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Admitted Drug User Says He Can't Break Addiction, Where to Get Help


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Timothy Campbell has no problem admitting he's addicted to prescription painkillers.

He also was very candid when he admitted to WSAZ cameras that he robbed the Kmart Pharmacy to feed his addiction.

What he can't seem to do is cure his addiction.

Thursday, he left a rehab center -- just a day after he checked himself in. He then committed the robbery that will likely put him back behind bars. He's already served time for a similar crime.

He apologized profusely to his family on camera.

But for so many families across our region who deal with a loved one having prescription painkiller addiction, the countless apologies no longer matter.

Kim Miller, an addiction counselor with Prestera Mental Health Services, says a person has to want to make the change, but there are actual things going on in the brain that can fuel addiction.

"There are some genetic markers that would predispose someone to have an addiction disorder, and scientists are still in the process of studying that," Miller explained. Beyond that, she says once someone has done drugs, the chemical make-up of the brain changes, making that addiction more difficult to kick.

"You can't just think it out. You can't think an addiction away, you can't. People have to reprogram how their brains work."

Prestera offers free services to people who are dealing with addiction.

You can find out more by calling their offices at 1-877-399-7776 or clicking on the link.


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