Hi, my name is Brandee!! I decided to update my "About Me" section in my profile. I am a recovering drug addict. I had many many health problems throughout my life that required me to take Opiate... read more
Hi, my name is Brandee!! I decided to update my "About Me" section in my profile. I am a recovering drug addict. I had many many health problems throughout my life that required me to take Opiate pain medication. (i.e. Vicodin, Hydrocet, Lortab, Demerol, Morphine, Percocet, Tylox, Roxicet, etc etc). At first, I took my medications as directed, I never ran out before I was supposed to, in fact, I would have pills left PAST the date that they should have been re-filled!! But, for some reason, and I honestly can't explain what it was or why it happened...I started to abuse my pain pills. After that, it all went down hill!! My doctor figured out what was going on and he cut me off cold turkey, and like so many other's in that situation, I went to Heroin and then I added Cocaine to the mixture, and because of my IV drug use, I ended up with HepC!! I am very lucky that I didn't end up HIV positive, and honestly, I have no idea why I didn't....but anyway... my life was out of control..... I tried to quit cold turkey a few times, it didn't work. I went to re-hab at least twice, that didn't work I relapsed almost immediately. Then I found my Methadone Clinic!! THEY SAVED MY LIFE!! I have been with the same clinic for almost 12 years now and I have never been happier. I go to NA or AA meetings, I have gone to the highest level in my clinic and I have earned a month's worth of take-homes!! I know a lot about addiction, recovery, methadone maintenance, depression, Endometriosis, Urinary tract infections and Kidney stones, (I have had Kidney stones 3 times and was hospitalized all 3 times for 7-14 days for them, they are soooo painful!!), opiate pain medications, and I know a lot about urine drug screens/tests because I have been taking them for almost 12 years and at the methadone clinic that I go to, they educate you about urine drug screens. I joined this site to find friends who have been through what I have with drugs and recovery and also, I want to try and help those who need it when it comes to the methadone program, and also, if I can help just one person to find recovery, or better yet, if I can keep just one person from going down the road that I did, then I have done what God has put me on this earth to do! And that's me in a nutshell!! :))read less
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