Authored by Paul Senescall – Schick Shadel Hospital Alumnus
On paper society says I’m the guy that has it all together. I’m a husband, father of two, Christian, homeowner, construction superintendent, college graduate, a Division One football player who had a full ride scholarship, Washington State 4A Football Player of the Year, and Humanitarian Bowl champion.
What if I added recovering alcoholic and someone who dealt with severe depression to that list? Would you write me off? Would that be surprising? I have come to a place in my life that I am finally proud of ALL of my accomplishments. Even the two our society might label as a failure. What I have learned is mental health and addiction do not discriminate against social status, age, gender, race, the wealthy or the poor. It can find you and control you. Even with all of my successes in life, addiction found me and it took control of my life causing a depression that was suffocating me every day.