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My Life: From Heroin and Opiate Addiction to Recovery Success


If you think marijuana is no big deal…read on to see my downward spiral into the world of opiate addiction & how my parents helped my recovery success

When you hear celebrities and politicians telling you marijuana is no big deal and harmless, don’t believe them! I’m telling you this first hand so you can avoid this happening to your kid, spouse or friend. What began as a way to relax to deal with pressures of school quickly turned into a lifestyle of drug addiction. If you don’t think marijuana can lead to heroin and opiate addiction, especially not to your son or daughter, read this, because it is absolutely a gateway drug!

With the promise of a shiny new sports car upon graduation, I did what it took to squeak by finishing school. Marijuana and pounding down beers wasn’t cutting it. I needed something stronger to boost me through finals. When I told my friend Jake I was having a rough time focusing on studying, he said he had something to help me out. Apparently, Jake’s dad takes lots of painkillers (aka opiates) since his car accident messed up his back and neck. Percocet, oxycodone and whatever else he got his hands on. So Jakes’s dad’s doctor inadvertently became my drug dealer and I got my corvette!

Unfortunately my drug addiction did not stop when I graduated high school. I was completely overwhelmed by college and needed a new way to get me through each day. Since opiate painkillers were no longer an option, I became friends with the cool kids who were into heroin. When snorting it wasn’t cutting it, I began shooting heroin. This was my new normal until my corvette was no longer shiny or new and I landed in the hospital after crashing into a cement utility pole. I don’t remember blacking out or the accident when I awoke in the hospital. I was back in the world of opiates with frequent doses of Percocet.

When the tox screen results came back my parents freaked. They didn’t even know I was using, let alone had a drug addiction. As soon as I was released from the hospital they shipped me off to drug rehab. I started with detox which was hell, but I made it through the whole 30 days and was ready to come home. Apparently my parents had other plans for me. Turns out Jake had overdosed when I was in inpatient rehab and there was no way my parents were going to let that happen to their son. So I was stuck in drug rehab for another 60 days. I resisted at first but then made some real connections in group therapy with guys who were just like me but seemed so much more together. I figured if they can do it, so can I. So, I stopped fighting myself and decided to listen to the treatment staff.

I am far from in the clear but I am sober. I live in a sober living home with some of the guys from drug rehab. I have a part time job and go to outpatient treatment every day. I’m continuously learning to respect myself and how to live with integrity. Thank God my parents had the foresight to look beyond my lies, deceit and abuse to get me the help I truly needed. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Take the first step and contact Valley Detox Center 24/7 at (888) 544-6049 to begin your road to recovery.


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