Enduring represents the
sorrows, traumas, despair, and hopelessness
experienced by our participants prior to accessing the site and to some extent,
their experiences that continue outside the site.
Participants spoke to
enduring traumas, and
enduring in the face of trauma
Enduring represented the experiences of participants prior to accessing support through the site and to some
extent, their experiences that continue when not at the site. It reflected the sorrows, traumas, despair, and
hopelessness experienced during substance use.
While participants highlighted that they survived the multiple challenges associated with substance use prior to the opening of the site, doing so was difficult and accompanied by significant isolation, oppression, and ultimately, risk of dying. Before coming to the site, the only relationships many participants had were precarious relationships with other peers.
Many had experienced overdoses or had witnessed friends die due to overdose or other health complications linked to substance use.
Some participants found it too difficult to talk about what they had endured. For those who did talk, they
illustrated how they had stopped caring for themselves or others due to a lack of hope for the future.