‘No one believed in me… it was very emotional’ – Convalescent drug addict completes Dublin marathon after promises of rehab

A Dublin man who was addicted to drugs and alcohol has successfully completed the Dublin City Marathon after making a vow at a rehabilitation facility.

Two years ago, Christopher Connolly began recovery after falling into induced psychosis and fearing for his life. He was asked to come up with a goal and he decided to run a marathon.

The Rialto man told the Irish Independent: “Nobody believed in me and people doubted me, so it was a huge achievement. It was very emotional.

“During my treatment, they let us out for an hour or two a day to exercise. I started running and realized I wasn’t fit.

“We created a vision board during treatment and I wrote down that I would like to run the Dublin City Marathon in two years.

“I was addicted to cocaine and many other drugs. I developed a deep depression, I was mentally ill, mentally unstable and I got into an induced psychosis through my substance abuse.

“I was disconnected from the reality I lived in; I was afraid for my life.

“From then on I was presented with the fact that if I didn’t give up drinking and drugs I would lose my sanity or my life, along with acting and behaving as I am.

“When that happens you have two choices and unfortunately one of those choices is to take your own life – it gets that bad because you don’t want to live in the reality you live in and there doesn’t seem to be a way out, if it goes on.

“The only way to get better was to work on myself.”

Christopher decided to eliminate drugs and alcohol from his life. He then went to treatment centers, where he spent months trying to get his life back on track.

“My family helped me get the money for the treatment and they really put a lot of bets on me,” Christopher said

“It’s been like a blessing and a curse, it’s been one of the hardest times of my life mentally, physically and emotionally.

“At first I felt disconnected from my wellbeing and my soul, but as I started trying to get better, everything started to work.

“When I was in treatment, I understood the reasons why I was the way I was. I understood my childhood traumas, my behavior and traits, and why I was so subjective about becoming an addict.”

During this time, Christopher couldn’t find anyone to relate to, so he decided to speak publicly about his problems in hopes of helping someone and potentially saving a life.

Christopher added: “Going through all of this I couldn’t find anyone to relate to. I couldn’t find anyone to talk about what I was going through, especially with the psychosis.

“It’s a taboo subject, I couldn’t even find a YouTube video about it.

“I promised myself that when I got the other end out, I’d be open about it so people could relate. I know it’s vulnerable, but the reality is the amount of people who can relate to it is incredible.

“It’s not about helping people change, it’s about making them aware of it. Despite causing so much chaos, hurt, and pain to myself and my family, I still didn’t think I had a problem. All I want to do is get people’s attention and spread the word.

“Addiction and mental health are taboo. People don’t want to talk about it because it’s a sensitive subject.

“People don’t want to share what they’re going through, but there’s so much power in sharing.

“I share stories about my behavior, the group of friends I hung out with, my relationship with drugs and alcohol, and basically everything that was a building block of who I was. Then I try to show people the perspectives I have now.”

https://www.independent.ie/regionals/dublin/dublin-news/nobody-believed-in-me-it-was-very-emotional-recovering-drug-addict-completes-dublin-marathon-after-rehab-promise-42121156.html ‘No one believed in me… it was very emotional’ – Convalescent drug addict completes Dublin marathon after promises of rehab

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