Teen comes clean on struggle with painkillers after cancer

The Advocate - Last fall, Alexis decided that she was done taking oxycodone — but stopping came with horrific withdrawal side effects that she never saw coming.

“When I would skip a dose,” she explains, “I felt like I was dying. If I didn’t take the medicine, I had anxiety, I was jittery, and it was horrible. But if I kept giving into it, I saw myself not being able to stop … and I didn’t want to be dependent on something for the rest of my life that was meant to treat cancer when I was 16. It was a nightmare … but I was finally able to stop the pills.”