- Posted May 11, 2013 by
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
A Drug Rehabilitation Story: The Doctor-Patient Relationship Redefined
For Miles Tate, life gets better every single day.
When Miles Tate met Dr. Annette Bosworth, “She got in my face and told me she was going to get me through this. I disagreed, ‘Didn’t you hear my story?’” Miles’s harrowing story was a ten-year addiction and treatment loop that always spun back to addiction. Until now Miles encountered Dr. Bosworth while he was in traditional treatment. She started tackling his multiple issues. “I was severely addicted to a number of things.
Dr. Bosworth suggested psychotherapy, but I was accustomed to a pill that would solve my problems. Her answer was that we couldn’t win the battle with addiction and lose the battle with depression.” Dr. Bosworth prescribed a new medicine to keep Miles on track and the two began regular online communication that continues, even now, a full year into Miles’s recovery. Those emails were a saving grace and a financial blessing, too, the 27-year-old explains. “I’ve been to specialists since I was sixteen. I never felt they really cared, and they certainly weren’t prepared to take drastic measures. Dr. Bosworth came to see me at work one day because she was really worried. She answered my midnight emails. She was there for me every time. “I don’t have health insurance, so every time I
typed a question and Dr. Bosworth answered, she was saving me $300.
She’s willing to do so much more for so much less.” Step by step, Miles came back from depression. He started thinking life without substance abuse might be a possibility. Previously, his anxieties ran his life and he was uncomfortable being sober. “I started to look people in the eye and carry on a conversation. I had minutes when I thought, maybe this isn’t so bad.” Improvement continues.
Each day is a little better than the one before. Miles is back in college and getting straight A’s, finally overcoming the boredom that, for ten years, drove him to what he calls “an extremely dark place.” He also assists Dr. Bosworth with a class for addicts at Volunteers of America–Dakotas. At fourteen months sober, Miles remembers the day he accused Dr. Bosworth of ignoring his discouraging treatment history. “I thank treatment for introducing me to her, but she’s the one who did this for me!”