May 10, 2016

Road to Recovery

Jill came to Christ Clinic a few months ago, with a wide array of challenges to overcome. As she settled into her appointment she began sharing, one little piece at a time, the pieces of the broken puzzle that made up her health condition. She was enrolled in a methadone program, as she sought to recover from her addictions. One of her utmost desires was to decrease her dose and progress in her path to be drug-free.

However, her counselor would not approve the decrease due to concerns with her mood, specially her struggle with depression, a common mental health condition that affects a large percentage of the population in today’s America. Her counselor requested that her mood swings and depression needed to be “under control” in order to move her along in her recovery program and lower her methadone intake. When I met with her it was very apparent that she did not have monopolar depression, but was in fact bipolar and was in a manic state.  When people are in a manic state, they often seem very happy, confident, energetic and productive. Bipolar disorder can be difficult to diagnose, because it looks so similar to depression when someone’s in a low phase. Also, a person can experience depressive episodes for several years without experiencing mania or hypomania, a less severe form of mania. I immediately put her on some medication for bipolar and within 2 weeks she felt a world of difference!

Jill said she felt normal for the first time!  She even called and left a note with our receptionist to let us know what a difference our help was making in her life. It may not seem like much, but sometimes I am just thankful for Christ who has given me ears to hear and the knowledge of how to connect the dots.  She is now tapering down her methadone, and on a faster track to recovery from addiction. Thank you for your prayers for Jill as she continues to grow personally and in her walk with God.

*All information shared in this news article is shared with permission. Names have been changed to protect the identity of the patient.