This year has been challenging for everyone and for those struggling with addiction or the families and loved ones of someone with an addiction it has been made worse. The current
circumstances have made it even more important for us all to stay connected and, for those who are able, be willing to support those around us.
People with an addiction are already marginalised and disconnected from society due to harsh moral judgements alienating people from the care and support most needed. At WRAD we support a move to put those judgements aside to “check in” on someone you know who may be struggling with an addiction and ask R U OK?
Unfortunately rates of mental illness among those with a substance use disorder are significantly higher than the general population. There are many reasons for this and at
WRAD asks that you seek to understand why a person might be engaging in substance misuse before ‘judging’ them. It is quite common for people suffering depression and anxiety to turn
to substance use as a means of coping; however, it’s no solution and what they need is help.
At WRAD we have trained clinicians and doctors who are ready to offer assistance and access to specialist psychiatric support.
Don’t suffer in silence and if you are concerned for yourself or a loved one, after you ask R U OK offer them support to get to help.
On the other side of this is those that live with someone with an addiction. The burden of stress and worry for someone with an addiction also takes a toll on those around them. Again,
if you know a family member, loved one or friend of someone with an addiction ask them R U OK? There is a growing amount of support to those that care for someone with an addiction
but again due to stigma and possible guilt families and loved ones can suffer in silence.
At WRAD we ask that you put judgment aside and use this day as an opportunity to check in and ask R U OK? Don’t be afraid of the response as we are here to help. You don’t have to
be an expert to keep the conversation going when someone says they’re not OK. By knowing what to say you can help someone feel supported and access appropriate help long before they’re in crisis, which can make a really positive difference to their life.