My name is Brian. My story begins as I was getting out of the Army after being injured in Iraq. I was prescribed pain medication and found myself addicted to them. Day after day needing the pain medication became an obsession. My life was taken over by pills. That was my singular focus for seven long years. During these years I periodically got treatment and had a few spurts of sobriety. These successes never lasted long and I found myself right back where I started. Looking back, I know these lapses were in part due to suffering from and not treating, PTSD, anxiety, and depression. In the spring of 2020, as Covid began, my addiction and mental illness started spiraling more and more out of control. It got so bad that I attempted to commit suicide on April 30, 2020, and was admitted into a psych ward.