For much of his early life, Jay Shifman was told that he was living with a debilitating issue of Mental Health. As his condition worsened, he was prescribed more drugs at ever higher doses until, in his early 20s, he was daily taking more than the estimated lethal dosage of one drug and misusing many others while living with a full-blown issue of Substance Misuse thanks to prescription pills. "At 23, after two suicide attempts, an overdose, and time spent in an inpatient hospital and a rehab facility, I decided enough was enough and pledged myself to withdraw from all of my prescriptions. Over the next few years, many of my symptoms completely disappeared."
After entering recovery, and rebuilding my life, I pledged myself to one mission: regaining the choice over my struggles. In a world where many don’t get a first chance, I realized just how lucky I was to get my second. I decided to dedicate my life to making a difference around the topics of Mental Health and Substance Misuse & Recovery. After years of having my struggle chosen for me—to simply make it through the day—I finally chose what to struggle for."
In this episode Jay shares his story with us and it is nothing less than inspiring. Jay now shares his story with and helps others in a variety of ways. Find him here:
Check out his podcast here: Choose Your Struggle
Check out Rock Bottom Storytellers on YouTube
Check him out on LinkedIn
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