Quitting Opiates Cold-Turkey

Josh Boyer was forced to medically retire from the Air Force. His back had too many issues; it required too many surgeries. And after each operation, copious amounts of medications were prescribed. Medications that were supposed to help Josh. But soon the pills that eased his pain started transform his mind. The pain was supposed to go away after surgery. Instead, the pain only dissipated after heavy doses of medication. Surgery, after surgery, after surgery. 

Josh was addicted to opiates.  

For years he consumed them without reserve. He lived nearly a decade under an incoherent fog. Then, one day, he quit. Cold turkey. The withdrawals he underwent took him to the brink of death. Or perhaps the brink of life. 

While Josh’s opiate addiction started as a means to ease his physical pain, it caused far worse, harder to cure injuries of the mind. In sum, his back was never cured. At least, not through the surgeries that introduced him to the pills that nearly ruined his life. And while his search for physical relief led to existential despair, it was from this bottom that Josh built up a new life. 

While his withdraws were extreme – he had over half a dozen seizures during his first year of sobriety – the thought of living another day beholden to the pills was even more haunting. Josh didn’t want to steadily change his life. He wanted a completely new one. So, in tandem with his new physical habits Josh sought a spiritual wakening as well. 

This is the story of one man who’s life now inspires so many others to fight their addictions through discipline, self-awakening, and positive mindset. As his personal mantra goes, “𝑬𝒎𝒃𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒆 𝑽𝒖𝒍𝒏𝒆𝒓𝒂𝒃𝒊𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒚, 𝑬𝒙𝒖𝒅𝒆 𝑬𝒎𝒑𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒚, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑬𝒏𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒂𝒈𝒆 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒅𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒂𝒎𝒆” 

 

Listen to the source:  Getting Real with Josh Boyer

Check out some of the books and authors that transformed Josh’s life. 

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