Nunavummiuq recalls addictions struggle and journey to sobriety – Nunavut News

November 20, 2023

Like many people who struggle with addiction, there were many factors that went into Nunavummiuq Moses Totalik’s dark journey through substance abuse.

It evolved following a breakup from his first major relationship. Suddenly, Totalik’s dabbling with alcohol and marijuana took a serious turn for the worse. Occasionally partaking socially morphed into increasing secretive abuse, and the then-22-year-old was convicted of driving under the influence. Although Totalik pulled over safely and avoided hitting anything after his vehicle ran out of gas, his licence was revoked, despite it being a first offence. He was charged with being involved in a “single vehicle collision.”

“I don’t remember all of it,” he admits. “I just remember putting my hand out… apparently I tried flagging people down. After that, I remember the solid bed in the jail cell and the breathalyzer.”

That incident became the catalyst that sent Totalik on a downward spiral of addiction.

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