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I am a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. I can attest to the dark, deadly grip that
alcohol and opiates can quickly place on your body, both physically and mentally. I
began taking pain pills because of chronic knee pain. This is not an uncommon
practice for aging athletes. Gradually, I increased my opiate intake from once in a
while as needed for legitimate pain, to daily intake, because I was becoming
addicted to the opiate high. Given that I was already a high-functioning alcoholic, a
high-volume drinker, I began to add opiates daily for more than 15 years - and in
very little time, I became a slave to that euphoric high that a Vicodin or Percocet or
Oxycontin, washed down with a Vodka, can produce. My family and friends
suspected that there was a problem, but they really had no idea of the sheer volume
of pills and alcohol that became a daily need for my addiction.
One real and very dangerous issue for so many of us that suffer from addiction is
the ability to appear in full control of our lives. If we can convince others and
hopefully ourselves that we are providing financially for those whom we are
responsible then that reinforces our belief that we really don't have a problem.
As the Addiction takes its toll on your body physically, it also is quietly robbing you
of your soul - and taking all matters of your life into its own hands. I can 100%
promise you that if left untreated, the Addiction will eventually take your soul, all of
your money, your family, your friends, your job and your life. Making that decision
to seek treatment doesn't often happen by the addict making a conscious, sound,
reasonable, responsible decision.
I will not go into describing all I lost, and the horrible things I went through on my
way to the addiction bottom that eventually all alcoholics and drug addicts will face.
For some of us, that bottom is death. As for me, I spent more than three months in a
hospital; much of that time on life-support, very nearly dying from the physical
issues my chronic alcohol and opiate use created. My family and friends watched me
for months as I wandered in and out of reality. I will never be able to fully
understand the effect my addictions and life choices have had on those I care so
much about. Suffice it to say, that though I now understand the control that
Addiction takes over one's mind and body, I still hold only myself accountable for
that addiction, as that is the reality, and is the only true path for healing.
Today I realize that there are so many alcoholics and drug addicts living in denial.
Thanks to the growing awareness and understanding of alcoholism and addiction,
getting help these days is becoming much more attainable, and hopefully the social
stigma that comes with admitting that you are an alcoholic or drug addict will
become less problematic.
If you think you might have a problem with alcohol and or drugs, then you probably
do. And in that case, I implore you to seek help. Find the strength to own-up to your
problem to someone and get some help. I openly discuss my addiction with others
because talking about it honestly helps me to stay sober. So if you know me, feel that
you might be struggling with addiction, and would like to talk, please feel free to
reach out to me. If you do not know me, go ahead and reach out anyway. One thing I
can promise you is that you will not tell me anything that will shock me. Our stories
are all too similar, yet unique, and I have a wonderful support network that I will
Lewis has enjoyed a long and outstanding career in advertising and marketing. He built a successful advertising agency that grew from a single-employee start-up over his garage, to a multi-million-dollar marketing firm that was voted the fastest growing business in Raleigh-Durham, NC in 1999.
Several years ago Lewis faced a turning point in his life when he confronted his alcohol addiction. He realized he needed help and left home and business for rehabilitation. Through his recovery and later while consulting for an addiction recovery clinic, Lewis recognized that many professionals are not able or willing to leave home and work to get help for their addictions. He also observed that high performing professionals responded better to therapy when participating with their peers.
His answer to this discovery is Welwynn Outpatient Center. Welwynn is the very first individualized intensive outpatient treatment center serving specifically executives and professionals, and providing the highest level of care in a setting with people to whom they most closely align.
“Our philosophy is one of empowerment, and our vision for you is lasting sobriety. We have structured a program of modalities and a staff of clinicians that have helped many executives, professionals and their families. As a recovering professional, I am committed to helping you realize that recovery, health and happiness are possible.”
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