My Story

My Story

My Story

I started with pills in 2000. At my worst, I was taking 100 Vicodin pills a day. During that time, I was a practicing family doctor.  I would see patients while on pills. We like to think we’d notice an addict, but I can tell you none of my patients or co-workers ever knew.

It was my dad who finally stepped in. He caught me swallowing a handful of pills in my truck when I thought I was out of everyone’s eyesight.  I went to treatment at JourneyPure’s professional program in 2004. And, I’ve been sober for 15 years.

After rehab, I was so horrified that the medical community was such an active part of this epidemic that I became a drug czar. I joined forces with the likes of the U.S. Attorney to fight against doctors that directly cause and drag out suffering by improperly prescribing pain medication.

I came back to JourneyPure in 2018 (this time as an employee) because I missed seeing and helping patients directly every day.

My Best Advice

My best advice…follow advice. It was hard for me to push past the idea that I know better than all the people trying to help me. I knew my situation better and I was trained in medicine.  Yet, the only reason I’m sober today is because I listened.

My Relation

My Own Addiction

Primary Drug

Prescription Pain Pills

JourneyPure Connection


Doctor Bios


Dr. Loyd has practiced internal medicine for two decades. He served as an expert witness for the U.S. Attorney, F.B.I. and D.E.A. against doctors improperly prescribing addictive medications. Dr. Loyd is a member of the governor’s subcabinet and associate professor at ETSU. He’s been featured in hundreds of news articles, including The Today Show and the New York Times. He’s the Cheif Medical Officer here at JourneyPure. He’s also in recovery himself.

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Dr. Stephen Loyd M.D.

Why I'm Here

I'm in recovery.



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