"I'm 42 years old. I have dealt with severe opioid use disorder since I was 18 years old. So, it’s been a long time. Over the years, I have been homeless, put a child up for adoption, and did all the things that come with addiction. By the grace of God, I have survived many serious medical issues and diagnoses. My disease of addiction has landed me in many hospitals, five rehabs, and two correctional facilities….Learning how to live is hard. Being responsible for keeping appointments, planning meals, managing money, and managing relationships while dealing with the consequences of my addiction is very challenging for me….
"This is where John, my recovery specialist, steps in. He was there for me to help me with my sister’s death. I don’t know where I would be without his help. John is great at messaging me throughout the week to let me know that someone is thinking about me, someone who respects my feelings, who cares, who boosts my confidence and who really tries to help me to make a plan to resolve whatever I’m having anxiety about….
"Everybody deserves quality care for their disease or addiction and to have someone there for them. The MAT program and the recovery specialists at WellSpan have truly guided me to a sense of normalcy in my life. Having John in my corner has changed my life as I learn about my illness and what I need to do to adjust to living life on life’s terms."
-Excerpts from a written reflection by JT, an Adams County resident and participant in the medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program