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Marriage Devastated by Prescription Drug Addiction

It began when Sean Hughes injured his back and was prescribed pain medication. Soon, he was taking 19 pills a day and his marriage to Jessica was eroding. Read Transcript


IT SEEMS THAT THE MORE

PAIN MEDICINE I TOOK FOR IT,

THE WORST THE PAIN ACTUALLY GOT.

Reporter: SEAN HUGHES'

PAIN STARTED WHEN HE INJURED

HIS BACK RIDING A JETSKI ON

HIS HONEYMOON.

HIS DOCTOR PRESCRIBED

PERCOCET.

AFTER THE HONEYMOON, SEAN

WAS STILL IN PAIN.

THERE IS ACTUALLY A PART

IN YOUR BRAIN THAT TELLS

YOUR BODY, YOU NEED THIS

SUBSTANCE.

AND IF YOU DON'T GIVE INTO

IT, THAT PART OF YOUR BRAIN

WILL CAUSE YOUR BODY TO

REBEL AGAINST YOU.

Reporter: AFTER TAKING

THAT MANY PILLS, SEAN

STARTED TO HAVE ANXIETY

ATTACKS.

IT IS VERY NORMAL TO HAVE

ANXIETY ATTACKS WHEN YOU'RE

A PAIN SUFFERER, BECAUSE YOU

ALWAYS FEEL YOU'LL ALWAYS

HAVE THIS PAIN.

Reporter: AFTER THAT,

THE DOCTOR ADDED XANAX.

I WOULD BE SURE

MEDICATED, I WOULD TURN

AROUND TO WRITE ON THE

BOARD, AND START TO ACTUALLY

GO TO SLEEP AND JUST STAND

THERE.

IT WAS OBVIOUS SOMETHING WAS

WRONG.

Reporter: BUT SEAN WAS

HOOKED, AND FOR MONTHS, HE

MADE ALMOST NIGHTLY TRIPS TO

A HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM

WHERE HE DEMANDED MORE

DRUGS.

I REMEMBER SPECIFICALLY

BEING IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM

WITH HIM AND BEGGING HIM NOT

TO TAKE ANYTHING ELSE.

SAYING YOU'VE HAD ENOUGH OF

YOUR OWN MEDICINE.

YOU'LL GO HOME AND GO RIGHT

TO SLEEP.

POLICE BELIEVE ME.

YOU DON'T NEED TO TAKE

ANYTHING ELSE.

HE BECAME VERY ANGRY.

IT BECAME A BATTLE,

BETWEEN HER AND I, BETWEEN

HER TRYING TO TELL THE

DOCTORS AND NURSES AND

EVERYONE I SHOULD NOT TAKE

THESE MEDICINES, AND ME

LITERALLY BEING SCARED TO

DEATH THAT SOMEONE MIGHT

LISTEN TO HER AND TAKE THEM

AWAY FROM ME.

Reporter: SEAN ENDED UP

IN THE HOSPITAL PSYCH WARD

FIVE TIMES.

EVERY SINGLE TIME I WENT

INTO A MENTAL HOSPITAL, I

WAS DIAGNOSED WITH MORE

ILLNESSES, AND GENERALLY THE

LEFT WENT ON, BIPOLAR

BIPOLER DISORDER, AND THEY

UPPED THE MEDS.

IN MY MIND, I HAD TWO

OPTIONS: CONTINUE LIVING A

LIFE WHERE I AM TOTALLY

HUMILIATED EVERY DAY, OR GO

TO HEAVEN.

SO I WOULD BEG GOD ON A

DAILY BASIS TO TAKE ME OFF

OF THIS PLANET.

Reporter: SEAN FINALLY

AGREED TO GO TO AN

OUTPATIENT DETOX AND T TO

GO TO COUNSELLING WITH HIS

LIFE.

BUT AFTER A FINANCIAL CRISIS

WHERE THEY LOST THEIR HOME

AND CAR, HE WENT BACK TO GET

MEDS.

I GOT IN THE CLOSET WITH

A PILLOW, AND I CRIED AND

CRIED AND CRIED.

LORD, PLEASE LET HIM SEE

THIS.

LET HIM SEE WHAT IS

HAPPENING IN OUR LIVES RIGHT

NOW.

GOD, PLEASE.

Reporter: FRIENDS AND

FAMILY MEMBERS URGED JESSICA

TO DIVORCE SEAN.

I STAYED WITH HIM BECAUSE

GOD TOLD ME TO.

BUT AS SOON AS I WAS

THREATENED PHYSICALLY, GOD

TOLD ME TO LEAVE.

AND NOT DIVORCE, BUT GOD

MADE IT CLEAR TO ME THAT I

NEEDED TO GO AND SEEK

SAFETY.

I FEEL LIKE GOD GAVE ME A

GLIMPSE THAT IF I JUST HUNG

IN THERE AND PRAYED

FERVENTLY, GOD WAS GOING TO

DELIVER HIM.

Reporter: IN MAY OF

2002, SEAN WAS DYING FROM

ALL OF THE DRUGS THAT WENT

INTO HIS SYSTEM.

HE WENT INTO A SIX--HOUR

SEIZURE AT THE HOSPITAL THAT

TEMPORARILY BLINDED HIM.

I HAD THE FEELING THAT I

AM DYING, AND I AM GOING TO

HELL.

AND IT IS TOO LATE.

WILL IS NOTHING THAT COULD

BE DONE ABOUT IT NOW.

Reporter: DOCTORS

CALLED JESSICA TO THE

HOSPITAL, CONVINCED THAT

SEAN WAS DYING.

HE IS SCREAMING AND

SEIZUREING, AND IT WAS

PRETTY DRAMATIC TO SEE WHAT

WAS HAPPENING TO HIM.

IT LOOKED LIKE A PERSON

COMPLETELY BATTLING DEMONS

THAT HAD BEEN HANGING OVER

HIM FOR QUITE A WHILE AND

ALL WE COULD DO WAS PRAY.

Reporter: SEAN MADE IT

THROUGH THE NIGHT.

I FINALLY MADE MY PEACE

TO GOD.

AND I ADMITTED TO GOD, NONE

OF THIS IS YOUR FAULT.

I'VE BEEN BLAMING YOU, AND

I'VE BEEN SAYING, HOW CAN

YOU ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN TO

ME?

BUT THE TRUTH IS, YOU WARNED

ME.

THERE WERE POINTS WHERE I

KNEW THIS WAS GETTING OUT OF

CONTROL.

AND INSTEAD OF TRUSTING YOU,

I ENTRUSTED MY LIFE TO THE

DOCTORS, AND I ENTRUSTED MY

LIFE TO THE PILLS.

AND I DESTROYED MY LIFE.

AND IT IS ALL MY LIFE.

NONE OF IT IS YOUR FAULTMENT

AND I'M SO SORRY.

Reporter: SEAN FINALLY

SURRENDERED HIS ADDICTION

AND HIS LIFE TO THE LORD.

THE TRANSFORMATION THAT

GOD MADE IN MY LIFE,

STARTING THAT DAY -- IT WAS

NOWHERE NEAR COMPLETE THAT

DAY, BUT STARTING THAT DAY,

OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS,

EVENTUALLY IT BECAME VERY

OBVIOUS TO ME THAT A MIRACLE

HAPPENED THAT DAY CALLED

"THE NEW BIRTH."

AND BY GOD'S GRACE, HE

OPENED MY EYES AND CAUSED ME

TO BECOME BORN AGAIN THE DAY

AFTER I ALMOST DIED.

Reporter: SEAN HAS BEEN

DRUG-FREE FOR FIVE YEARS.

TODAY HE AND JESSICA HAVE

TWO CHILDREN AND THEIR

MARRIAGE IS COMPLETELY RESTORED.

BEYOND THE MANY MIRACLES

THAT HE DID SETTING ME FREE

FROM DRUGS, HEALING MY

MARRIAGE, GIVING ME

MINISTRY, GIVING ME

CHILDREN, IT IS THE REALITY

OF ETERNITY BEING PLACED AT

THE FOREFRONT OF MY MIND

THAT I WOULD LOOK AT AS THE

GREATEST BLESSING.

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