Hola Sober April 2024

·Social factors: People with ADHD might face challenges in social settings, leading them to use substances to fit in or feel more comfortable in social situations. a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood and attention. People with ADHD have lower levels of dopamine and constantly seek ways to boost it. For me, alcohol seemed an easy way to feel better, but the 'stop switch' was never activated. Alcohol releases dopamine, Being diagnosed helped me understand aspects of my personality and why certain things were more difficult for me. It also shed light on my relationship with alcohol. In the past, I felt like an outsider, even in AA. My story seemed different. The diagnosis allowed me to give myself a break. ‘Not another one thinking they have ADHD; they are all at it” – actual words from a friend of mine. Getting diagnosed with ADHD wasn't the full stop at the end of my messy sentence; it was more like a comma, giving me a chance to catch my breath and figure out what came next. It's a bit like your GPS starting to work on your maps app, when you have been driving around lost for ages. Now I understand why I did the things I did, and it's like a lightbulb moment every single day. Life's still a rollercoaster, but I am learning to enjoy the ride, twists, turns, and all, without needing a bottle to get through it. This journey of mine, with all its ups and downs, is not just about me. If it rings true for even one person who's reading this, feeling a bit lost and thinking they're the only one – well then, sharing my story is worth it.


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