Addiction...an occupational hazard
I want you to know a few things about addiction.
It doesn't discriminate.
It doesn't always have family origins, like uncaring parents or a sibling's suicide.
Addiction can happen to anyone, and it happened to me.
I had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing. I never wanted for anything.
I was never beaten and I never saw my father drunk.
When I was younger, I had an experimental attitude towards drugs.
It started off with alcohol and recreational drugs, but eventually my position as a GP steered me towards pharmaceuticals, in particular OxyContin (oxycodone hydrochloride).
For a long time, I resented the profession for the way it made it so easy to get drugs. I would write scripts for OxyContin, and patients proved to be a good source as well.
I ran a pain clinic and they would often return any pharmaceuticals they did not need.