The plan was for Jamie to enter the program for a few weeks. Once discharged, he would move into a sober living home, be routinely drug tested, attend outpatient treatment meetings, find employment and acclimate himself back into society, clean and sober.
Jamie was in Florida for seven months. We had high hopes of his being a success story of sobriety, but it wasn’t to be.
On December 7, just 12 days after moving into a new sober living home, Jamie ingested a lethal dose of a synthetic opioid that included a mix of heroin laced with fentanyl. It wasn’t clear to police at the time, nor to us now, how or where Jamie got the drug, but what we do know is that the house manager did not give Jamie Naloxone, which could have potentially saved his life.
Despite challenges along the way, Jamie was determined to address his substance use, anxiety and depression. He managed to stay in recovery, get a job at a law firm working as a law clerk and begin studying for his law school entrance exam once again. He made it 228 days.
It took several months after Jamie’s death to put the pieces together. We have now learned that what has become a billion dollar, broken recovery industry, often involves corruption and criminal activity and took Jamie’s life.
More about Jamie’s story and the criminal side of recovery is continued at the link below.