Addiction Recovery Testimonial of Success

My Secret: “I am a Drug Addict”

If you passed me on the street or in line at the grocery store, you would never know I have a secret. If you sat across from me in a staff or board meeting, you would never know I have a secret. If you saw me at the park playing with my grandson, you would never know I have a secret. I am a mother, a grandmother, and a manager in a white-collar world. I look just like you, I talk just like you. I am an educated person, I work every day from 9:00 to 5:00 and I live with a secret every day. Last year my net salary was $120,000, I have a nice home in a nice neighborhood. I drive a nice car; I wear the latest designer fashions. I take vacations at the beach and the mountains and I take my secret with me everywhere I go.

My Secret: “I am a Drug Addict”

You may picture a drug addict as a hopeless, homeless, uneducated person, but your picture of me would be wrong. I have the same addiction as the man under the bridge, and the lady on the corner. The only difference is I am a functioning addict. For many years I lied to myself. I told myself, “I am not like them, I don’t look like them, I am not a drug addict”.

But when I tried to stop, the sickness was so great and terrible. “I COULD NOT STOP!” I then learned the truth about myself. “I AM A DRUG ADDICT!!” I have struggled for 15 years with this problem. The stigma and the shame. My life is not supposed to be this way. What happened?

That is until I saw an ad for HealthQwest.

I knew in my heart I was tired of a pill dictating my every move. How could this bottle have control of me? I called the number. The phone began to ring. I was so scared. I told the girl on the line that I was calling for a family member. I made an appointment for the next day. I arrived early and sat in the parking lot and thought, “this is the beginning of my new life.” I just wanted me back. I hadn’t seen me in fifteen years. So I mustered up the courage and walked through the door.

That was a year ago. It hasn’t been easy, but everyone at HealthQwest has been so supportive and respectful. They have made my journey to sobriety less stressful. I would have never made it on my own.

I have a long journey ahead of me and I will always carry my secret with me but now it is more like a dream than a nightmare. Are you like me? Do you have a secret? Functioning addicts do exist. GET HELP!!! Don’t let another day pass you by. Does a little pill rule your world? Take back your life. There is help.

Thanks, HealthQwest. You saved my life.

Chasing Pills Everyday

Since entering treatment I have learned that there is a life outside of lying in bed sick and chasing pills every day. I am enjoying spending time with my family, something I rarely had a chance to do while I was addicted to pain medication. The staff at HealthQwest has been nothing but wonderful. You can tell that they genuinely care about all of the patients in their treatment program. Even with all of the patients in their care, it’s amazing how the staff treats you as an individual and not just a number. If I had to rate my overall satisfaction with HealthQwest it would be a 10 out of 10. I am enjoying my new found sobriety and with the help of the staff at HealthQwest, I know that I will be able to succeed in my recovery. This has saved my life.

Support In My Battle

On April 13, 2010, I walked through the doors of HealthQwest and I was filled with fear and a feeling of being totally alone. I could not understand how I had allowed a pill to control my everyday life and no matter how determined I was, I could not bring myself off it. My son drove me to HealthQwest and when I walked in I was welcomed by the staff and treated with respect and understanding. My counselor, Amanda has been a great source of support during the past months and I look forward to my sessions with her. I have learned a lot about myself and why I let pills take over my life. I have not had a pill since the day I made the choice to walk through those doors at HealthQwest and I am determined to stay on that path. I sincerely thank everyone that has supported me and continues to support me as I battle my enemy “PAIN PILLS”.