Really good to hear your story and how it's turned out for you. Moving to the middle of nowhere helped?? Bet your not far being off grid are you.I went down during the boom. Long after, I realised that it was basically because I'd overdone the drink.
Many years later, a close friend went down. Much worse than me - psychiatrists banging on the windows and all that. Total life falling apart stuff. The medics couldn't take apart the alcoholism and the schizophrenia.... it was a total pain in the arse.
It went on for a considerable time. More than a year anyway.
Every one of the other 'clients of the health service' that I met in that time wasn't looking after themselves. The doctor begged them to but they didn't.
During that time, I moved to Burnley and did some work on line. It was a p**i area and I was very isolated. I caught myself though, (after I'd put on 40lb) and got a dog. With the dog came routine. With routine came better things. With that came the gym. With the gym came better eating and with that I felt great, even in s**t circumstances. And off came the 40lb.
It was hard work but I was happy in circumstances which had almost killed me ten years ago.
I no a few lads come out of the military with bad bouts what they've done and seen just couldn't handle it after that.
I'm watching one of them now his lifes going downhill he's on steroids hitting and aggressive behaviour not giving a s**t about his little boy started a new family with someone else.. Long story. Makes or breaks you though.
I no another lad had to shoot a kid who had a machine gun him or me he said.. It would have finished me that I think.