Looking after health & well-being
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’.
Health and well-being are key concerns for the people whose experiences are presented on this website. Health is commonly defined here as relating to mental and physical condition. Well-being is often closely connected to health but also includes emotional, social and spiritual factors contributing to happiness and life satisfaction. On this website, people discuss health and well-being in different ways, describing a range of strategies for maintaining good health and well-being. Many note that eating a balanced diet, having a regular routine, and getting enough sleep are important. Others say that being healthy and well involves taking steps to avoid getting sick or run-down, such as taking vitamins, avoiding smoking, exercising and limiting or taking breaks from alcohol and other drug consumption (see also subsections under Consumption in everyday life). Although some say they limit consumption to keep healthy, others describe consumption as an important part of health and well-being. Finding a balance between work and leisure is seen as important. The value of alternative therapies such as yoga, meditation and acupuncture is also highlighted. A few say they struggle to look after health, noting that work commitments, changes to regular routine and certain patterns of consumption can impact negatively on health.