Hi Sean, thank you so much for offering to share your story with us. Your opioid addiction began in high school, when you were involved in a sports injury, and ended with you checking into rehab for heroin-addiction. Can you describe what happened that resulted in your doctor prescribing you opioids in the first place?
ANSWER: When I was seventeen, I was injured while playing football. After x-raying me, my doctor diagnosed me with a herniated disc and prescribed me Percocet. Not too long after the dosage was increased to 10 mg., I built up a tolerance to that, and had to take too many pills just for it to be effective any more. Then I was switched to Oxycontin. The injury was something I was eventually able to resolve through therapy, but it was the way the drug made me feel that kept me hooked on it. I was at a point where I was questioning my tolerance, seeing how far I could push the envelope.
Mother and wife from Rhode Island. Writer of contemporary fiction.