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Patient shares his experience: The unspoken, lonely side of quitting drugs

Patient shares his experience: The unspoken, lonely side of quitting drugs

07-22-2019 Posted in Detox Treatment, Drug Detox

It was his usual Saturday morning bike ride on his Harley Fat Boy for Nick Young. But neither did he nor his family ever imagine that it would have such a horrific ending. Young was involved in an accident which left him with a crushed right foot, several broken ribs, and a shattered hip bone. He had to undergo 7 major operations while the doctors tried to save his leg and fix his pelvic bone.

To make things worse, the excruciating pain associated with each surgery was impossible to bear. Young recalled each wave of pain as electrical, fiery, and shocking. To help him with the pain, doctors prescribed large dosages of opioid painkillers such as morphine, oxycodone, OxyContin, and even fentanyl. Though it helped manage the pain, he struggled when it was time to gradually lay off the drugs. When the same doctors who prescribed them discovered that Young was now addicted to the opioids, they failed to to guide him on what to do next. Flabbergasted and shell shocked, he felt helpless and alone.

Talking about his experience, Young said that he and his family tried to contact several clinicians who had treated him, but most of them avoided him, including the pain management team. Some doctors even refused to meet them. They sent him messages through their nurses stating that they prescribed opioids only to help patients manage their pain but could not do anything when it came to other forms of treatment.

Lone warrior

Not someone who gave up easily, Young was finally able to overcome his addiction to drugs. But he had to go through severe withdrawal in the process. Recalling his experience, he compared his situation with the game of “passing the buck.” He said he felt like the “buck” who was passed on from one person to the other, without receiving any concrete help.

He also went through several wrong advised consultations in his fight against opioids. One experience that he remembered vividly was a session with a plastic surgeon who advised him to go cold turkey and stop his dosage abruptly at once. Suffering severe withdrawal, Young started freaking out and felt like he had the worst kind of influenza multiplied by 50 times. The experience nearly broke him down.

Finally, an addiction treatment center came to his rescue. The center not only admitted him, but also went to the root of the problem and prepared a treatment plan that addressed his pain and addiction.

Why was the path to recovery such a lonely one?

Even though Young was in treatment for his addiction to opioids, he had just one question on a loop in his mind – why was it so difficult to find a doctor who could help him quit opioids? His battle with opioids turned him from an opioid patient to an opioid researcher. While studying various factors, he came across one major reason for this hesitance to help people like him which was a lack of knowledge. Young said that most of the doctors did not receive enough training on pain management in med school, hence they had no idea how to handle the situation.

Another reason which made treatment difficult was the high costs. Opioid addiction treatment involved a lot of therapy which are very expensive and some are not covered by insurances.

Also, it was easier to get addicted to opioids because they were being prescribed heavily and were easily available. During his research, Young found that patients were prescribed opioid painkillers because they provided instant relief, however, patients had little knowledge of opioid’s addictive nature and long-term implications.

Young also realized that addiction was a social stigma. Instead of being offered support, most patients suffering from addiction to drugs like prescription medicines and heroin were treated like criminals, often shunned away. He also learned that people started drugs due to a reason, which could be anything from pain management to personal problems. Therefore, it was important to find the reason to help address the problem.

Seeking treatment for drug addiction

Hillside Mission understands how lonely and frustrating the journey to recovery can be. Therefore, we hand-hold the patient while setting them on a path to recovery. A comprehensive drug addiction treatment program involves a combination of detoxification process along with therapy and counselling sessions. While detox helps in flushing out the toxins from the body, therapy helps the patient learn various coping mechanisms to deal with the daily life stressors and the root problem without being dependent on drugs.

In case you or a loved one is looking for reliable rapid detox treatment centers, contact the Hillside Mission. Our state-of-the-art detox treatment center is known for offering specialized detox programs, customized to suit individual requirements so that the treatment cycle can be shortened. Our treatment programs are affordable yet effective in leading the patient to lasting recovery. For more information about detox facilities, call our 24/7 helpline 866-225-6101 or chat online with a representative.

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