my husband checked into a rehab facility yesterday for a prescription pill addiction.he has been taking vicodin since about june for pain and they kept him on them until our insurance would cover a surgery he needed to hopefully take away the pain issues.he had his surgery 2 weeeks ago but just could not control himself with the amount of pills he was taking.i would hide them until it was time for his medicine and then i would go get him a dose but that didnt work because he would wait til i was asleep and go take them all and then try to play it off as though it wasnt him.well we have 4 children between 10 and one so i know it was not them and after a few hours he would admit he took them and this situation would just repeat itself over and over again.it was hard for him to see he really had a problem because he was in pain and they were after all prescribed by his doctor.he was finally willing to go to rehab though and i am so proud of him for doing so even though he just thinks that i think he is a loser and i can do so much better.and i try to tell him that no he is not and i dont want anyone else and that i just miss the man i married and i havent seen the real him in a long time.i wanted him to go to rehab and get better but i didnt really realize how lonely i would fell at home on top of it all.i know it is for the best and that he is exactly where he needs to be right now,i just kinda feel like no one knows how this feels i feel like i have not a soul to relate to,and this is only day one alone.i just was wondering if there was any other spouses out there with similar issues or have been thru the same thing???
First you need to learn as much as you can about opiate addiction. Only after your research is done then learn about recovery and maintenance.
Your husband is showing classic sign of addiction such as the negative attitude about not only himself but I would bet everything else in his life. This is what slowly happens to us addicts. He is very fortunate as he hasn't been abusing long and hydrocodone isn't a particularly strong opiate. That should mean that his addiction is any different then a heroin addict, yes there are differences but they all usually have to recover in the same way which takes a long time.
There are drugs out there mainly 2, which are buprenorphine (suboxone,subutex) and methadone. Both of these drugs are out of his league and keep him away from them. Your husband as I said before is actually fortunate mainly due to his relatively short time abusing. His brain and body haven't had the chance to chemically alter which is were those other drugs begin to come into play.
Don't be surprised though if they do use suboxone to ween him off the vicodin (hydrocodone and apap). He may even come out of rehab and be on it for a couple weeks but make sure he is on it no longer then the doctor there tells you.
Anyway, he stands a very good chance of making a recovery as he really is still in the discovery stage and I wouldn't classify him as a full blown addict.
So hang tight and support the shit out of him, let him know how proud you are of him ect. Don't forget to have a look at yourself as you are effected by this to... Good luck and hang in there... Dave
hey when he gets out he will probably relapse what you should do is get him on suboxone it has worked great for me i used to take 25-30 vicodin a day and its grat that i only have to take one pill a day and my ambition to try to get more drugs have dropped off completely.i used to visit the hspitol sometimes three times a weeek..anyway you need to check out this site www.turntohelp.com.it will help you find a doc who is certified to prescribe the meds cause not all docs can.and oh yea i would not recomend methadone it is hell to detox from.another good thing about suboxone you dont have to go to a clinic just the drs office.anyway check it out i guarentee it will work.good luck my fellow addict
Hello, wow do i understand you when you talk about how frustrating it is when you want the man you married back! it is tough to watch them 'need' this pill all the while knowing they are in pain and rely on that relief! well meanwhile it is addictive and some people have a hard time to say no, well he had herniated 2 discs on the job mind you and opted to not have surgery being a 'tough guy' and learned later while 'back on the job' that he was seriously injured and how life was different and since collects unemployment and was permanently put on 'lay off' from that company that pays reimbursement for the Rx but thats it... well that is due to stop and i'm so afraid of whats gonna happen to our finances since he has already been going behind my back to get other pills to 'do the trick' such as oxycontin... more expensive, also addictive, and he's really unattractive on that 'high' ...
so yes there is someone else out here that has a similar scare and wondering how the hellck to handle it productively!!! Best of luck with all your trying!
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