I believe we are solely responsible for our choices, and that we have to except accountability for them. But, how can we make the right choice, if we don’t know.
So, when I was prescribed Percocet by my doctor, I didn’t know. I didn’t know that I had a genetic predisposition to addiction, and I was 40 times more likely to become an addict. I also didn’t know that poor coping skills after traumatic life events also could lead to addiction.
At 28 years old, that first prescription changed my life forever. I began a journey down a dangerous highway of pill after pill and, eventually, drug after drug. I spent over 2 years in 4 county jails, became jobless, homeless, and addicted. I lost my children, my right bicep, and almost lost my life several times before I found my way out.
I finally found recovery via the drug court system in my hometown, and I have never looked back.
MAT, (Vivitrol®), and outpatient treatment provided with a grant through my local Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, I was able to change my thinking, change my actions, and change my life.
Today I work in recovery, helping others navigate their way to a better way of living and I share my story as much as I can. I have never been more proud to look in the mirror.