My spouse has been a long time Vicodin user. It started when my spouse ruptured a disc in their back, L5 S1 to be specific and found out that they have spinal stenous. That happened about 2 and a half years ago. My spouse takes anywhere from 6 to 12 Vicodin 10-325s daily. We both know now that it is not completely for the pain in their back and that this is a problem. This is affecting our family and our lives and interferring in our marriage. My spouse wants to stop and is trying to taper off and is seeking counseling and has gotten in touch with a sponsor. I just want to know how I can support my spouse and the things to expect while they go through this process. At times it is very stressful and irritating. The severe mood swings and arguing are really getting to me and my spouse has stated to me that when life is stressful that is when they want to and feel that they need to take more Vicodin than is recommended on the prescription. Please any advise and help that anyone can offer would be more than greatly appreciated. I want to help my spouse in any way possible and I want to be the best for my spouse that I can possibly be at this time of need. Just someone tell me what to do and I will do whatever it is to help, and what to expect and how to deal with it and how to best help my spouse. Thank you.
weening down and trying to stop is almost impossible and it just lets the addict keep on abusing. Get him/her to a doctor and get real help that way. That is how you handle it. If he/+she won't do it then it's time to make the decision whether you want to stay and live this life which I guarantee you will get 1000 times worse or get the hell out with your kids (if you have any) and have the life you deserve. I know it sounds harsh but the addict has to do one of two things. Either get into recovery or a early death... Good luck and i hope they get some help, possibly a suboxone doctor... Dave
You and your wife are definitely not alone! So many people are addicted to pain medications. I'm among them. There is a difference between addiction and abuse. Your wife has entered in to the abusive level with these meds. Is there some reason she hasn't had her back fixed yet? There are so many new procedures these days that she shouldn't have to live in pain. I can only tell you to be supportive and expect the mood swings. Withdrawal symptoms don't have to be painful. She needs to be under the care of a specialist that deals specifically with chronic long term pain and addiction. Simply trying to get off the vics will not work. Unless she addresses the underlying problem with her back, she will always need the pain medications. There are a few people on this forum who know alot about new medications for people like your wife. And how to help her deal with it. Talking to a counselor is a good thing but will not help the addiction she has.
She will relapse, especially with her physical condition. I'm sorry if I sound pessimistic but it's the truth. I'm hoping SUBZERO and MPVT see this question and respond. When someone has chronic pain and access to opiates, it is very difficult for some people not take more and more. She has leveled out and needs to be on a med that will work for her. Most doctors (for some reason I don't understand) keep prescribing the same rapid release opiates for such a long time. They are doing alot of harm to her entire system, including her brain. I shattered my low-mid spine about 6 months ago. I need additional surgery after my vertebrates heal and have permanent nerve damage. Prior to that I also had a torn, leaking, black disc at L-4 L-5. I put off surgery to repair the bad disc because they had procedures that worked for me. My surgeon currently has me on an extended release opiate and a rapid release one for breakthrough pain. Slowly but surely, I need to take less and less of the rapid release ones like your wife is on because my surgeon prescribed a good dosage of the extended release. It is much less harmful as they give your system time to regenerate. I said in the beginning that I'm addicted too. I don't have the self control when I have a bad flare up, so I asked my husband to give me my daily meds each morning. Is your wife willing to let you help her by controlling the meds for her? I am hoping the 2 members I mentioned respond. I can only tell you that if you put the effort in and seek the help of a good pain specialist, it will get better. For both of you! I hope you have the strength to deal with this and wish you and your wife success. You came to the right place for support. So many people here have helped me too!
Good luck to you and your wife,
I myself just quit taking Vicodins 4 days ago. I quit cold turkey and for me the first day was the worst. I could take anywhere from 10 to 20 7.5 or 10mg a day. The withdrawls that I have are no energy, body aches, diarrhea, restless legs and not being able to lay still when trying to fall asleep, and being very emotional and crying about anything. Just reassure your spouse that she CAN do this and it may feel like the end of the world when not taking them but it will get better. Tell your spouse that its an awesome feeling to not depend on Vicodin to do any kind of activity. I chose not to take methadone or anything else to help with withdrawls because I do not want to become dependent on anything ever again. Just be there for your spouse. The physical withdrawls may only last a week but the emotional and psychological part may last a lifetime. I hope I've helped even just a little and if you have any questions please ask.
Christine and Monkeyfun your answers about the addiction problems are tremendous!
I too am on oxys 15 and opana 60 for 7 years and without them I would be essentially bedridden. I have never taken more than I am prescribed and I get sick if I take the oxys to close together. Fracture669 having a loving family can make all the difference in the world. You really love your spouse to even write here so go that extra mile to help them. It may be all that they need...
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