JERSEY CITY, N.J., May 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- When Mr. X first came to Summit Behavioral Health a New Jersey based Drug & Addiction Center, he always had highs and lows, difficulty sleeping, and terrible fears of not being good enough or failing. He recalled that in high school he just thought these feelings were part of the stress and pressure of being popular, a high school football star, and maintaining good grades. He relayed with pride that he was the star quarterback in high school, had good grades and was popular. Being up and down and not sleeping were just a part of the stress, pressure, and being successful, he believed.
Thinking back he realized when it all happened. During opening game of his senior year, he said he was sacked, and suffered a sports related injury. His throwing arm was injured. His coach and parents took him to an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports injuries who prescribed Percocet also known as oxycodone, a narcotic pain medication, to treat the pain in his shoulder and arm. Mr. X stated, "the oxy's were a miracle." They took the pain away and he could throw and perform at practice and in games. They also, "picked me up," he said. They didn't make him sleepy they actually gave him a boost in energy and clarity. His highs and lows weren't so bad when he first began taking the Percocet. He was sleeping less but he felt that sleep was always an issue for him anyway. He could play with the pain meds and get through the school day pain free as long as he had the oxycodone. When he ran out of out the pain pills his arm pain was worse than when he was first injured so he went back to the orthopedic surgeon who prescribed more.
As the season wore on and his need for the pain meds increased he became more moody. His grades began to fall, and his throwing capacity and ability to participate in football decreased. He couldn't sleep. He became increasingly moody. His fears and paranoia increased. He became afraid to walk onto the football field or face anyone at school.
So he took more pills to take the edge off. Eventually the doctor wouldn't prescribe any more pain medication, so he had to get it on his own.
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