Using One Man’s Overdose Experience to Save Lives

Last updated on November 4th, 2019

Despite the fact that the United States sees almost 44,000 drug overdoses each year, most people have convinced themselves they’re invincible – that it could never happen to them.

The Truth About Overdosing

OverdosingWhether or not you choose to acknowledge your drug abuse doesn’t change the fact that – as long as you continue using – you’re vulnerable to an overdose (OD). And should that overdose be fatal, you’ll leave behind a grieving family destined to forever struggle with the guilt and shame of being unable to “save” you.

Nothing drives the point home better than experience. And that’s why it’s important to hear from those who have personally experienced the terror of overdosing.

Below you’ll find the personal story of Donald G., a recovering addict who says he’s lucky to be alive. By speaking up, he hopes to save others from the potentially deadly fate of an overdose.

Donald’s Addiction Experience

I had been addicted to prescription painkillers for several years, mainly OxyContin and Opana. When my bank account was finally wiped out, I knew it was time to do something. I could no longer afford to buy pills off the street.

I was going full-steam ahead, taking ridiculous amounts of drugs and running on virtually no sleep. And then one day it happened: fate came to collect her debt.-Donald G.On the advice of a couple friends, I decided entering a methadone program would work best for me. The problem was that I was still a stark raving, full-blown addict in my mind. I didn’t really want to quit taking pills; I had simply found myself backed into a financial corner.

Two weeks into the program, I was taking 100mg of methadone a day. Truth be told, I was also using prescription drugs on top of methadone. I didn’t even recognize a tolerance level anymore. I was going full-steam ahead, taking ridiculous amounts of drugs and running on virtually no sleep. And then one day it happened: fate came to collect her debt.

Wake Up Call

Thanks to the methadone, Valium, hydrocodone, cocaine and alcohol coursing through my veins, I blacked out. When I finally regained consciousness, I found myself laying face down on the bathroom floor with a bloody nose, my body completely covered in glass and beer.

overdose wake up callThe fact that I could OD and never even see it coming scared the hell out of me. What if my daughter had found my body lying on the floor? That’s an image I’d never want to burden her with.

The severity of my drug addiction was mortifying. And yet, I had somehow convinced myself that there was absolutely nothing to worry about. In my prideful mind, I felt like I could outsmart the monster and come away unscathed. I was sorely mistaken.

The upside of this horrible event is that it served as a catalyst in my quest for sobriety. In a matter of days after overdosing, I checked myself into rehab and that’s where I stayed for the following 45 days.

Today, with more than four years’ sobriety under my belt, I’m healthy, happy and at peace. If I can do it, I know you can too.

Additional Reading: Opiate Overdose: 7 Steps to Saving a Life

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