Living with illness or a health condition
NOTE: Quotes are presented word for word apart from minor editing for readability and clarity. Identifying details have been removed. Square brackets show text that has been added, e.g. ‘I want to maintain [my current level of drug use]’. Ellipses within square brackets […] show where text has been removed, e.g. ‘Counselling was good but […] I would have liked more information about other treatment options’.
Of the people interviewed for this website, many describe themselves as healthy and say they have not experienced significant periods of illness. However, some live with a chronic health condition or have experienced a period of illness (see also Living with a mental health condition). Here they talk about their experiences of living with a range of health conditions. In some cases the illness is described as connected to alcohol and other drug use, in others it isn’t. For those with a pre-existing condition, some say consuming alcohol or another drug has helped them to cope with the symptoms of the condition, while other find it makes their condition worse. Living with an illness has led some to cut down, stop or otherwise change their consumption (see also Changing patterns of consumption). A few say they’ve suffered complications while undergoing inpatient treatment for a health condition as they had to suddenly stop consuming alcohol or another drug while in hospital. Undertaking alcohol and other drug treatment led some people to access treatment for another health condition.