A conversation with DRS about alcohol & drugs

Del Rok Ski is an MC based in Manchester, UK. I've known of Del for a long time not only for his music, but also as being part of the Manchester skate scene. Del was kind enough to share some of his story with us, about how he decided to leave alcohol and drugs behind, and move forward with his life.

Del's newest track with Dynamite, 2020.

Can you tell me why you decided to make a change regarding alcohol & drugs?

I just came to a crossroads. My future was either going to be my family and a career I've worked for all my life, or drink and drugs. There was a time not long ago when my decision would have been different, but in the cold light of day during this global pandemic, I realised there was no space for this selfishness in my life anymore.

Who was your main support network to help you make this change?

By this point I'd already worked out what was causing this behaviour. It was a mixture of anxiety, grief and self hate that mostly came from all of the above. For me, the main support was from my family and friends, and the majority of this process was behind the closed doors of lockdown.

If you could name one or two things that you do on a day-to-day or weekly basis that helps you to maintain the progress you've made, what would they be?

Yeah, I have three things:

The first is my family, I think of them and how they would feel if I went down with my demons; the second is my music, one of my oldest friends and confidants; and thirdly, skateboarding, my other oldest companion. Between these I find meditation and calm.

How has changing your lifestyle choices benefited you?

When you're constantly hung over or coming down from drugs, all your patience and rationality go out the window. My family and music become secondary to "the wave" and skating was none existing at that time. Stopping alcohol and drugs has benefited my family, music, and I'm skating better than ever.

What are you plans for the future?

My only plans are to continue to make art and music and to skate for as long as the universe and my body permits. I've realised on this journey that the names, places, numbers and awards mean nothing and all that really matters is family, friends, health and love.

Thank you Del, you've come so far and I wish you all the best for your future!

There is always support out there for anybody needed help with alcohol or drugs. Check out some of these links below:

The NHS and Drink Aware have loads of useful facts and tips about alcohol

The NHS have some helpful advice about drugs and where to gain support

Click here to find UK drug support services via FRANK

Click here to find an NHS Alcohol Addiction Support Service near you

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