How many vicodin can a doctor prescribe a month

How many vicodin can a doctor prescribe a month

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Need help with my essay please.?

This is an argumentive essay but we were able to choose a side or explain cause and effects. Please let me know what is wrong.
Walker
Writing 122
29 May 2009
Pain Medications are Ruining Our Lives
If you think about how often a person goes to the doctor for pain its more than necessary. Doctors prescribe you a pain pill no matter what you may have, you go in for a cold and they give you vicodin, you have a headache and you get oxycodeine, your glands in your neck are swollen so they give you a pain shot. In fact, painkiller use has boomed by 88% in less than a decade. Every year more and more humans get addicted to pain pills. Not only does the person ruin their life (health), but they are also harming everyone around them. However not all the time is it the persons fault for becoming addicted, but it’s the doctors fault.
Doctors (especially in Roseburg) are extremly lazy and really don’t care about their patients. They want you in and out as quickly as possible. So for most people if you are in pain you will get vicodin automatically. Yes vicodin is the most body friendly prescription, but it is very addictive. What consumers don’t realize is the major side affects that the doctors know. You don’t get a, “warning this drug may cause an addiction,” label on the side of the prescription nor on the paperwork that comes with it. So the average American is really clueless when they take that first dose.
However, many pain pills also carry a dangerous side effect (the potential for addiction). Many people have become addicted over the years to drugs that should have been used only temporarily to treat a medical condition. Taken too long or in larger amounts than prescribed, many drugs can become a problem and a threat to your life and other around you. About 6.2 million Americans abuse painkillers, sedatives, tranquilizers, and stimulants (making prescription drugs second to marijuana). Among uses of all drugs that’s more than the number of cocaine addicts nationwide and the number appears to be growing.
With each year, pain pills are getting pushed to everyone that has any kind of symptoms. When a person starts a pain pill, after taking the pill for so long, that person gets addicted (An addiction is primarily a state where the body begins to rely on a drug or an external chemical substance in order to carry out its normal functions. For instance vicodin is the most body friendly drug but very addicting.). The person loves the feeling that he/she has when they are on the pill (usually most people feel energy but there isn’t the caffeine headache/crash from drinking caffeine) that they want more. Then the person is tracking down people that have that pain medications that they need and once they find a person with their pill of choice they buy it for an outrageous amount of money (oxycotin is one of the worst pills out there and people spend up to sixty dollars just for one pill). People buying each others prescriptions are happening more and more each day. The people today are so bad about needing/wanting the pills that they will go through garbage’s just to find what they need. Most of the pills being prescribed give the user major withdrawls and the person has to get professional help to get off the medication. You get placed on a medication to get better not to get addicted then have to spend more money on classes to get over your addiction. Not only is it a waste of money, but to be seen by a doctor for your addiction can take up to six months or even longer.
The United States has become a huge pill popping nation. Everyone wants a pill to relieve them of any feeling that is undesirable. The most commonly abused medications include pain relievers such as: Vicodin, Oxycontin, Percocet and Morphine; Depressants like: Valium and Xanax; As well as Stimulants including: Adderall and Ritalin. It is estimated that twenty percent of Americans age twelve and older have used prescription medications for non-medical use (the young children are becoming addicted and starting to sell pills as well). The elderly are usually more vulnerable for abuse issues because they are generally prescribed more medications than other age groups. However, prescription drug abuse is increasing most in ages 18-25 up from 5.4% in 2002 to 6.4% in 2006. Prescription medications are perceived as an expected discomfort relief tool or a luxury for those in dire need. With today’s addictive epidemic, narcotic medications need to be administered more sparingly to avoid abuse and addiction. Many do not recognize that turning to prescription medications for relief opens the door to possible abuse and addiction.
Of course when you feel pain, you definitely don’t like the feeling, but pain isn’t going to kill us. Pain is a message that tells are body that we are alive. It lets us no good and bad. Pain can tell us that we need to exercise, get up and stretch, or that

It is a good essay with a strong point.

I do NOT think that you knew all of these facts off of the top of your head. You need to use citations within your paper, as well as a citation sheet. You also need to wrap up your conclusion a little better. It doesn’t really finalize and tell that it’s done. You need to state where you found these facts. You may have to look up on the internet how to use in sheet citations as well.

You’re hook could be a bit more interesting, and the thesis statement isn’t clear. You would need to restate it in your concluding paragraph as well. I don’t think you have all of your paper though.

Remember to capitalize drugs and medicines.

Other than that, great paper! GOOD LUCK!

I have severe chronic back pain & I’m 8 weeks pregnant, will vicodin hurt my baby? Yes, it’s prescribed!….?

Here’s my situation, and it’s a crazy one, and I feel all alone. If anyone has had this experience, please please offer me a little piece of mind, or just good advice! I’m 22 years old, I’ve had chronic back pain throughout my entire life. I’ve had 3 spinal operations, all of which were timely and extremely extensive. I have a condition in which the nerve blocks that a pain clinic could offer, will not work for me, b/c the roots of my pain are way to low and deep into my spine. I have a fusion of my spine at L4 through S1. I am always in soooo much pain. If I don’t take my medicine, I lay in bed, usually in tears and unable to keep up with my daily life responsibilites, like cleaning and such. I just found out that I am pregnant. I’m 8 weeks today!! I’m sooo excited, but also so scared, this is my first time. I had a recent surgery in April 2008….I have a fresh incision on my back and lower abdomen. My main concern is having a healthy baby. Needless to say I’ve been on pain medication on and off through most of my adult life, b/c it’s all that eases my pain, and sometimes it’s only barely!…In the past 6 months I’ve been on Oxycontin, Ultram, Perocet, and Vicodin. I am off everything except the Vicodin, it’s prescribed to me, but I only have a little bit left. I only take it when I need it. But that is definitely on a daily basis. I take only 2-3 pills a day. They’re 500 milligrams….My family doc will not treat me for my back pain any longer (he was prescribing my medication) b/c I’m pregnant. He says I must see my obgyn for pain medication. My obgyn gave me a small amount of vicodin (20 pills) and told me to see the family doctor for further medicine. The obgyn is a periantologist, but he makes my fiance and I uncomfortable and he’s rude!! I think he’s maybe assumed b/c I’m so young and on this medicine, that I must have abuse issues or addiction. He told me I need to go to a pain clinic, the pain clinic told the doctor themselves they will not see me b/c I am prego! He has no more options for me. I feel he’s giving me unproper care, seeing as he’s assuming that I’m a medication abuser, and refuses to look at my spinal xrays to even know what’s the deal with my back!! He’s only going off his opinion….it’s so frustrating. I want whats best for my baby. I also want whats best for myself though. I try to suffer through the pain, but I just can’t do it. I’ve heard that severe pain can cause just as many problems for the baby. What do I do? I’ve considered switching to a different obgyn, but I don’t even know who to trust or where to go….I’m absolutely lost! Is there ANY girls out there that did take vicodin throughout their whole pregnancy?….How are your babies? Healthy? Happy? God has truly blessed my life with this baby, and I do feel confident that he will bless us with a healthy baby as well. I pray for that day in and day out!! I cannot take Darvocet b/c it gives me serious stomach problems….I feel like I have no options! Grr! Pleaseeee Help!!

I also suffer from chronic pain in my back and now that I’m pregnant I have severe migraines also my ob has me on lortab i did hours upon hours of research on this subject as well as I have a friend who is a labor and delivery RN and I had her grill the obs at her hosp and the only thing I found to be negative is that you have to be very careful in your last month or so or the baby can become addicted
my ob assures me they are ok to take as prescribed and they DO NOT cause fetal abnormalities I’m now 22 weeks along and all my check ups are perfect
also you need to becarful of stoping them cold turkey if your body is dependent on them you will go into withdrawal and that will cause much harm to your baby
my advise to you is to find another ob asap chronic pain is not good for pregnancy at all it can cause fetal distress
also you can check out this website call MEDHELP.COM and look up a L&D RN named betterlife1234 she can help you with questions much better than me until you get to a new ob
best of luck and congrats

Can someone please help? signs of a drug seeker?

CAN SOMEONE please give me at least twenty signs of a drug seeker? cause im confused. if you cant think of twenty, however many you can is fine. also if you can exceed twenty that would be really great.

i ask this cause i dont wanna seem like a drug seeker (or didnt) but i get the feeling my doctor though i was. i was previously prescribed vicodin for pain.

if you dont intend to comment about narcotics dont read this. this is for those who always have something to say about narcotics

(i don’t wanna hear anything about its dangers, im aware of all of them and you saying something about it wont stop me from taking them and you have no idea how far the extent of my pain goes so dont even think about going there. i have had severe back and knee pain for four years. i’m only eighteen and it has robbed my childhood, no sports, no martial arts, no activities that involves my legs, i’m eighteen and had used a cane for three years its not attractive. so you dont understand where im coming from. for four years i’ve searched for pain relief (shot of all kinds, theropy) and vicodin (narcotics) has been the only thing to even make it manageable (they dont even take it away they allow me to simply move, on days i have pain i cant so much as talk or stand), and im not addicted cause i can for more than twenty four hours without it (when im not in pain) and i have never gone through withdraw, and if i wasn’t in pain how i am i wouldn’t be taking them) so don’t lecture me about narcotics.

so i need a lot of signs of a drug seeker to see if i showed any of the signs. i didn’t right away ask, i informed him i was previously prescribed ( i didnt insist, i want rude, cocky, or demanding, i wasnt showing physcal or mental signs of a user).

to make it easier so you know what went on (maybe you can point out a drug seeking symptom i gave?). i told him what was wrong, i even had a short brief paper explaining everything i’ve tried for my pain, previous meds other docs gave me, etc.

when it got to the end of the exam he said he would prescribe an anti-inflammatory. he told me the name and i explained that i’ve already tried that (and that med was listed on the paper) he insisted on these meds (piroxicam or something like that). and told me to come back in three weeks if i wasn’t better (which doesn’t make since cause this has been going on for four years) i explained to him i have been taking vicodin for about a month and that it worked repetitively well for my pain, and if he was so sure those piroxicams would work for inflammation if he could cure my pain while curing the problem he thought it was (killing two birds with one stone). he said that the pirox’s should be enough. i asked him if they worked better than ibuprofen and vicodin put together (because i’ve been regularly taking these meds for the past month or so) and he said yes (which is a lie or else I’d have been taking that when i first discovered it about a year or so back).

so i hope you can help me, with some what to do and not to do’s when trying to get pain relief (not a quick fix).

I’ll give it to you straight so you don’t waste time.
If you’ve been diagnosed with chronic pain, you didn’t say what you’re suffering from specifically but I assume if it is preventing you from even moving at times then it must be something serious, you first of all should be seeing a specialist or going to a Pain Management physician, not your general practitioner. That’s why there are specialists…remember someone who spent years studying about a medication or field are going to be more willing to dispense it than a general doctor. My local auto shop is fine for general repairs but if my transmission went tomorrow I’d be at a transmission specialist, etc etc.
Also, keep in mind as far as narcotics go GP’s and emergency room drs, etc are not going to prescribe them long-term. Period. Junkies looking for a fix and people who abuse them also ruin it for you and I, and dr’s are also afraid of getting sued…google narcotics by name and drs/lawsuits and you’ll see what I mean. Also, it is impossible to get them over the internet from these websites that offer them so don’t waste your money or time there, either. Scam. You’ll just be ripped off. It is also illegal so don’t even try- you don’t know who’s at the other end. Anyway, simply put, depending on the class drug it is, certain dr’s arent going to dispense it long term or at all. As much as you (or I ) may hurt, they’re not going to risk losing their license becuse we’re in pain. That leaves Emergency Room, expensive, or google Pain Management Physician or Specialist. As far as your initial questions re: signs of a drug seeker…I wasn’t there, but I can tell you anyone asking for Vicodin could be seen as a “drug seeker/addict”..even with x-rays from past and cat scans in hand….and “not asking right away” also might be bad..you’re not there for small talk..you’re there because you’re in pain.. holding off asking for what you need if you truly have a medical need for it isnt going to make a difference in whether he says yes or writes you a script for Soma or Flexorall and sends you on your way…or it may but in a negative way. Be direct and persistent about your pain and the need to manage and control it.

How can i get more sleep?

i can’t sleep for more than 4 or 5 hours.. its been months now.
i tried those ambien pills the doctor prescribed and they don’t seem to work.. not anymore..
they did make me go to sleep after like after 3hours that i took them.. but i still slept the same hours.. i took them for 20something days.. but them i just stopped.. they weren’t really working and they’re uh kinda expensive too.
i can’t fall asleep at all..
i drink about one energy drink a day.. but that’s nothing..
i used to drink about 8-10 cups of black bold coffee like in the beginning of the year and i still slept.
i try to do many things to get tired..
but i just lay down and i can’t go to sleep.
im not even sleepy in the day.
and i don’t wanna get more pills.. im sick of takin pills.. they don’t even work..

help.. any tips..
nah i ain’t going back to the doctor..
not even vicodin does the trick..
and i hate these undereye circles that i get at times……

Eat a healthy diet.
Get plenty of exercise.
Think about working two jobs!

If the body is physically tired, you will go to sleep.
Oh, and yes, go to the doctor and get a medical check.

Forget all those pills. Nothing but trouble!

Looking for a painkiller stronger than vicodin but not drastically stronger?

First of all, I am no drug seeker. I suffer from fibromyalgia, ocular migraines, and cervical neuropathy (nerve pain.) I am taking Savella for the fibro, something it took months of trial and error to find and it really has been the best option for me. I have tried many other medications and nothing really worked. Savella is great, no side effects I have noticed, no head change, decent symptom control. I am however having more breakthrough pain lately, this is normal. I have always used vicodin for the breakthrough pain but its just not cutting it anymore. I have used Tramadol which is non-narcotic while I was on neurontin and the tramadol was awesome, I loved it. Sadly when combined with Savella it causes serotonin syndrome which was causing blackouts and nearly put me in the hospital. I am going to go into the local urgent care (my only option because my doctor suddenly retired for health reasons) and because of my unique situation (they don’t have any other patients with fibromyalgia or on Savella) they usually just ask me what I need.
I am looking for ideas for narcotic or non-narcotic pain-killers I can take that are a bit stronger than vicodin, but drastically stronger is not necessary. I am a stay-at-home mother to three kids that I home-school, so it is imperative that I am on my game. I can’t be zonked out in bed all day. Does anyone have any suggestions for pain killers that I can research before I see the doctor so I can get some ideas of what I can safely take with my Savella? Savella is not a commonly prescribed drug around here, my pharmacy dispenses it ONLY to me so most doctors I have encountered have no experience prescribing medication to go with it (which is how I landed in the tramadol mess) so I prefer to do my own detailed research in advance…I just need someplace to start.

Codeine is weaker then Vicodin. If your at the 5-500MG M357 pill you could ask for 7.5 or 10mg Vicodin such as Norco’s, or for a different substance entirely, you could ask for percocet which is oxycodone and acetaminophen. That is only slightly stronger then Vicodin’s ingredient of hydrocodone and has varying levels similar in strength to Vicodin, such as 5mg, 10mg. What could be happening is tolerance to the drug is starting, and you’ll need higher doses to achieve the same level of pain management. It’s an inevitable step in long term pain management. Sorry to hear about your situation.

No codeine compound would equal the strength of a vicodin, codeine is 6x weaker then hydrocodone, the barbiturate is barbaric and highly pointless in pain situations, and the rest are meaningless. A Soma Compound would be much more effective then that. Stronger then Vicodin will never be achieved with codeine.

And I’m sure you believe it’s strong, but considering I’ve gone significantly higher then codeine, it would make more sense to listen to people who have gone up the opiate ladder.

@loving life- why don’t you look up an opioid comparison chart. 5mg hydrocodone=30mg Codeine. His medicine is 30mg codeine which means its as equal to a 5mg vicodin, which is not moving higher at all. And Soma Compound has Codine and Soma, replacing the aspirin, caffeine and barbituate. And hydrocodone is schedule 2 along with every powerful opiate that isn’t named heroin. Codeine is the schedule 3 weaker drug.

24 year old mom suffering from pain please read doctors nurses people with pain ?

Hi, I am having alot of issues……My lower back hurts really bad and ever since I gave birth to my daughter my tailbone has been hurting. I have been seeing a doctor about this but it is low income insurance since I cant afford good insurance. I only get to see her once a month. She says I have arthritis around my tailbone and I have a bulging disc after xrays and MRI.
I have alot of other things going on too…..I am constantly tired no matter how much sleep I get I am still tired and weak with no energy all day. When I used to be energetic. I also think I have some sort of insomnia. I stay up untill 2 am and I get up with my daughter at 10ish so that is enough sleep. I have headaches all day long. My wrist are terrible they feel like they are grinding. When I waited tables last year my wrist would just give out and I would drop trays. My right shoulder is soo sore and my neck is very stiff. My legs feel like they want to give out from under me sometimes when I am walking around or going up stairs. They also feel tinglly when I lay on my side. I have a very hard time getting asleep at night I can not get comfy at all. It is hard to reach an orgasm. My knees pop and my ankles. My hands are constanly cold. I et a ring in my ear sometimes lately. Sometimes I feel like I am losing my mind. I forget things very easy or what I was saying or forget to grab something important that I need like my purse or my credit card I have left the house with no shoes got in the car and thought dang it I am an idiot I need shoes. I dont feel depressed I love my husband and my daughter with all of my heart. I feel like if this issue goes unresolved that I will get depressed about it. I want to enjoy my life. This has all flared up since my baby was born but I have had minor issues in the past couple of years like my wrist my legs getting tired and weak and now they feel like they are going to give out on me. I get plenty of exersice, I was upto 198 pounds when I went in to delievery and am now down to 136 so that is great. I eat good and healthy and always have. The worst thing I do is smoke and drink diet coke and I am trying to stop drinking so much diet and more water. I am on chantix to quit smoking.
The meds that the doc gave me are not working for me they are motron 800s and ultram. She also gave me predizon for a 5 day treatment and I dont feel any differant. The motrons are starting to give me an upset stomache so I stopped taking them as prescribe which was 1 pill 3 x a day. I have ended up in ER 3 times now in the past 7 months for my back giving out. They give me vicodins and they seem to work wonders for me. My doctor told me that “they work to good and I cant get them here” then the last time I was in ER she prescribed me vicodin 750s so I don’t know what to do about her. I am continueing to see her because I want her to take me seriously about this because I have been suffering for a very long time and I am getting upset that she isnt trying to help me. I think that she is judging me on my appearance. I have many tattoos and I am only 24 years old. But I have never been a druggie I feel that she looks at me that way and don’t know how to get her to listen to me. Also I was wondering if anyone can tell me more about lymes disease? I was bitten by a tick about 9 years ago and had a ring where the bite was and didn’t do anything about it. My mom never took me to the doctors for anything always said I would be fine. So, could this be lyme that just flared up after I gave birth. I also had a spinal block/ epidural during birth and gave birth natrually.

Wow that’s a long question,,, I can help with parts of it.

You mention vicodin 750,, the 750 is the tylenol in it,, it probably said 5/750 or maybe 7.5/750. But they are far better than the tramadol you were taking with the motrin.

Here is the best thing you can do for yourself for pain manangement.
Start a daily pain journal, nothing fancy,, I use a steno pad for each month.

Record:
when you hurt
where you hurt
how badly you hurt on a scale of 1-10
and how the pain is effecting your everyday life, what you cannot do because of pain in your everyday life,,,,,
also write anything out of the norm,, different pain,, any ailment

Write up a summary or take the journal with you to the doctor,,,, it is hard to explain everything to the doctor in the few minutes you have with them and you are nervous anyway,,, the journal takes care of that,, and the big plus is that ANY doctor will be thrilled that you are doing it,, it allows them to have a far better idea of how best to treat your pain.

Here is the best symptom tool on the web for your Lyme’s concerns
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/symptom…

Here is a link you can ask a webmd
http://www.qapedia.com/cu/webmd.aspx

Here are a few good pain management sites,
http://health.discovery.com/centers/pain…
http://www.uclahealth.org/body.cfm?id=47…

And here is a good alternative health site
http://health.discovery.com/centers/alth…

All the links are to medical sites not commercial ones,, they are free and from some of the best medical professionals there are. Good luck

Help whats wrong with me?

Hi, I am having alot of issues……My lower back hurts really bad and ever since I gave birth to my daughter my tailbone has been hurting. I have been seeing a doctor about this but it is low income insurance since I cant afford good insurance. I only get to see her once a month. She says I have arthritis around my tailbone and I have a bulging disc after xrays and MRI.
I have alot of other things going on too…..I am constantly tired no matter how much sleep I get I am still tired and weak with no energy all day. When I used to be energetic. I also think I have some sort of insomnia. I stay up untill 2 am and I get up with my daughter at 10ish so that is enough sleep. I have headaches all day long. My wrist are terrible they feel like they are grinding. When I waited tables last year my wrist would just give out and I would drop trays. My right shoulder is soo sore and my neck is very stiff. My legs feel like they want to give out from under me sometimes when I am walking around or going up stairs. They also feel tinglly when I lay on my side. I have a very hard time getting asleep at night I can not get comfy at all. It is hard to reach an orgasm. My knees pop and my ankles. My hands are constanly cold. I et a ring in my ear sometimes lately. Sometimes I feel like I am losing my mind. I forget things very easy or what I was saying or forget to grab something important that I need like my purse or my credit card I have left the house with no shoes got in the car and thought dang it I am an idiot I need shoes. I dont feel depressed I love my husband and my daughter with all of my heart. I feel like if this issue goes unresolved that I will get depressed about it. I want to enjoy my life. This has all flared up since my baby was born but I have had minor issues in the past couple of years like my wrist my legs getting tired and weak and now they feel like they are going to give out on me. I get plenty of exersice, I was upto 198 pounds when I went in to delievery and am now down to 136 so that is great. I eat good and healthy and always have. The worst thing I do is smoke and drink diet coke and I am trying to stop drinking so much diet and more water. I am on chantix to quit smoking.
The meds that the doc gave me are not working for me they are motron 800s and ultram. She also gave me predizon for a 5 day treatment and I dont feel any differant. The motrons are starting to give me an upset stomache so I stopped taking them as prescribe which was 1 pill 3 x a day. I have ended up in ER 3 times now in the past 7 months for my back giving out. They give me vicodins and they seem to work wonders for me. My doctor told me that “they work to good and I cant get them here” then the last time I was in ER she prescribed me vicodin 750s so I don’t know what to do about her. I am continueing to see her because I want her to take me seriously about this because I have been suffering for a very long time and I am getting upset that she isnt trying to help me. I think that she is judging me on my appearance. I have many tattoos and I am only 24 years old. But I have never been a druggie I feel that she looks at me that way and don’t know how to get her to listen to me. Also I was wondering if anyone can tell me more about lymes disease? I was bitten by a tick about 9 years ago and had a ring where the bite was and didn’t do anything about it. My mom never took me to the doctors for anything always said I would be fine. So, could this be lyme that just flared up after I gave birth. I also had a spinal block/ epidural during birth and gave birth natrually.

You DEFINITELY need to be tested for Lyme. If you had a rash of any sort when you bitten by a tick, you could have Lyme. I went undiagnosed for 2 years, and had horrible joint swelling and pain. Insist on the test. If that comes back negative you’ll have to go from there (try a chiro, they will work with you on payments). But if you’re positive, it will just mean antibiotic treatment. If it’s gone this long you may have to treat 2-3 times, but you should notice significant improvement after the first 2-4 weeks. Good luck.

Help getting off of narcotics.?

Well this is my first step in reaching out for help. I am addicted to percocets and if i cant get them I take vicodin. I started taking them for pain in my jaw. I have seen many doctors and none of them can found the problem. I still have pain in my jaw on an almost daily basis. But I started also taking them for the high along with taking them for the pain. I have been doing this for about 9 months regularly now and I want to stop. SInce doctors couldnt find the solution to my problem with my jaw they stopped prescribing me pain meds so I resorted to getting them off the streets. I dont want to take them anymore or at least only take them when I absolutely have to for the pain. I have no health insurance so I cannot afford to go to the doctor for help. I also am a single mom so I cannot leave my children to go to a rehab or detox facility. Im scared of what they are doing to me and that something has taken over my life. I feel like such a loser for getting myself in this position. I have always been against drugs but yet here I am addicted to them. I dont know the proper way to taper off and Im scared to go cold turkey. I did that for a week a couple of months ago but then my jaw started hurting and I gave in and took percocet and havent stopped since then. I need help but I dont know what to do. I do know that I know longer want to be addicted. I am beginning to dislike myself because I feel like such a horrible person for getting myself to this point. Can anyone give my some advice on how to get off of these without medication from a doctor? Can anyone give me any advice at all that might help me?

Tapering off is the best way to go. Everyday take 1/2 pill less than the day before. Depending on how big your habit is, you might have to taper down slowly, it is the only safe way to do it. I had this problem a long time ago – over 25 years – only it was with codeine. This is how I did it – a little less every day until my tolerance was down and I could stop the last one or two a day no problem. You can do this!

You say you are taking them for the high – along with the jaw pain. Honesty is the best thing right now and I can see that you are being honest with yourself. The only way I have been able to never be adicted to pain pills again is due to the fact I had lots and lots of mental health therapy to find out why I needed to feel high to make it through the day. Once you discover when your emotional pain is and why – you will be able to better deal with your life.

I am even able to take pain pills again when I really need them – I too have a chronic pain problem. Email me if you like.
Good luck to you!

Getting help for drug abuse?

A little background info: I’m an 18 year old girl and just graduated from high school. I’m working full time during the summer, but i don’t know what i’ll be doing this fall. Might keep working full time, move out, or go to community college, no idea what i want to do.
Here’s the problem.
I’ve been smoking weed for about two years, and at first it helped with my anxiety disorder, but lately it feel like it could be making my anxiety worse. I’ve been a heavy smoker (every single day, many times a day) for the past year. I’ve also been abusing various pills (klonopin, trazodone, darvon, xanax, tramadol, vicodin, seroquel, oxycontin, etc) at least a couple times a week for months. I know i have a drug problem but i doubt i have an addiction to any specific pill, and i wouldn’t have any real withrawal if i stopped cold turkey since i don’t take them every day. I’d just be cranky, completely stressed out and depressed for while. Weed isn’t a hard drug and is not physically addicting, so seeking help for a “weed addiction” just sounds pathetic. I used to have a prescription for klonopin but my doctor stopped prescribing it once he found out i had a history of substance abuse. So, once my current prescription runs out my anxiety is going to skyrocket unless i keep self-medicating. I believe that i could quit if I really wanted to, but i’m scared to actually try since i think i would fall apart. Recently i tried coke and lsd and it hit me that sometime or another, i have to stop. I can’t keep doing this forever. My question is, how do i get help for general substance abuse? Should i go see a therapist? Should i go see my doctor about trying a new anxiety treatment? Go narcotics anonymous meetings? How do i get help for this?

As we say in Narcotics Anonymous…”a drug is a drug is a drug.” Don’t feel “pathetic” for seeking help for ANY addiction.

The best thing for you to do is to seek treatment. An inpatient facility is best, because they will be able to keep you comfortable during your detox process (and you WILL detox, I guarantee it), and monitor you for any unsavory side effects of coming off the meds. You will be able to socialize with other addicts, and get information about Narcotics Anonymous…which is what has kept me sober for nearly ten years.

It sounds like your problem is self-medicating to “control” anxiety. News flash – you aren’t “controlling” anything. You’re just putting in on the back-burner for a while. You need to get to a point where you can handle your problems YOURSELF with the help of a support system, rather than self-medicate. It doesn’t do anything good for you. It really just prolongs the pain.

I’ve been where you are…I know how much it sucks. Please feel free to e-mail or IM me and let me know if you’d like to talk more – cshenry91807@gmail.com

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