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“I am happy. I accept the way things are, and enjoy talking with my wife and kids.”
That may not seem like a giant step, but for Greg, and many others like him, the simple prescription for a good life is not that easy to find.
Although Greg now describes himself as a family man, his marriage, and his family were both in crisis not so long ago. In fact, his wife had initiated a separation. Greg was angry and had turned to alcohol for comfort. But he also knew he had to turn things around, and the first step was his discovery of the Healthy Choices program at Family Counseling Centre of Cambridge and North Dumfries.
“Asking for help is a sign of weakness. You’re supposed to “man up.”
1 out of 5 Canadians will struggle with mental health at some point in their lives. There is, of course, a stigma attached to that and in some cases even more when a man is looking for support. Those negative social attitudes prevent many people from reaching out for the help which is available.
For Greg, the Healthy Choices program was a first step on the path toward recovery. In a group setting, he says, there was no shame, and men struggling with the same issues can share as much….or as little as they want. Program staff listened first, he says, and then provided excellent information on how to overcome his obstacles.
Now he feels like what he was going through has been validated, and he knows how to respond rather than react. He knows how to take time to listen. He knows the only person he can control is himself. And, he’s not as angry as he used to be. Today, Greg is reunited with his family. He is maintaining his sobriety and appreciates the life he is creating, one step at a time.