Stuck in a circle that led to depression

addictions got worse, follow the crowd, the wrong people,

ryan-addyI had a very negative mind-set; I was involved with the wrong people and just felt completely lost. It was because of these people that I got caught up in gambling, which eventually became an addiction.

It all started in school, where we would play blackjack. To begin with, it was just a game, but then we got bored, so we introduced the money element. This was the beginning of my gambling addiction. In later years, I started going to casinos, and I even stole money from my parents.

I used to be very insecure about myself, and this is what made me turn to other things, on top of the gambling, like parties, pornography, and weed, just to feel some sense of fulfilment. Over time, all of these addictions got worse and I became depressed.

I reached a point in time where I realised that I needed help. I was aware of how weak my mind had become and that I desperately needed to change. I sought help from a friend who had changed through the power of faith. He introduced me to the UCKG HelpCentre, and this is where I learned how to pray and use my faith to help me reform. Without faith, I would have been stuck.

Now I am a changed man; I know what I want to do in my life. I no longer follow the crowd, and I don’t gamble or do any of the things that I used to any more. I don’t need them to be fulfilled, and as a result, I am no longer depressed. I know who I am, I have my own identity, and I am happy.

Ryan Addy

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