Throughout his early adult life, Will, when using Adderall, wrestled with debilitating episodes of despondency that would affect him both physically and mentally, to the point where he could not leave his bed for days at a time. It was a crippling condition. Regrettably, it was also one his family often struggled to fully understand.
Will committed to stop drinking alcohol in January 2013. He joined AA and benefited tremendously, hoping this would be the solution to his underlying problem. He spent a solid two years committed to recovery and pursuing a healthier lifestyle. He regularly attended AA meetings, avoided alcohol, and stopped using Adderall. He focused on eating healthy, managing sleep and began playing competitive tennis again. In 2016, he eagerly returned to the workplace and eventually got engaged. Will seemed happy and all seemed to be going well until Adderall crept back in his life. In Will’s mind, he needed it to continue feeling well and to achieve his own professional expectations. His abusive use of the drug caused him to once again spiral into major depression. Will fought his battle long and hard for nearly 20 years, but at age 38, he succumbed to the debilitating and sinister disease he could not escape, a disease he struggled to both manage and accept.
Our mission through this foundation is to give hope to those battling addiction and depression, and to help those affected believe and know that, while at times the darkness may be overwhelming, life is always worth living. The journey, though, requires commitment, compliance, and most importantly acceptance. Finally, it is our hope and prayer that the families and friends of those suffering from mental illness will commit to compassion and love and will never lose hope. Above all, rely on your faith to endure and persevere; it is the source of strength each and every day we are all so blessed to have.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4