Casualty of the War on Drugs

For those who might not know, Florida was the prescription addiction capital of the country for a long time. Where I lived, there were four "pain management clinics" in a 40-mile radius. Every other week, you would hear on the local news about some doctor getting arrested and having their license revoked for writing fake prescriptions. I was right in the middle of this, and had developed an OxyContin addiction after having back surgery when I was 36. Unfortunately, as easy it was to get access to pills, it was just as hard to get access to treatment beyond overwhelmed and ill-equipped Florida drug detox centers. Treatment efforts could not keep up with the rampant addiction epidemic that was gripping the state. 
 
As the state started cracking down, clinics were closing one by one. I had to start going to separate dealers and buying pills online from Illinois and Canada. I had been lucky enough to avoid arrest up to this point and didn't want to risk getting caught up with the few pill mills that were actually left. I was the owner of a profitable business, pushing 40 with two small children and I was now resorting to clandestine dishonesty, dealing with people that would have just easily sold me rat poison if I could come up with the $15 per tablet. I even set up a PO box so the pills wouldn't come to my house. Eventually the time it took for these packages to arrive became harder and harder to handle. I craved pills practically every minute of the day. 
 
As I fell deeper and deeper into addiction, I began to resent this supposed "reform" because I believed that it left people like me, who had already been hooked on these pills, out in the cold with no viable treatment or protection from relapse. They were so quick to give us these pills, now they were trying to take them away and offer no measure of relief from the screaming pain and sickening illness that we experienced when we had to suddenly go without them. From where I stood, treatment was just delaying the inevitable journey toward death and deterioration. i wasn't aware of any Florida detox centers that could come close to helping me. I found out how wrong I was when my wife pleaded with with me to get help. 
 
Something inside of me said that if I was able to make it through detox, I would never have to go back to pills again. I had everything riding on this obstacle, mainly because I believed it to be the hardest part of the process...and it was. My body was tested in ways it had never been tested before, or ever should have had to be. But at the end of the line, I was able to keep the promise to myself. I haven't touched pills in three years, and am determined to keep the flame of sobriety burning. The hardest part of recovery is gathering the confidence and strength to pursue it to full-force. 

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