Opiate Prescription Addiction from pain management as a result of a Sports Injury. At forty-six years old and needing detox for prescription addiction to opiate medication that required detox 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 I focused on my studies and in 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 availed me growth 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. However in the early morning or on work trips you could always find me on the green playing a round golf with some guys from work.
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 and pin they put in 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 myself, how I interacted with my kids and wife, and my performance at work and my free time and keeping myself fit. At 46-years-old I felt like everything was falling apart and opiate prescription addiction from pain management seemed like what I was experiencing.
What was worse was it seemed like every time reduced the pain medication the pain in my knee got worse. I became afraid it would never get better so I increased the amount of pain medication hoping I would be able to pull it together, but 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 questioned if I was addicted to the pain medication. Had I become an addict?
My wife was complaining all the time that I wasn’t getting anything done around house, and 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. I didn’t know who to talk to. I couldn’t tell my doctor(s) because I needed them to continue to write me prescriptions or I was going to get sick. 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.
Finally, my wife found a collection of empty pill bottles and 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 provided me a medication for detox to get me off of all those prescriptions where I didn’t get sick. They helped realign some of my thinking that had been so corrupted by that dark cloud in the dependency in that opiate prescription addiction from pain management.
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, however I’m available emotionally and to encourage them in their sports, I’m hundred percent at work and as successful or more successful than I’ve ever been and I’m available for my wife and my marriage – I have my life back.