A Message Of Hope [AUDIO]
Carrie Nielson, who was once a licensed nurse in South Dakota, was addicted to prescription drugs. “I was in recovery from alcoholism when I started in nursing. I didn’t go into nursing as part of a plan to become an addict. But, the availability of narcotics led me down that path. It wasn’t as the result of nursing. It was my choice. I am an addict and it wasn’t a good fit for me. ”
So, what did it take for Carrie to confront the addiction? “I ironically showed up for work after I had been drinking and taking legally prescribed medication. I mixed ambien with alcohol. I don’t remember going to work. I was very fortunate! My co workers knew my personality and could identify something was wrong. I was immediately taken off the schedule. I never handled patients that night. Thank God!”
Carrie knew what she had to do! “I wanted to get help long before I did. I just didn’t know how to do it. How do you ask for help? I thought I’d go to prison and lose everything. Thankfully I didn’t go to prison.”
Fortunately, Carrie sought help and got it. “By the time it got to the point where I gave up my nursing license, I was willing to do anything. Even with that willingness I didn’t think it would work.”
Carrie, who is employed at Tall Grass Recovery, has been clean for three years. “My desire for drugs has been lifted. I’m thankful that I don’t have that urge anymore. But, I know it’s because I seek daily maintenance. That’s another blessing where I work ”
Carrie Nielson is a real survivor who is making a difference!