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A Piece of My Mind
May 10, 2016

Strolling With Recovering Addicts

Author Affiliations
  • 1Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
  • 2Department of Neurology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
JAMA. 2016;315(18):1949-1950. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.0659

“Clonazepam, oxycodone, and a bottle of Crown Royal were more than enough to successfully commit suicide. Years of using and a continued downhill spiral had led to this point of darkness. But, thankfully, I failed at killing myself and instead was admitted to a local addiction treatment facility, filled with shame and guilt.”

Thus spoke a physician-addict in recovery to a group of medical students, of which I was a part, spending a week at a nationally renowned addiction treatment center interacting with patients with substance-related and addictive disorders. The location was an ideal environment for someone starting on the journey to recovery. The lush green fields and surrounding lakes filled the campus with a serene and calming aura creating an inspirational setting.