WE HAVE YOUR BACK
If you, or someone you know is suffering from some form of substance abuse, it may be a relief to know it extremely common within young adults.
Alcolescents is a platform for those suffering from alcohol abuse to share their stories, engage, offer support and generally just be there for one another!
We found ourselves that there is very little out there for us youngsters and we would like to end the stigma attached to being an "addict" or an "alcoholic".
THE FIRST LEAP
BUILDING YOUR FOUNDATION
ADAPT AND OVERCOME
THE DREAM TEAM
Our friendship blossomed back in 2003. Basically, Emma stalked me at youth club after finding a sketch I did in drama hilariously funny - I haven't been able to get rid of her since.
All jokes aside, we have been friends a very long time, been through a lot together and have always been there to pick one another up through the hardest of times. Without each other, I dread to think where either of us may have ended up.
We have experienced our own issues with alcohol and shared the same realisation - there is absolutely nothing out there solely tailored to support young adults. After discussing it in some detail and many late night brainstorming sessions in my kitchen, we came up with Alcolescents.
If you are questioning the relationship you have with alcohol, or have a friend or family member who is struggling we may be the perfect duo to help you on your journey. You're guaranteed support and maybe even a laugh along the way.
A BIT ABOUT EMMA
I wanted to get involved In this for many reasons, the main reason is that I've been there. If you're reading this, hungover and thinking oh great another sobriety page raving on about how great it is to be sober, don't click X. This page wasn't set up to bleat on about how great it is to be sober, it's to welcome young people to a new community which we didn't feel was out there for us youngsters struggling with addiction.
Let me introduce myself, I'm Emma, im 28 and i'm an alcoholic, joking that's not how we do things here. I am an alcoholic and I did get into some real serious trouble with my drinking. For various reasons I started drinking and before I knew it I had lost my relationship with my partner, my family, my friends, my dog, my home and several jobs. I've been homeless, alone and well at rock bottom as they say. If being made homeless cant scare you into sobriety, it's got to be pretty powerful stuff ey? I couldn't see a way out. I attended many AA meetings and just didn't get it. All I was thinking was, "Get me out of here", "I want a wine", in fact many of them I did turn up drunk.
Don't get me wrong I know AA helps thousands of people, and that's fantastic but for anyone who's been along, it's very antiquated isn't it? It's very daunting doing anything for the first time, but especially going to admit to a problem for the first time, walking in to a circle of people in a church hall wasn't the most welcoming environments for me. By no means am I belittling AA, this is my own personal experience but it made my friend and I think, what's out there for young addicts? We want to talk in a more casual, relaxed environment, we can still offer the biscuits and coffee AA does.
When I was drinking I thought It was impossible to stop, I would read things like this and roll my eyes. Do it, roll your eyes, but keep reading please. We would love to just hear from you, tell us where you're at, what's going on? Your drinking may not be as problematic as mine once was and you may think "oh I'm not as bad as that" but If there's any concerns there at all, please reach out, trust me, there's not many stories we will hear that we haven't done. Ill even show you my journal...
Look forward to hearing from you guys, lots of love, E @ Alcolescents x
A BIT ABOUT SAM
Try googling "young alcoholics" or "alcoholics in their 20s/30s" and tell me what comes up? Yeah you're right - nothing, nada, didilliy squat. That in itself was enough to make me feel alone. I always used alcohol to self-medicate and cope with the every day stresses of life; I even started to convince myself that my behaviour was normal and believed to some extent that I was overreacting about the relationship I had with alcohol.
You've probably guessed already that I had trouble accepting or understanding that I had a problem and I'm ashamed to admit this battle lasted for 10 years. In those 10 years, I had many drinking episodes which led to poor decision making, reckless behaviour, suicidal ideations/attempts, breakdown of relationships and not actually not recognising who I was anymore.
I have always suffered from anxiety - I'm a worrier but I could never understand why I felt so low at times and now I realise that the common denominator was the alcohol. In fact, most of my problems were caused or worsened by alcohol. There have been a bunch of times where I felt as though I wanted to die and genuinely believed my family and friends would be better off without me. I felt like this at the beginning of 2020 and it just shows you that no matter how low you feel or where you find yourself right now, things can change, even when you least expect it. So if you feel the same way, do not lose hope, promise me you'll get in touch and I will do my best to be there for you.
A special person once said to me that with drugs & alcohol your mind is never your own and that my fellow Alcolescents is extremely true! So no matter what you're feeling right now, whether it's confused about where you are on the spectrum or whether you have a problem at all, just get in touch and we promise to have your back every step of the way!
Treat your past like what you see in the rear view mirror of a car - leave it behind and switch your focus to the road ahead.
Lots of love S @ Alcolescents