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The Doctor’s Role In Opiate Addiction

March 25, 2013
A whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers...

A whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers… (Photo credit: ep_jhu)

I was in Lockport this morning fighting for a new MRI since my last one is two years old, the insurance company claims that I’m in the “palative care” stage and a new MRI isn’t conducive to my condition and neither is physical therapy…made me feel like I was dying or something, but among all the legal mumbo jumbo I heard in there somewhere that I won! Well, I will receive 12 sessions of physical therapy prior to my surgery and a new MRI for the surgery.

As I waited for the courtroom drama to unfold, I thought about how I arrived here. I remembered the first tear of a script off the doctor’s little grey pad six years ago. I remember him handing it to me, I remember thinking, “jackpot, everybody’s taking these, I can make some money,” never did it cross my mind to take hydrocodone. In fact I did try one and it made me sick. I stuck to my Motrin 800, not for long though. People all around me were nodding out and I wanted to feel like that, I wanted to go to sleep and forget about it all.

The doctor sent me to pain management, they gave me Oxycodones, muscle relaxers, it was a legal drug dealer and I was slowly destroying my life and had know idea what was happening. So I thought what it that first doctor had asked me? What if they had some sort of screening, or a session with a counselor before prescribing narcotics. I would have found them eventually anyway I guess. I just think that if he had somehow checked a bit he would have seen a pattern developing, I had already been hospitalized once for a psych eval, I had been arrested three times in a month and a half six months before he wrote that script, all alcohol related charges, he clearly would have seen that over almost the course of a 9 month period I was rapidly deteriating.

I just had a little time on my hands in the waiting room before my hearing and thought I’d share my thoughts.


From → My Story, Recovery

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