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I became addicted to drugs in 1973, when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease.
When I first consulted doctors with my symptoms, they didn’t know what to do with me.
My disease was in its early stages and because Crohn’s was not yet a well-known condition at that time, there seemed to be no real protocol around how to deal with it.
Also, addiction was not on the radar then the way it is now.
I can forgive the doctors who continually gave me prescriptions for addictive substances—possibly just to get me out of their offices—for I believe they really didn't understand the severity of the damage they were doing to me.
But that was nearly 40 years ago—the times have drastically changed and the information we have about the links between prescription medications and addiction has been out there for a very long time now. It's easily accessible to anyone with an Internet connection—and yet the same practice of over-prescribing these drugs continues to run rampant.