Tim San Diego's Story
Former Addictive Behavior: Opiates
Sober: Two years and counting (at time of submission.)
Over several years I developed a serious opiate habit that started as a doctor's prescription for back pain, became periodic.... then regular recreational use, turned into a crutch for facing life's challenges and ended with me using between 1000-2500mg of Oxycontin each and every day (that's the equivalent opiate content of between 200-500 Percocet tablets each day ), often with some fentanyl or Vicodins thrown in for good measure. In July-2006, I went to a five-day in-patient detox center, where they stressed the need for an after-care program and suggested SMART Recovery. Shortly thereafter, I logged in to SMART Recovery on-line and found a community of people who understood what I was going through and many who had stories similar to mine.
SMART Recovery has been a critical resource for developing and maintaining the desire to live a "clean" life. In addition to the great people I've met in chat and in meetings, the message boards are chocked full of interesting information and personal stories and the tools SMART Recovery provides have really helped me put my drug use into perspective and to refashion my thought processes to deal with urges, stress and other triggers.
Also, SMART Recovery has given me the opportunity to communicate with others in recovery and the chance to help out those who are in earlier stages of recovery, based on what I have learned during my years of use, abuse and recovery attempts. Trying to help and support others in their recovery attempts has been one of the most effective things in sustaining my own recovery.
I am grateful that SMART Recovery is here, to help myself and others who desire to be free of the shackles of alcohol, drugs and problem behaviors. Personally, without SMART.... I believe I would either be using again, in the hospital from drug-induced health problems, in prison for drug-related offenses....... or dead. I hope that SMART Recovery® can continue to be a recovery lighthouse for those navigating the rocks of addictive substances and behaviors.