After two years without drugs, Health24 user Heather* looks back at her journey out of the depth of addiction. (*Not her real name.)
After my second child was born, I developed thyroid disease which was misdiagnosed as post-natal depression. I was treated with anti-depressants, tranquillisers and sleeping tablets. Over the next four years my consumption of these steadily increased. I suffered from constant panic attacks, headaches and insomnia. I slept or lay down – isolated – whenever I could. I used tranquillisers before every stressful situation, especially driving with my two kids in the car. I became obsessed with my tablets, counting them over and over each day. Even when my thyroid was treated, my doctor whom I was also seeing for therapy, made no attempt to stop my medication or even slow it down.