Monday, September 6, 2010

Dwell in Possibility

There is some beautiful commaradrie out in the lobby. It’s a 3 day holiday weekend and several patients have taken advantage of scheduling Accelerated Opiate Detoxes with us.

I have people here who have been on methadone for years. One gentleman started with it as an inexpensive chronic pain medication for multiple back surgeries several years ago. Three have been on methadone maintenance after getting off heroin or oxycodone.

They have been on it for anywhere from 2 to 7 years. The amounts vary from 90mg a day to 300mg a day, plus one young fellow tells me on the days he wanted to get high, he used 1000mg a day. How he has survived is a miracle…but then, this whole business is full of miracle stories.

They all have different stories to tell, but the unifying thread, of course, is that each of these people have made the huge decision to change the course of their lives. As Oprah Winfrey says, “Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possiblity.”

Joan Shepherd NP

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