In the last decade, prescription drug addiction has taken the country by storm. In Florida, where more prescription medication is dispensed than anywhere else in the country, prescription drug addiction is affecting every citizen in some way or another.
One former Florida resident and prescription drug addict, Heather M., gives her story of how prescription drugs snuck into her life and took complete control.
“I went into a doctor’s office in South Florida to have him check on some back pain I was having,” explains Heather. “Without even looking at my MRI or X-Rays, he was filling out a prescription to Oxy Contin.”
According to an analysis of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s data, 98 of the top 100 doctors dispensing Oxy Contin nationally are in Florida. In addition approximately 126 million pills of Oxy Contin are dispensed through Florida pharmacies. These numbers are staggering, considering that Oxy Contin is a prescription drug that is comparable only to heroin or morphine.
“I got on methadone to get off OxyContin which was a huge mistake,” explains Heather, a former methadone addict and recent graduate of the Narconon program. “I stopped taking heroin but developed a dependency towards the methadone. For me, methadone was even more addictive than the Oxy Contin. ”
Methadone was developed as a substitute treatment, used by those struggling with heroin addiction. The theory is that one will substitute the methadone for their heroin addiction, reducing withdrawal symptoms, and then they will be weaned off of the methadone.
“I was on methadone for 9 years and it totally destroyed my body,” said Heather. “As a result to the prolonged us of methadone, I developed an under-active thyroid, requiring me to take medication for the rest of my life. I also developed a severe calcium and magnesium deficiency from the methadone, causing me to have body cramps almost a year and a half later. The withdrawals from methadone are far worse than Oxy Contin.”
Stories like this are far more common than one might believe. An individual goes into a doctor’s office looking for some help with a injury, such as a back pain, and leave with a prescription to powerful drugs such as Oxy Contin. They then become addicted to the euphoric feeling produced by the prescription drug. In many cases, the individual becomes “strung out” on the drug and many even overdose or die.
This did not occur Heather’s case. Luckily, she found relief from her addiction through a rehabilitation program called Narconon.
“Narconon Arrowhead offered immediate help with my addiction and truly cared about my well-being,” said Heather.” They handled the full extent of my addiction; the physical and mental issues surrounding my drug problem and did this using a method that was totally drug free.”
Narconon, an inpatient treatment program, offers a drug-free approach to rehabilitation. The facility specializes in handing prescription addiction as well as addiction to all drugs and alcohol and achieves a more than 70% success rate for permanent sobriety from addiction.
“I wish I would have tried Narconon before using methadone for my Oxy Contin addiction,” says Heather, “Thanks to Narconon, I am no longer dependent on drugs or medication. I have found permanent sobriety.”
For more information on prescription addiction or to help a loved one, contact Narconon today at 800-468-6933.