A doctor is someone that most individuals feel have earned their complete trust. They have, after all, participated in extensive education and training and taken oaths to protect and care for their patients. If a doctor recommends a course of action, most individuals wouldn’t even consider hesitating to follow that recommendation. It is inconceivable to most people that a doctor would ever suggest something that could harm his patient, and yet doctors often do in the form of prescription medication.
Drug addiction is the condition wherein an individual continues to take drugs despite the damaging effects they have had on their body and life. Drug chemicals that first interrupt or alter the functions of the body can quickly become necessary to the “normal functioning” of the body. This is not exclusive to illicit drugs, as even prescription medications are drug chemicals introduced with the express intention of altering a pattern or routine in the body in order to alleviate an unwanted sensation.
Some prescription medications currently in use in the United States have mind-altering properties and can cause physical dependence, therefore they are sometimes abused. In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, prescription drugs are the third most commonly abused substances, after marijuana and alcohol. Some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs include opioids for pain like Vicodin, OxyContin and Demerol, central nervous system depressants for anxiety and sleep disorders like Nembutal, Valium and Xanax and stimulants for ADHD and narcolepsy like Dexedrine, Ritalin and Adderall.
While addiction to prescription medications can be just as difficult and damaging as addiction to illicit drugs, they can also be resolved with effective rehabilitation treatment.
How Surgery led to Addiction
Shortly after she gave birth to her daughter Leann began to experience back pain. Her doctor’s solution was to prescribe medications to help ease the pain. Leann never imagined that this simple action would lead her down the dark and lonely road of drug addiction, especially since her doctor was there to help prevent her from suffering major health issues.
By the time Leann had back surgery in 2008 she was completed addicted to and dependent on her daily prescription medications. It didn’t matter how she had been raised or who she had worked hard to become, she pushed everything aside and focused only on ensuring that she had and was taking her medications.
Leann participated in rehabilitation treatment in 2009 and again in 2011, but they failed to help her resolve her problems with prescription medication abuse. By 2012 she had lost her job, her husband and the trust of her family. Her addiction to prescription medication had cost Leann everything she had once cared deeply for, and was certain to cost Leann her life if she failed to find help.
Leann’s parents found out about Narconon Arrowhead and enrolled her in their residential rehabilitation facility. She was able to withdraw from prescription medication and cleanse her body of residual toxins that had built up through years of drug use. She gained the tools she needed to live a happy, healthy life and make it through a normal routine without turning to drugs when things became difficult or challenging. After years of struggling with substance abuse, Leann has been clean and sober for over a year and has gained her life back. She is once again a devoted, loving mother to her daughter and caring, happy daughter for her parents. She is very happy to have been part of the Narconon group while overcoming her challenges with drug addiction, and is certain that the Narconon program saved her life.