At forty-six years old, I needed detox for an opiate prescription addiction that all started with pain management from a sports injury. I’ve always been athletic. In high school, I played football and track. In college, during my free time, I was always on the basketball court with my buddies or played a friendly game of football on the weekends. I went to a great university and landed a job that allowed me to grow professionally.
In my personal life, I got married at 32 years old and my wife and I now have two kids. At one point, our kids were in middle school and played club soccer. I would run around with them during my free time on the soccer field for practice for their games. In the early morning or on work trips, you could always find me on the green playing a round of golf.
Last year, I was playing with my boys on the field and my knee went out. I could feel the tear as I went down. After the surgery for the repair, over the next several months, I was in physical therapy and on pain medication. At the same time, my production network declined. It really affected how I felt about myself, how I interacted with my kids and wife, and how I performed at work. At 46-years-old, I felt like everything was falling apart.
Withdrawal Symptoms Increased When I Tried to Stop on my Own
What was worse was it seemed like every time I would try to reduce the pain medication the pain in my knee would increase. I became afraid it would never get better so I would increase the amount of pain medication hoping I would be able to pull it together. It was a disaster. Then I tried again to reduce the medication and I felt sick, my muscles ached, I got sweats, and threw up. Something changed. I began to question if I was addicted to pain medication. Had I become an addict?
Opiate Prescription Addiction Controlled my Life
My wife began to complain all the time that I wasn’t getting anything done around the house, and that I was sleeping all the time. I was agitated when I wasn’t sleeping and just wanted to be left alone. It was like I was under this dark cloud all the time, and didn’t know who to talk to. I couldn’t tell my doctor(s) because I needed them to continue to write prescriptions to feed my opiate prescription addiction. I was embarrassed and ashamed – is what my life and become, is this who I had to become? A prescription addict? I had three doctors that were treating me and prescribing me opiate medication like OxyContin, hydrocodone, and Percocet and I was clearly dependent and addicted.
Intervention Services When I Needed it
Finally, my wife found a collection of empty pill bottles. She knew I was taking far too many pills and made a phone call to get me into treatment. The staff were so helpful and gave me medication to detox in a way where I wouldn’t get sick. They began to help realign some of the thinking that had been so corrupted by that dark cloud that opiate prescription addiction created.
Today, my knee feels better and I am able to play golf again as good as ever. I am very careful with what I do and play with my kids. I’m available emotionally and to encourage them in their sports. I’m a hundred percent at work and as successful or more successful than I’ve ever been. Most importantly, I’m available for my wife and my marriage – I have my life back.