Changing Course Detour through recovery leads working professional to unexpected improvements

Sometimes life knows where a person needs to end up better than the person themself. And while the path can be unpleasant, even devastating, the end results make it all seem worthwhile. Such was the case for Kavia Mason, women’s coordinator and assistant to the president at Everything Must Change (EMC). She came to the program in 2014 as a client, following a miscarriage and a 12-year addiction to prescription drugs, and she’s stayed involved with the company ever since.

“I was the professional holding it together - the functioning addict, if there is such a thing.” - Kavia Mason women’s coordinator at Everything Must Change

The “functional” addict In her former profession, Mason was a court clerk with an addiction to prescription medication, primarily Percocet and Xanax, she says, but she would use and abuse “anything that came in prescription form.” She didn’t see it as addiction at the time, despite refilling prescriptions at five separate pharmacies to avoid being recognized. Even when she overdosed on Soma, a muscle relaxer, her hospitalization felt like just another trip to the ER, one of four she would take every month, she says. Her lifestyle didn’t fit the stereotype of an addict, she says, and she still didn’t believe she was an addict until after three and a half years clean. “I was the professional holding it together,” she says, “the functioning addict, if there is such a thing.” By the time she sought help, she recalls falling asleep at the front desk of the courtroom, leaving the judge to finish her work. At the suggestion of her mother, who also offered to look after her now 12-year-old daughter, Mason did her intake with Everything Must Change.

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