How I noticed my addiction
It was Junior year in high school, I just had my wisdom teeth removed and I was put on hydrocodone a pain killer. A drug close to heroin. Both are extremely addictive both have bad withdrawal symptoms. I was taking about 2-3 5MG pills a day, I had a 32 pill count bottle with a 1 refill added to it. As I started to get better and didn't need pain killers, I started to notice something. I kept taking the pills, I didn't have any pain in my jaw, I was trying to fill in a void that I thought was in me. I used up 25% of the refill and my mother started hiding the pills when she went to work. So I became angry, sad, and depressed. I hated it, all I thought of was the pills, for days of no pill use the urges became less and less. My mother reintroduced me to the bottle and I had a urge, but I thought, "It is better that I leave then alone." I hated the feeling, so through will power and my mothers helped, I stopped using the pills. I became active in weightlifting, and hiking. Now I get a high from climbing a mountain, from lifting more than my previous max. That high comes with no withdrawal symptoms, that high is a healthy high. My name is Justin, and I beat my addiction.