Illegal Addiction: Easy Access To Drugs Leads To Problems
“Bob” was a registered nurse and participating in a short-term out-patient recovery program. Unlike many people who come into rehab, Bob knew he had a problem, knew that if the problem was left unchecked it would likely ruin his family life, his career and he was highly motivated to do his part.
Been in trouble before
Bob had gotten into trouble at work for supplementing his prescribed pain medication with other medications found in the unit's medicine room. Bob could have faced far worse consequences for stealing these drugs-- at minimum, his nursing license would have been removed. What he'd done was illegal, and he knew it, but when a drug is in control nothing else is considered.
Finding a friend
Bob shuffled along in his treatment. He spent long periods of time alone in his hotel room, but participated in all group sessions and individual treatment time.
During a Bible study, Bob told one of the members of the group that he was a baseball umpire who had ascended through the ranks to work NCAA games. As it turned out, another member was also an umpire, who was just getting started. The two struck up a conversation, and it was soon decided that, if the local member could find a place for Bob, the two would work a game together. The day came, the local umpire threw together a uniform for Bob, and the two went off to the game.
Three hours of freedom
The day came, the local umpire threw together a uniform for Bob, and the two went off to the game. It was nothing unusual; a mens league event, played at a nicely manicured minor league baseball park some 40 miles from the treatment center.
The new umpire worked behind the plate and Bob took the bases, using the moments between innings to encourage and instruct his partner, who saw him as someone confident, experienced, and highly skilled. For three hours on a Sunday afternoon, Bob was not a drug addict, but the crew chief at a men's baseball game.
During the next few days, Bob's progress accelerated, which raised some concern with a therapist who believed Bob's attitude was too good to be true, that something else had to be going on.
“They say I'm depressed,” Bob told his friend.
“I'm not at all depressed. I'm quite the opposite. For the first time, I feel like I'm getting better.”
Soon after the game, Bob was discharged. After returning home, he called his umpiring buddy and told him, “A friend of mine here said God would put somebody in my life at the treatment center who would have more to do with my recovery than anyone else. That was you.”
Recovering addicts can't do it alone. It takes the support of relationships. A sense of normality, a few hours of frivolity on a Sunday afternoon, and a loving hand up from a friend made all the difference to help Bob create his happy ending.
Summary of Illegal Addiction:
Illegal Addiction can often start will a legal prescription that is abused and becomes an addiction.
Illegal Addiction rarely has a good outcome unless the addict gets help and gets treatment.
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