Augusta, GA — 21 million Americans — more than the number of people who have all cancers combined — suffer from substance abuse disorders. That is according to the U.S. Surgeon General. Dr. William Jacobs has faced that battle himself, and is now helping his patients find a way out.
For Dr. Jacobs it started with a single vial that was left over after a surgery. He gave the medication to his patients every day, always finding that even after a big surgery they felt “great”. He wanted to see how the drug would make him feel. That was all it took. He tried to quit more than 100 times but the withdrawal would be so bad that he would be pulled back in.
Now clean and sober for 20 years, Dr. Jacobs shares that the stigma of addiction has to change. There is no solitary type of person that becomes addicted — they don’t have to be unhappy or depressed. It is a disease that can affect anyone, and there is a need for it to be treated just like any other medical condition. He equates recovery addiction to having diabetes. You cannot expect a diabetic to be treated and then magically not have to do anything else. Keeping blood sugar down requires maintenance and vigilance. The same can be said for addicts recovering from dependence and staying sober.