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Recovering Addict Shares Insights into Prescription Painkiller Abuse

Posted Jul 09 2010 12:00am

Jul 9, 2010 by Joshua Lyon | Categories , , , , , , ,

Bottles of Prescription Medication on Medicine Cabinet Shelf

The Partnership welcomes author Joshua Lyon to Decoder.  Joshua is the author of Pill Head: The Secret Life of a Painkiller Addict, a compelling and honest book about his painkiller addiction and the growing epidemic of Rx abuse among today’s youth.  We’re excited to be giving away a free copy of his book Pill Head - new in paperback - see below for details.

When I was younger, I used to harbor a lot of anger toward my parents regarding my drug abuse. I accused them of missing all the signs that I was in emotional pain and using any substance I could to mask that pain. But deep down, I knew that anger was baseless. I was a high-functioning addict , and telling lies was as easy to me as breathing.

After years of messing around with pretty much every drug, I discovered prescription painkillers  while writing an article about how easy they were to buy online. As part of my research I bought some myself, just to prove the point. I decided to sample the goods, and my response was immediate. Nothing felt better, and I could do anything on them that I’d do when I was sober drive, go to work, even babysit younger family members. I was constantly high, but I always felt 100% in control. And no one knew.

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