I was thinking about how this all started and if there was a singular event that put all of this into motion and the answer is yes. The summer he graduated from highschool he needed to have his wisdom teeth out. He had complications and it was neccesary for him to go back in and have it drained, then they thought it was the tooth next to it so they did a root canal and on and on it went. He was freely given percoset each time he asked. I finally called the dentist and said that he was not to give him anymore because we were concerned. The dentist agreed but it was to late. My son realized the writing was on the wall and the dentist was not going to give him anymore. He had already begun looking to buy more elsewhere. In the fall we thought things were under control and sent him off to college, we were all so excited! His second week there he was having pains in his side and was rushed to the hospital for a needed appendectomy and guess what he was sent home with? You guessed it percoset. A pill addiction is expensive and eventually you start looking for a similar high at a cheaper price. When he came home for Christmas break he had a very good friend that had moved on to heavier cheaper opiates and my son went along for the ride. We coerced him into finishing out his year at school and academically he did very well but emotionally he was a wreck. Last summer when he could no longer hide what was going on, he told us everything but assured us he could stop on his own. We wanted desperately to believe him. I still want to believe everything he says, I just can’t anymore.
It is probably all a bit more complicated than this explanation but this is it in a nut shell.