This went on for another couple of years, until one day I realized that I had taken my entire prescription well before the refill date, and I really didn’t want to go without them, because of the “pain” of course. So I started finding other ways to get them. Ask a family member or friend here or there, no big deal.
Recovery changed my life, like it has so many other lives. I went from a successful twenty-something with a job I loved and a bright future, to a dead broke 32 year old who could only focus on how I could get another pain pill. I had become a totally different person over the course of those few years, and I didn’t even realize it.
My saving grace was that it finally came out. My family and friends finally knew the truth. My uncle drove down that day, and extended me an offer to come live with him and start getting my life back together. I took the offer and it was the best choice I’ve ever made. Within days of moving in, I was in a detox program with a sponsor already lined up, and I dove into recovery with all I had. It wasn’t easy, and I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way, but I’m clean and sober today, and today is all we have to make ourselves and our lives better. I’m living proof that it’s possible, along with so many others. It’s difficult, but it’s possible. There is a light at the end of whatever tunnel we find ourselves in.