I’m creating this page to honor my fallen friend Andrew Holtz. He tragically passed on recently, consequently devastating all of those close to him because it’s without argument that anyone Andrew befriended or got to know would inevitably love him. His presence was like a shower of warming light that would not cease to keep you laughing or smiling like an idiot.
Andrew was one of the most kind, caring people I’ve ever known - but he wasn’t without his struggles. Like myself, he had long struggled with depression and anxiety, and psychiatry had let him down when it came to methods of dealing with it--while avoiding dependence to strong psychiatric drugs. Shortly before his passing, he was still dealing with the horrifying withdrawal symptoms of both benzodiazapenes and methadone. The dependence formed on these drugs and his attempt to cease his use of them put him in constant, horrifying pain. Despite this, he maintained his warm/friendly demeanor when among close friends or loved ones. I believe these drugs and Andrew’s attempts to get away from them added greatly to his suffering, as well to his growing distrust of doctors and psychiatry.