My mother has just moved into my place after being on morphine for the past 2-3 years (I think). She has a condition called fibromyalgia and says she was on other meds to deal with the pain then started hanging with the wrong types of people and became dependant on morphine. She come to me for help and say's she wants to get clean. She takes 180 mg per day intravenously and I have no idea how to help her. I want to know what is a safe amount to cut down her meds without major withdrawals and any other information would be really helpful and appreciated. Thanks
Hi there Im sorry about your mom. I don't believe this is something that you yourself will be able to handle on your own. You probably will need to go to a pain management clinic and she will be put on suboxone which will help her with any withdrawals. Fibromyalgia is a painful disease and after she gets detoxed she might be put on a med like cymbalta which is only one of several meds on the market for this painful condition.I hope this helps and there are many others on this site ready to point you in the right direction. I hope this helps some and good luck. Peace.
If your mom is ready to get clean then I recommend she seek professional help to detox since she is an IV user. As innerspirit points out there is the medication Suboxone which is used for opiate detox. You can go to Suboxone.com and use the doctor locator to find doctors in your area that are certified to prescribe. You'll want to call around and get prices for the program which should include counseling as well as medicinal therapy.
There are many medications that are non narcotic that can help with the fibromyalgia. Your mother may benefit from Cymbalta, Lyrica or Savella. She will have to get established with a doctor to have one of these prescribed. When you call around to ask about Suboxone you can ask about these as well.
Please do not attempt to ween your mother off the morphine, she is highly addicted, and needs medical help and intervention immediately if she is trying to get you to help her get "off" the dope. IV injection to top it off is very critical to her use of the morphine, and who knows what else she is "skin popping" to get the high she is craving, and the desire to achieve the "high' she is used to experiencing. It is a thrill to an addict to enjoy the skin prick from a needle, the feeling of "euphoria" from the injection of the morphine drugs, dangerous to say the least, deadly to others if withdrawal comes on quickly and without warning, and without the proper support staff, medically trained to look, and monitor people like your mom coming off large amounts of opiates (morphine) with no supervision. Get her to a rehab center, call 911, take her to a hospital, even if she has no coverage, call someone else.
She is not your responsibility to care and cure, she is a big person to ask you for help, which shows some respect to you, this also indicated she may be ready for help/treatment the right way. To burden a daughter is asking too much, you can best help her by taking her somewhere that specializes in the treatment for addicts, opiate abuse, herione abuse etc. See if there is a methodone clinic where you live?, take her there , send her on a bus, taxi,ambulance, go together, make sure she gets to the end point, the place that will help her.
Then you have to help your self as well, seek some guidance from an NA/AA group, meeting house, or other family members who know about your mom drug abuse/use/addiciton, she has to want it, for her, in order to "recover", you have to do the same for yourself, your sanity, and the way to say "NO" to the ones we love and care about. They, the addict, destroy us as well ,not just themselves in the ugly "addiction" life ride they are on. Believe me, it has affected you, you just may not recognize it as easily ... yet, No is a good word around addicts/alcoholics/dope sick persons, if you can don't give money to them either for cigs, its not for cigs, its not for a prescription, its for the high they want, need, crave, can't control. It may hurt, but it is okay, and the morphine you don't need to pay for, thats called an enabler--giving to the need of the addict. Liars, cheats, thieves, manipulators, rationlizers, excuses, reasons why? are all negotiation tactis used by yes..you guessed it all addicts, even a mother saying she wants to get clean.
Good choices will make you a stronger person, and suggestions used by others will provide the answers you are seeking to help "Mom". Try the phone first, every thing and person is listed under the yellow pages, and the white pages, online, at the library etc..
Hi, I understand your concerns for your mother. I am wondering how she gets morphine IV without a nurse administering it. That concerns me very much. I too have fibro, it's a horrible, horrible condition some doctors still do not accept and are quickly to dismiss a patient as "nerves" or as being a hypocondriac. I agree this is way out of your expertise, I would not begin to call your mother an addict, that sounds so dirty, per si'. She needs help that only she can ask for. If she doesn't want to get off the meds because she is terrified of the pain, which most can't begin to comprehend. There is a thin line between dependant and addicted. Only a professional can diagnose and treat. Best of luck to you and your mother.
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