Patient Stories

Hear directly from some of our patients about their experiences before and after joining Bicycle Health.
Names and photos are anonymized and were picked by the patient.
John
Bicycle Health patient since
April 13, 2021

I’ve always run to something, instead of thinking about [my obstacles]. Regarding opioids, I had four surgeries within a year… shoulder surgeries, osteomyelitis, almost tore my thumb off. I took Percocet for the surgeries, then seemed to get off that. Then my girlfriend died from cancer in 2016, and I lost my identity, went off the face of the earth. I didn’t know who I was anymore. I tried meth a few times. Then I started using a little heroin, then a little bit more. I actually went and robbed a Chevron, of all things. I was just in a daze after she died. I was suddenly homeless, I needed money, and I was dependent on heroin. The judge only gave me 270 days… she could see what I was going through. I survived that sentence and thought I’d be good.

Then in the last year, I started using heroin, this time “just to see.” I carried on with that intermittently for a year. I eventually told my son, and he recommended Suboxone. So, I looked online and found Bicycle Health. Within a week, I was off heroin. I had a fleeting thought I could do this on my own, so I stopped Suboxone, and after three weeks, I was already back on heroin. I immediately called Bicycle Health and restarted Suboxone… they got back to me immediately, they stuck with me. And now I feel like I’ve got this. I’ve got help. I have energy again, and motivation again. I couldn’t be happier.

In fact, three days ago I got a call from the guy I used to buy heroin from. I told him, “I’m fine right now.” That was a big deal for me… I didn’t even hesitate to say I didn't need it. That was a big step for me. That lifestyle with heroin was crazy.

Now I have something that actually supports me. I got a haircut with my son the other day, and I can just see his happiness. I finally get to see my grandkids again. I’m smiling inside. I’m starting to feel peace again. 

And now I just get up in the mornings, have a cup of coffee like a normal person. I’m quite happy inside.

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