I just found out my husband is addictend to Vicodin. HELP!?
- 11 Dec 2009 by dancingmommy
- 22 May 2010
I just found out yesterday that my husband has been taking Vicodin for over a year now. He started taking them 8 years ago for chronic pain and then the Dr.'s cut him off. Since then he said he was off except for when the Dr's would prescribe it. In the last year though he has started stealing them from family members. He has come clean to the family and to me now. He says that he wants to be clean and healthy. He has a call into a substance abuse counseling service and is waiting for a call back. He has been taking 6-8 pills a day and then has been down to 3 this past week - according to him. Now he is dealing with the family fall out of coming clean but claims no physical withdrawals. Is that possible? How do I know he isn't using now? I guess I am still in shock that my life partner of 18 years is in this position. What do I do now? HELP! Any and all advice is welcome. Thanks!
Prior to him not being allowed to use this medication did he abuse them when he was given them? What kind of injury did he have was it permanent? This may have been a cry for help in another way it may not be abuse and he may not be addicted. Stealing them is not good but it may have been the only way he was able to get pain relief without you finding out. He may not have fully recovered and still needs them from whatever injury he had when he had became possesion of them before from a doctor. I am not taking any side's but were there any tests done on his injury if it is permanent he may need the pain medication's for a lifetime. Some people are not addicted or abuse them but just need them because of the injury. Have you talked to him about his pain I know that you are angry that he had been stealing them but just put that on the backburner for a second and ask him how he feels and if he feels like he is in so much pain that he can't live without them. Take him to a pain management doctor they have many resources for him if he needs the pain meds. they will give them to him if he is just using them to get high cause some meds. have a euphoria like vicodin,norco,OxyContin and many other's then they will get him some counseling to get him off the pain meds. They have this medication called suboxone that will help him ween off the pain med. Honestly I know it is hard to trust him again cause he has been lieing but I don't think he is abusing them if you haven't noticed for a year now and I don't think it is an addiction or he would go as far as stealing money to buy street drugs. Just before you get angry with him ask him if you can help him and take him to a pain med. doctor I promise they will help him from anywhere to addiction to helping him take the right pain meds. he needs to control his pain. Hope this helped good luck dancingmommy.
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