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“That’s when I found God.” This is how Christopher recalls what it felt like to take hydrocodone for the first time.  But before long, his addiction took a brutal hold of his life in the middle of a successful career as a doctor. Despite having everything, he eventually found himself in a place where he wanted to die, and he couldn’t understand why. After two stints in treatment, he stayed sober for 17 years. But he explains how he was starting his relapse long before he actually picked up a drug. After another intervention he ended up in treatment a third time, but this time was at MARR. Through the loving confrontation of his counselors and support of the community, Christopher began the process of humbling himself and being honest about what was really going on. He learned to stop looking for validation from external things and to begin to take joy in his recovery and helping others. 

0:01 – Intro
1:41 – High school, college, and med school
3:30 – Taking hydrocodone for the first time
6:38 – On the outside, it looked like he had everything
12:18 – Spending 17 years in recovery
13:00 – Relapse behavior starts long before the actual relapse
16:14 – The first day at MARR
19:00 – Learning to open up
27:16 – Living in the residence with other clients
29:49 – Healing in the family relationships
32:31 – Going back to being a doctor in recovery
35:42 – Things he still does to stay sober and content
39:05 – What he would pass on to others if he could


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