To All Athletes Everywhere…
This is My Story

An athletes recovery from painkiller addiction

I played sports my whole life. 

It was what I was good at and it was all I knew growing up. Sports were my passion and I worked so hard at it to be the best I could be. I played sports all through grade school and high school. I chose to play football in college and was immediately able to make a positive impact on my team. Something started to happen after my sophomore season, going into my junior year.

I was having massive amounts of hip pain on a daily basis. I finally saw a doctor and he told me that I had Hip Impingement, which is an excess bone growth around the joint and it was tearing at the Labrum. I needed to have surgery to fix it. My doctor told me that I had the hip of a 40 year-old and would probably need a replacement when I’m 50. This was a bit unsettling but it needed to get done. I had accepted the fact that I would probably not be able to play football again and for the sake of my body, it would be a good idea to hang up the cleats.

I had the surgery, did physical therapy and was feeling better. I was running again and getting back in shape. The first time I attempted to play basketball, I felt like something was off and it felt like my Labrum was torn again. The pain that I had prior to the surgery came back and I wasn’t sure what to do.

For the next few years, the pain was on and off, depending on what I was doing. I kept working out and pushed through it. The pain eventually got so bad that I stopped all physical activity because I knew I was just hurting myself. I saw another doctor who told me my Impingement was still there and that it would be an easy fix, but the recovery might take a while.

I was in chronic pain and over-medicating myself with painkillers. Since I stopped working out, I was out-of-shape and just wanted to get the surgery over with. I felt that I would never be the same person that I was before my injury. I had this mindset that I would never be able to play sports again.

The second surgery went well, but while I was recovering I really noticed that I was abusing the pain meds. I took way more than the doctor prescribed. The mixture of drugs that I was taking made me more and more incapable of doing anything, which led me into a deep depression. I put myself down for my situation and I felt like I lost the thing I love the most in life. Drugs were a simple fix but they eventually wrecked my world.

My depression and drug abuse started to bleed over into all aspects of my life. I stopped caring about everything, including myself. My drug use soon became a full-blown addiction and I was using painkillers to handle all of my stress and real-life problems. By fixating on losing sports as a big part of my life, I lost a lot of other things like my dignity and self-respect. After my surgery my body was fine, in all reality, and I could have stopped taking the drugs. But I didn’t. 

I would have been back to normal if I had.

Instead, I had this negative mindset and I was blaming the doctors or my family for my problems. I should have taken a long look in the mirror to find out who was really causing my issues.

After coming to Narconon and handling my addiction, I realize that it takes being strong enough to confront what is actually going on and handle it. I gave up on myself and the things and people around me.

I just now have found true happiness again. 

I had to work hard to kick my addiction and now, I feel better than I have in years, both physically and mentally. I know I’m not incapable of doing the things I love anymore. 

If anyone out there has a similar story and can relate in anyway, know that you can get back to that person you used to be, even though it may seem impossible!



Jason Good

Jason has been working in the field of addiction and recovery for over 10 years. Having been an addict himself he brings real-word experience to the table when helping addicts and their families, while also offering a first-person perspective to the current drug crisis. Jason is passionate about educating the public about what’s currently going on in our society, and thankfully, offers practical solutions. Jason is also the co-host of The Addiction Podcast—Point of No Return. You can follow Jason on Google+, Twitter, or connect with him on LinkedIn.