for Veterans and the Public
People talk about their recovery
The following people talk about how they deal with their recovery and the side effects of hepatitis C treatment:
"The side effects from the interferon injections are similar to those of heroin withdrawal...the fever, the hot/itchy skin, and aching muscles and joints. For me, an attitude of gratitude has helped me immensely. I remind myself that I am taking treatment so I can have a normal life. I go to meetings."
"I was really having a hard time with the treatment. I was having a really bad depression. I couldn't even get out of bed in the morning. I talked to my doctor and he prescribed a medication for my depression. It has made it easier for me to deal with my treatment and focus on my recovery."
"I experience some depression on my therapy, but I feel that taking antidepressants contradicts my program. I take my commitment to NA's philosophy of total abstinence very seriously. Taking the side effects of hepatitis C therapy day-by-day helps me through some of the dark periods."
"I know a lot of people who are in my program with hepatitis C infection. I have talked to many members of my fellowship for support and advice on this disease."