How One Man’s Addiction Detox Helped Him to Accept His Sexuality

Drugs are substances that are used all over the world by people of all ages, gender, and sexuality. In many cases, these are used by those who want to forget about their problems and be transported to their own stress- and worry-free world. Unfortunately, drug abuse is a habit that can very easily progress to addiction, and if this happens, it can be extremely difficult to break the cycle. Consequently, this struggle to overcome a drug addiction often leaves addicts with no other choice but to partake in addiction detox if they want to get better.

It is well-known that drugs are very addictive as well as harmful substances that can enslave a user until this individual becomes totally dependent on the drug, finding it difficult to function without them.

Dangers of Excessive Drug Use

Excessive drug consumption can pose devastating, and potentially life-threatening, risks to a person. Not all drugs are the same, so consequently do not have the same effects. There are three main types of drugs:

  • Hallucinogenic
  • Sedative

Hallucinogenic drugs, such as ‘magic mushrooms’ and LSD, can, in some cases, lead to reckless and dangerous acts being carried out by the user. For someone who already has an unstable mindset, these particular drugs can result in very disturbing experiences.

Heroin and alcohol are sedative drugs, which can ultimately cause a fatal overdose if the individual overindulges. These substances can cause the user to become disorientated, often ending up in accidents, both minor and more serious. This type of drug is highly addictive, which leads to physical dependence and even withdrawal symptoms when the user tries to quit. Many of these individuals find that addiction detox is the only way to quit their habit; this can sometimes be very unpleasant.

Users of stimulant drugs such as ecstasy and cocaine will likely experience regular panic attacks and anxiety if continually using these drugs. Those with high blood pressure or a history of heart problems have a greater risk of health issues when using stimulant drugs.

Drugs and Self-Loathing

One addict who allowed drugs to take over his life is Dave Oliver, a gay man from a small town in Australia. He struggled to come to terms with being gay and was constantly worried about gaining acceptance from peers and family. Oliver used crystal meth as a way to block out the constant worry and stress he felt in regards to his sexuality. He is an avid rugby fan, and one of his main hobbies was playing rugby for a local team. He admitted, “Everything else took a back seat. I lost interest in rugby (union) and my family, which were two of the things I had always loved most.”

He went on to say, “I am hoping to tell my story and want to see it snowball, with other people sharing theirs. If I had read about someone in a similar situation as me, then maybe I would have been able to get the help I needed sooner.”

Oliver attended an addiction detox programme in Sydney, which helped and supported him while he was overcoming his addiction and learning to love himself for who he truly is. It also acted as a therapy group, making it clear to him that burying his past and hiding his sexuality from others led to his mental health issues and, consequently, his drug addiction.

Overcoming an Addiction

Many addicts like Oliver do not realise they are addicted to the substance until it is too late for them. In many cases, the addiction does not get noticed until it is at a stage where it entirely consumes the user and forces others to notice.

For many of those who struggle with an addiction, the hardest step is often the first – deciding to make the change. Many worry and feel guilty about having second thoughts or feeling uncertain, but this is all part of overcoming any addiction.

No one treatment works for everyone. Different people have different needs, and any successful addiction detox programme will be tailored to the user and his or her own situation. One of the most important things is to find a treatment programme that works for the particular individual to ensure maximum results.

To overcome an addiction, it is usually necessary for the user to partake in an addiction detox programme, whether this is through the NHS, a private clinic, or even a local support group. For many, trying to quit without any form of help or support does not end well, and the addict often relapses. It can be extremely helpful for addicts to attend one of these programmes as they are given an array of suitable treatments and methods to help them beat the addiction. Dedicated staff will provide around-the-clock care and support to aid users.


Source: How a gay footy player’s life spiralled into meth addiction as he struggled to deal with coming out in a small Australian country town (Daily Mail)

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