This will be my last post and the end of my story!
In my last post, I described my meth overdose and how I had a seizure at the restaurant where I worked. Somebody called an ambulance, and I made it to the hospital in time to be treated and reverse the overdose. The doctors said I was incredibly lucky to be alive and not suffer any permanent damage.
I knew I had to get sober, and obviously, I couldn’t go back to my job at the restaurant or the apartment I was sharing with another addict.
I asked the doctors for a referral to a treatment center. Their eyes lit up when I asked. Now that I’m in the medical field I have an idea of how many addicts receive emergency medical treatment but then don’t seek help for their addiction. I must have made their day.
I used the little money I had from the restaurant to make the first payment on a 30-day in-patient treatment program. I planned to detox, kick my addiction, and figure out my steps in rehab. At least I would have a roof over my head while I tried to get sober.
Detox was horrible, and I really feel for patients I see who have to go through it. It is very painful and uncomfortable both physically and emotionally. When it was over the real work began. Individual counseling and group therapy sessions helped me learn about myself and what had made me susceptible to drug addiction.
I decided I no longer wanted to be a performer. I wanted to help people who had struggled with drugs the way I had. When I got out of rehab I applied to another university in America and got it. I got my undergraduate degree and continued on to medical school to become a psychiatrist.
Now I work at a rehabilitation facility not unlike the one where I received treatment. My work is a daily reminder of where I have been and how far I have come. I am so proud of my sobriety and that I have managed to turn a horribly dark period of my life into something positive for others and myself.
If you are struggling with addiction or connect to this story in any way, please get help. I was able to do it in a foreign country with no money, no insurance, and no support from friends or family. You can do it too, and you will be so glad you did.
Below is a link to some information about meth’s effects on the brain and how it can sometimes be reversed: