Hi. My name is Sabrina Overbay. I am 35 years old. I am a wife and a mom of two handsome teenage boys.
Fifteen years ago, my son and I were in a car wreck. While sitting at a stop sign with my 6 month old son in the backseat, a jacked up Dodge Dakota ran over the front of my Oldsmobile. My son was ok, but I had severe whiplash.
Naturally, the emergency room doctor prescribed pain pills for the whiplash. I was young and ignorant of the dangers of addiction. It wasn’t long before I was dependent on the medication. At the time, I did not realize the seriousness of my dependence on these pills. For the first few years, I was on and off of the pills.
I became pregnant with my second son, and did not want him to be born addicted to these drugs so I stayed sober. The OBGYN diagnosed me with preeclampsia in my third trimester. It was dangerous to both me and the baby. The doctor recommended that I have a cesarean section. At this point, I had been clean and sober for almost a year, but because of the surgery I was given pain pills again.
I was still in denial of my addiction. This eventually led to me buying opiates illegally on the streets. I tried many times over the years to break free from the addiction, but I was not successful for another 8 and 1/2 years. My addiction progressively got worse. I was on any kind of pill I could find. It was a very sad and desperate time in my life. Finally, on May 9, 2012, I got sober and I have stayed sober for 6 years and 6 months. It is a great accomplishment, but I can not truly enjoy it.
During those years of addiction, my teeth started deteriorating. I had a few extractions, but they just kept rotting. My teeth are so bad that I never smile anymore. Even when I am happy and laughing, I cover my mouth. I have noticed that sometimes when I am talking, people stare at my mouth with a disgusted look. I really want to go out and work with people who are addicted to drugs, but I am too embarrassed to try.
I have frequent tooth and gum infections. It’s so painful, but I will not take a prescription pain pill ever again. I mean, I recently had ligament reconstruction surgery on my ankle and I refused narcotics. It was excruciatingly painful, but completely worth it.
I have never been a wealthy person. My insurance is not very good so it won’t cover much. Aspen dental estimated the cost of my dental work to be over $5000. That’s just for full top dentures and a partial on the bottom. I can’t get credit. This is my last effort. Please help me get the dental care that I need. I know it’s not your responsibility, but I would be eternally grateful.
Thank you again,