My husband hurt his back a few times over the years, he's a construction worker so he has fell off ladders & a barn before. He has 4 cracks in his spine and 3 crushed disks. I know he is in pain & he needs his pain meds. But the prescribed amount no longer helps him. For the last 2 years he has been taking narcotic pain medication & has had to keep increasing the amount of pills he takes. He currently takes seven 7.5/325 mg of Norco 3 times a day. That is 21 Norco's a day! Sometimes even more. He gets a script for 240 a month & is only supposed to take 8 a day. He is out within 2 to 2 1/2 weeks. Before the Norco his old Dr. had him on 5/500 mg Vicodin and he would take 10 of those at a time. I know the amount of acetaminophin alone is very dangerous. And he knows too. He gets very scared & he has severe panic attacks thinking he is gonna overdose or that his liver is shutting down. He also takes Xanax for his anxiety. The combination of the two pills makes him where he's falling asleep randomly through out the day. Everytime he tries to stop or take less of the pain pills he is in excruciating pain. If he doesn't take the Xanax he has panic attacks & thinks he's dying!! Its like a never ending thing. He is about to undergo a back surgery, so I am scared he's gonna take even more of them from the pain of surgery. I am terrified I'm gonna lose my husband. I barely sleep at night, I'm constantly feeling his heart to make sure its still beating or feeling for his breath. He isn't the typical addict. He wants to stop taking the pain meds, but he doesn't know how to stop without his body being in excruciating pain. I'm so worried and I don't know what to do anymore. I'm scared it's just a matter of time before he overdoses, or worse... Any professionals that could give me some advise would be greatly appreciated!!