Long Dark Tunnel

Brad Smith
Tell us about your (or your loved one's) recovery journey. What has been the most rewarding part?

In 2002 I signed on that famous dotted line and raised my right hand and made the oath to support and defend the constitution of the United States and its citizens. After completing basic training and my AIT training I was well on my way as a combat medic. Shortly after arriving in Hawaii, my fort duty station, our unit was put on orders to deploy to Afghanistan. While serving in Afghanistan I was injured in a non-combat related situation. At this time in our history opiates were thrown at people with significant pain. The studies put out by reckless pharmaceutical companies was completely false and sent our country into a whirlwind. Yes, I was also one of the victims. The very first thing they threw at me when I got injured was Roxicet. This was literally heroin in a pill.
After several months of being prescribed this awful drug I upgraded to morphine and Roxicet! Then after a few months of being back in Hawaii they were prescribing me OxyContin and Percocet. When I was discharged from the military, my very first VA appointment they gave me 240 Vicodin for a one month supply. This continues for several years and my body is out of control. It consumed me to the point that this was my “mission” in life. I couldn’t even function without having this drug!
Shoot forward to like 2014. I’ve been married for 7 years and it completely destroyed my relationship with my wife. We ended up divorcing in 2014 which didn’t help my out of control situation. I started working for a security equipment install company. I stole and sold so many items and was finally caught in 2015. Thank goodness the company I worked for did not press charges. To this day I fell that God touched the hearts of the owners of this company that they did not send me to jail. This was it! This was the final straw. I checked myself into a outpatient methadone treatment facility. After almost five years of being on methadone I decided to detox myself and that’s where I’m at today. My body is finally rid of these powerful opiates and I can’t be happier! It was a long dark tunnel I traveled through to get to where I’m at today. If it wasn’t for the Grace of God, family and friends; I wouldn’t be the happy Brad I am today.