “Quite often people have drink or drug addictions which are a symptom of an underlying problem. It is these problems that make them drink. I was feeling overloaded and could barely function. I felt really ill and I used to drink to self-medicate.
Read the full Mental Health Support For People In Recovery For Substance Misuse report here. https://www.healthwatchnorthsomerset.co.uk/news/2021-01-19/people-substa...