I Nearly Lost my Career and my Wife Because of Cocaine . . .

People often look at someone addicted to drugs and ask how they go to that point. I'm the prime example of the unlikely cocaine addict. I had sailed through college and dental school, had a thriving practice. I bought a beautiful house in western PA and had just married my girlfriend of 13 years. About five years into my practice, I started opening up more offices and taking on more patients—the whole endeavor became exhausting and four hours of sleep per night just wasn't cutting it. As a doctor, I knew the extreme danger that cocaine posed, but still thought I could control my use to just when I needed something extra to get me through the day. 

I had friends in the business world that had made cocaine a regular part of their lifestyle. They'd been doing it for years, and if they could keep up, surely I could. So about two or three nights per week, after closing my office, I'd do a line or two just to be able to keep up with my paperwork. Soon three nights per week became five and "a line or two" became several. By the time I learned that I learned that there was no such thing as casual drug use, it was too late. Before long, I was canceling appointments on my patients, because I was too high to see them, and was at risk of losing my practice and everything I had worked for. 
 
I'd also gotten very sloppy at hiding my habit from my wife. One night she spotted white powder on my collar, and it was all I could do to lie and say it was baking soda. I hated the person I'd become. I hated the withdrawal symptoms and the fact that I allowed myself to jeopardize my career and happiness. I decided to come clean to my wife, suspend my practice and enter cocaine drug treatment. Telling my wife about what I'd done wasn't easy, but our history allowed her to see past my mistakes and support my in my recovery. 
 
After dividing my patient-load between the other doctors at my practice, I checked myself into a cocaine drug treatment center in Palm Beach, Florida. After I completed the preliminary detox, I started the actual rehab treatment and learned along the way that my anxiety was at the core of why I started using cocaine. I also learned several very useful techniques to more effectively manage my anxiety and any subsequent temptations. Upon my successful graduation from thier inpatient treatment center, they referred me to an outpatient specialist whom I continue to see to this day. I went back to work, but decided to close a few of my locations because I just could not handle the anxiety of trying to manage all of them. I think I am a better dentist today than I have ever been. I have remained drug free for 18 months drug while renewing my commitment to my wife and my patients once again.

Finding cocaine treatment centers, cocaine detox programs, cocaine drug rehabs can be a difficult and frustrating process. Contact the National Referral Center for Cocaine Addiction anytime toll-free at (888) 515-7707 or through our online form, for our recommendations of the best medically licensed detox centers for you or your loved one!

Detox should never be attempted in your home or without medical supervision at a licensed cocaine detox facility.