How quick is an addiction?
A beautiful day out in California. Mom just dropped her two children at grandmas for the night. She’s all dolled up and ready for the night. It’s 10-years she’s been married and out to celebrate with her husband for the night.
They’re out having a great dinner at one of the best restaurants in town at that new hotel. They decide to stay the night since they’d both been drinking and why not splurge a little.
They get the room and the evening is great they fall asleep in each other’s arms with no worries. In the morning they decide to take their time picking up the kids and stop and grab some breakfast and order pancakes to go for the kids and grandma.
As they walk out bags in hand with the food, some kids come skating along. Not seeing the women a 12-year-old skater knocks the mom down and shatters her wrist in the fall.
Mom gets rushed to the hospital, they performed emergency surgery on her wrist placing screws in there. After the surgery, she awakes and the physician has her on morphine to numb the pain. The good news, it’s only one surgery and is ready to be released back to her family.
Upon discharge, she is given a 15-day supply of oxycodone @ 10mg’s to be taken twice per day as needed. In the car, she asks her husband to pick up the script from their local pharmacy. She wants to get a head start before the pain begins and besides, that’s what her physician advised her to do.
Five days into being home the script has run out and she calls her doctor and tells him she needs a refill as soon as possible. She tells him their youngest child knocked the bottle into the toilet as she was taking one and didn’t immediately place the cap back on as she should have.
He has her go in to re-evaluate and writes another script for an additional 15-days he never notices her dilated pupils and blows off the short attention span of the children running around her.
Back to Work
After being out for a month and having been to 4 different doctors telling them different stories to obtain more Oxy her husband has finally realized what is happening. Once she started back at work he thought it was just a phase and everything will return to normal or so he thought. His wife has no addiction to pills it’s just the pain.
At work one of the men in the warehouse notices her and the signs of what’s going on. He sparks up a conversation and after a week or so of getting to know her offers her a pill of his own. She’s shocked by the offer but takes it from him and a bond is born.
By this time she’s taking 6-8 pills a day and has 6 different doctors, she is seeing.
The Beginning of the End
Her husband had noticed something, but was never able to place his finger on it being an addiction. He started cleaning the garage one weekend morning and found a shoebox of claim letters from the insurance company and a bunch of old pill bottles she left in there.
He confronts her later that evening after making arrangements for the children to spend the night at grandma’s not wanting to discuss it with them in the home. She denies having a problem with pills and tells her husband it’s because she’s been going to see other specialists about her wrist and that her back had been hurting and this and that; typical addict behavior not owning up to what is really going on. She feels betrayed and tells him she is going to a friend’s home for the night to cool off.
She call’s her co-worker the one she’s been sharing pills with. He hasn’t been working in over a week telling people he’s been really sick. He answers her call and tells her that it’s okay for her to go over.
Her co-worker has graduated to heroin the pills have not been doing the job for him anymore. She tells him what happened with her husband, crying and distraught. Never intending on doing anything he convinces her that a small shot would make it all go away.
The woman’s husband reaches out for help from their doctor and he suggests an intervention take place immediately. The next day she comes home strung out and the intervention happens. She’s sick and is willing to do anything to get back her family and go back to the way things used to be. It’s 6-months since the accident and is heavily addicted to opioids.
She enters treatment the following day, thanks to her insurance.
She completes the 28-day program and takes the suggestions of her counselors and the staff at the rehab. She continues to attend meetings after she’s done and gets a 12-step sponsor, she knows she’s an addict and going to meetings can never stop.
She’s able to raise her children, continue working, and live happily ever after.
The woman’s husband is in a panic, she hasn’t been home for 2-days now and is not answering anyone’s phone calls or text’s.
She was with her co-worker that first night and when they went to score more the next day she pulled out as much as she could from her ATM. Just like that, it was downhill from that first shot.
Heroin had a hold of her, the mistress to many addicts.
When they finished what they had, she snuck out without him and went to where they scored a couple of days prior.
By this time her husband canceled the debit cards and filed a missing person report.
Once she realized she was not able to pull any more money out she went to the dealer any way with thoughts of getting a little bit more and leaving her wedding ring behind until she was able to get more money.
The dealer lets her in and she explained the situation he gave her the same amount as last time. She got into her car and found all the resources needed to get her to fix. By this time she’s getting dope sick and can hardly get it together when she finally has it she thinks. She’s only done this a few times and with someone else. She thinks again and feels she can take the amount he was taking.
A jogger notices the car has been parked since the day before. She notices someone is in there and walks up to it. She sees the women motionless and calls 911.
This is fiction and unfortunately happens all too often in real life, both the good and bad ending. Scenario 1
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