... recently he was cut off. he does find them sometimes, but otherwise he hits the beer or alcohol to ease his pain?? I work in the health care industry and finding it very hard to cope with this. anyone have any resources or idea's on how i can help him without getting so frustrated?
Okay if he has a problem with addiction I would look for a suboxone doctor it is a drug used to get rid of the withdrawal and he wont get sick while on it it has an opiate in it but also has a drug that will block other opiates if used and he will get his life back. Chronic pain is subjective... what is this chronic pain? and why was he cut off? how much vicodin was he taking? what mg? also for opiate withdrawal google the 'Thomas recipe' it is his account of when he got off pain killers what he went through and what he took to help ease the withdrawl its a list of over the counter medicines that really do help if he can get a hold of a script of valium it really would help with withdrawal because he is in a lot of pain and cant sleep if he is in withdrawal just message me if you have anymore questions I hope he gets clean soon takecare and godbless trust me I'm going through a addiction of vicodin right now ive been clean for 9 days I was taking 27 vicodin everyday
Very sorry to hear the predicament your boyfriend is in. So much depends on the type of chronic pain he has. There could very well be good reason he needs the vicodin. So naturally when he's cut off from getting pain relief he needs, it's no surprise he'll turn to another form of "drug" such as alcohol to relieve the pain. As souldreaper suggested, Suboxone is great for stopping the cravings for opiates and keeps the person from the awful side effects of withdrawals. It is NOT however prescribed for chronic pain. Has he ever been diagnosed with a condition that causes chronic pain? If so, please try to find him a pain specialist who can treat the pain properly without having to take so many vicodins. Chronic pain is very difficult to deal with. Just as hard (if not harder) then dealing with addiction.
So I'm not understanding why the rush to cut him off from pain meds if he is in pain? Was he cut off from his doctor for taking too many? Since you work in the health care industry, you must know that chronic pain (unless the underlying cause is treated) never goes away and usually the person will need dose adjustments on their medications. There are safer alternatives then vicodin. Please try to get him in to see a pain specialist. Otherwise you may be looking at lots more frustration if his chronic pain is not treated properly.
Best wishes to you. And I hope you find the underlying cause of this pain.
If he really wants to quit maybe try methadone. It is something he has to be very committed to and not use methadone to get high. Methadone will take away all the withdrawal symptoms, but if he is still looking for the high its no use cuz chances r he will get addicted to it too. I am in meth treatment and it is working well for me, but will only do the same for him if he uses it the right way. GOOD LUCK PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE HOW ADDICTIVE LORTAB, VICODIN, AND ALL OPIATES R A SERIOUS ADDICTION. I NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD HAPPEN TO ME WHEN MY BACK WENT OUT, BUT IT DID. If he doesn't seek help in one form or another it can lead to heroin. I never got that far. I have a very supportive hubby and if it wasn't for him I would not be where I am today. As hard as I know it is please support him and give him time to do the right thing.
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