(New Port Richey, Fla.,) – Like many his age, Nick started experimenting with marijuana as a teenager; then by 16, was introduced to the prescription pain killer, Vicodin. Before long, he had become addicted to the drug and his life started on a downward spiral. “I walked away from my fiancée a month before we were to wed. My home was foreclosed. I lost hope in my life and started to isolate from family and friends.”
Statistically speaking, Nick’s story falls into the category of overdoses from prescription drugs, which are now the leading cause of accidental deaths in the country, eclipsing car crashes and the combined impact of cocaine and heroin abuse. Nick tried many times on his own to kick his addiction, trying to go cold turkey or to taper off his usage, but nothing seemed to work.
The final straw came in the form of death and incarceration. “I had close friends die from overdoses, and many more end up in jail. I wanted help, but never knew there was a way to get out of the hole I had put myself into.” That’s when his family brought him to Novus Medical Detox, one of the only facilities that can handle high-dosage medical detox, and Director Kirk Burness.
At Novus Medical Detox, each patient is treated individually for their dependency using a combination of natural supplements, nutritious meals and medication as needed to build up the patient’s body, enabling a faster recovery. The caring staff of doctors and counselors makes for a comfortable environment for the patient to experience the best chances for success. “At Novus, our patients are treated in a comfortable, residential setting and remain conscious and alert,” says Burness. “Many can even continue handling family and business matters remotely during their stay.”
Inspired by those who helped him through his own detoxification process, Nick decided to become a Novus representative himself, and now assists others on the road to recovery. “The staff and the program itself truly treat everyone as an individual. The care at Novus is remarkable. Hearing from our past patients doing well and staying sober makes me know and believe in Novus.”
It is through his work with the patients at Novus that Nick feels he is giving back. “It is truly an amazing sight to see how people can change so drastically in such a short amount of time.”
About Novus Medical Detox Center
Novus Medical Detox Center offers a safe, effective alcohol and drug treatment programsin a home-like residential setting. Located on 3.25 tree-lined acres in New Port Richey, Fla., Novus is licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families as an in-patient medical detox facility. Novus is known for minimizing the discomfort of withdrawal from prescription medications, drugs or alcohol by creating a customized detox program for each patient, incorporating medication, natural supplements and fluid replenishment – putting the dignity and humanity back into drug detoxification. Patients have 24/7 medical supervision, including round-the-clock nursing care and access to a withdrawal specialist, and enjoy comfortable private or shared rooms with a telephone, television, DVD player and high-speed Internet access. For more information on Novus Medical Detox Center, please visit http://www.NovusDetox.com.
 Reuters June 21, 2012: US helps doctors track patients’ prescription drug use: in.reuters.com/article/2012/06/21/usa-drugs-abuse-idINL1E8HLMLW20120621