A few people have said and done things that were unhelpful and made me question my future involvement in AA. More than once I stormed out of a meeting crying because I was alone in a sea of others, surrounded by those who wanted to help me but didn’t know how to reach me. It took another friend dying to make me realize that living was worth forgiving.
Kyle Krieger shares his raw, haunting story of addiction, struggles with sexuality, and growing up in his sister’s shadow. Krieger, now a successful hairstylist, uses his online influence to discuss addiction, health and fitness, and being comfortable in your own skin.
Among oppressed communities, substance use prevalence rates are generally higher because these communities are disproportionately exposed to factors that are known to increase the risk of addiction. In the case of trans communities, we face stressors to which the general population is not subject, including stigma, prejudice, discrimination and violence.
I had a lot of substance abuse through high school – drinking, doing drugs, partying too hard. I never really connected it to wanting an escape or wanting to feel like I was getting a release. But looking back I can definitely say that I was trying to escape the life I was living. Because … Continued