Real Stories. Touched With Enlyte.
Plagued By Life’s Challenges
Student. To An Addict.
Sam, a college student, was under pressure to complete his projects. Building project pressure put him under stress and subsequent working long weekend hours made him anxious. Furthermore, he felt inferior, as his friends partied and he worked on weekends. Yet the projects weren’t complete. Failing to get things done pushed him to depression. He started taking drugs – Meth and Cocaine, hoping to get the much-needed boost.
Professional. To Serial Gambler.
Retired. But Not From Alcohol.
At 68, a retired Pat should have had a quaint life, not a looming divorce and unsupportive children. Many of his friends had passed away, and he felt invisible with none to care for him. He had considered suicide as an option too. Pat wasn’t stressed but depressed enough to rely on Vodka. It helped him to sleep well. Soon he was mixing alcohol with morning tea, drinking at lunch and passing out, completely drunk by nightfall. And so was his daily routine, with a new bottle of vodka or whiskey, trying to make it through.
Marine. With Memories Not So Happy.
A volunteer firefighter, Tom’s dream to make firefighting his lifetime profession. But a witness to horrifying incidents and accidents on the job, he resorted to drinks to numb the memories. He thought drinks were helping him feel fine each morning, but he was growing emotionally distant. When many of his friends joined the military he enlisted too and trained to be a marine. First-hand war zone experience opened his eyes to further misery, and he sought solace in alcohol as an occasional distraction. This didn’t change even after he left the army. To a traumatized Tom, normal life didn’t seem to be normal and he found it hard to fit in. He started having panic attacks from daily things, like a seeing a car’s headlight or the sound of thunder and lightning. He became depressed and didn’t feel like his life was worth living.
Caregiver. Not Caring For Self Anymore.
A woman in her late 50s, Susan was busy caring for her mother who was diagnosed with dementia. Her brother had moved to a different city and Susan was the only one tending to her. She visited the elderly home where her mother lived, every day after work and on weekends. This meant she spent less time with her husband and daughters, and with her friends. She was missing things she enjoyed and this left her guilty and sad. Besides this, her mother’s deteriorating condition made her lose hope. Personal stress impacted her professional performance. She was exhausted, felt like a failiure and developed depression.
Slasher. Coping Numbness With Self Harm.
A rough childhood due to sexual abuse from her uncle had severely affected Mary. From an early age she had felt faceless and invisible, assuming her parents hated her (though they didn’t). At the age of 13, she was getting alcohol from older boys, though she was good at deflecting their sexual advances. She didn’t have the urge of being intimate, and felt emotionally empty. That’s when she began consuming more alcohol, just to feel something. All she felt was the guilt of drinking and took to fantasizing about inflicting self-injury. Fantasy became a reality and Mary began slashing her thighs and wrists regularly, not to die, but just to feel at ease something. She drank more and punished herself even more for that. She knew it wasn’t the right thing to do, but physical pain kept reminding her that she wasn’t invisible anymore.
Vaping. Failed To Start His Dream Career.
David hated his grandfather’s habit of smoking and the smell of cigarettes. Yet, in high school when vaping became popular, he gave it a try and had loved it. Many flavors, the absence of ‘tar’ as in cigarettes, and easy availability had convinced David that there were no negative health issues since he was on a fast track to becoming a professional swimmer. What he didn’t know about was the high levels of nicotine. After 6 months of vaping, he had developed a nicotine addiction. Next, he started using cigarettes. To him, they felt better and didn’t smell so bad anymore. However, they effectively killed his potential swimming career. To this day, he tries to quit, but the triggers and cravings always lead him to a packet of cigarettes. He just can’t stop.