Let's Talk Mental Health

An Important Thread on Addiction – How We Respond As Muslims

A while back, I watched Demi Lovato’s documentary “Simply Complicated” and found it to be an insightful and honest portrayal into her battle with mental illnesses. In the one hour feature, she talks candidly about her battle with cocaine, alcohol and eating disorder. The documentary spoke to me because I recognise the courage it takes to share one’s struggles publicly with the world. Over the past few months, Lovato has been honest about her relapse and sadly this week she was rushed to the hospital due to a suspected drug overdose.

As someone who is passionate about having conversations surrounding mental health, I find that whilst we are becoming more comfortable having conversations about illnesses such as depression, anxiety or bi-polar disorder, addiction remains a heavy taboo within our community. So it was refreshing to come across the thread below by Tareq on Twitter.

It’s important to understand that there are people amongst us that are dealing with unspeakable pain. And sometimes in dealing with pain, addiction manifests. We have to approach the issue of mental illness with empathy and be there for people in a non-judgemental manner.

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