Josh is just 22 and comes from Colorada, USA. Josh came to the New Life Foundation to recover after detoxing at Wat Thamkrabok, a buddhist monastery in Thailand.
You could almost say that Josh didn’t have any choice in the start to his addiction. As a regular boisterous youngster he managed to sustain many injuries. This then led to the family doctor prescribing him a three month course of Vicodin, and Percocet pills. He was just ten years old. Josh says “I didn’t understand the feelings of longing I had when the pills stopped, but I believe this set me up for failure.” Unfortunately for Josh, these opiate based prescription drugs were readily available in his home, and his parents did not notice that he was taking these pills.
At 14 Josh once again was subscribed a large quantity of these prescription drugs for a broken arm. Josh says he could appreciate the effects of the drugs more at this age. He then progressed to smoking marijuana, drinking and taking pain killers on a regular basis. Gradually his usage of prescription drugs increased to the point where he was taking up to 40 pills each day. Stealing followed closely, and he found himself taking up to $100 each day from his parents. Realisation of his habit then dawned, but he still did not recognise the magnitude of the problem, and his habit continued unabated, moving onto morphine, and finally heroin. Money to buy drugs was always an issue, and he stole, or dealt drugs to fund his habit, which eventually reached staggering proportions.
Eventually Josh broke down and sort help, he called his parents who persuaded him to attend a drug rehabilitation centre for 28 days. It didn’t work and after he left the rehab centre he went straight back onto heroin, now doing the one thing that really scared him, shooting heroin.
It wasn’t until he saw a documentary on the Wat Thamkrabok, and their unorthodox approach to detoxing that he decided that this was his chance. He packed and flew to Thailand to start work on his detox, and his subsequent recovery here at New Life. Josh says “I found spirituality at Thamkrabok, and I felt a higher power; this helped me to get from the monastery, and to the residency program at New Life, and I’m glad to be there. I’m not ready to go home yet.”