I Got My Brother Back
My brother was a star athlete at the local college, and we thought he may actually have had a shot at playing football at a bigger school. Then, he was involved in a car accident that ended his football career before it even started. The doctor gave him prescription pain pills because he was hurting something awful, and this led to an opiate addiction that lasted for nearly a year. Mix the pain with depression and a bottle of pain pills, and that is what you get. I had looked up opiate detox in Florida because I wanted to be ready for when my brother was ready for help.
It was not a matter of if he would be ready but rather when he would be ready. I knew that my brother was not this drug addict that others saw him as. I knew that he became addicted because his body was so riddled with pain because of a drunk driver, and I knew that he would come back to us. I did not have to wait nearly as long as I thought I would after he saw some of the information I had collected on my desk.
He wanted to know what the process was, so I showed him the website where I had gotten a lot of my information. The first step was getting all of the opiates out of his body, which would be done through detox. The second step was counseling, both private as well as group therapy. He later told me that the group therapy was actually the best part of it, because it made him realize that he was not alone. Talking to me or his best friend about it was a lot different than talking about it with someone who knew firsthand the pain that addiction causes. He spent 60 days there with limited visits, but I got my brother back because of it.