i have alot of people in my life who or addicted to this medicine,,even my mother,,, but none of them go to the doctor,,, i need my medicine,,, i depend on it just as i do my nerve meds my depression meds an blood pressure med,,, but when my dr day comes around,,, everyone i no is at my house wanting my medicine,,, an i give it to them,,, then i run out,,an i beg people to borrow from,,, this cycle is makeing me more depressed,,, how do i say no ,,, i need this medicine,,, even to my mother,,, i dont no what to do anymore,,, this has been going on for years,,, what would YOU do? plz answer
Dude, you know good and well what to do, don't give anyone your meds. The psychiatrist didn't prescribe them for anyone except you. This is just basic common sense. "Put your foot down" and say "no" and take the medicine that your doctor prescribes for you, fairly simple. No more Mr. Nice Guy! :)
You lock up your medicine, then you learn to say no, it was prescribed for me and I need it. They are only thinking of themselves and using you because you are nice. Tell them to go see a doc and get their own scripts. You could get in trouble giving your meds to someone else, besides not having the meds you need.
I can relate. My problem was an ex husband and me NOT giving but him stealing it from me. Guard it.. some people will do anything to get it. You might can talk to your pharmacist about picking up smaller amounts and buy a lock box you can take with u. One thing you can use to your advantage... Tell them your doctor has asked to count you and you MUST have the correct amount at any given time. Set it up. Go somewhere and and use a phone or a person trustworthy and have them call you "into the office" for a pill count. Good luck and be strong, We have all had those kinda friends and family and that's not love.
You do exactly like Kaismama said and lock up your medicine. Do you realize that giving your medicine to someone else is illegal? As fast as they are to take it from you, they'll be equally as fast to give you up if they get caught with it and no prescription.
I understand how hard it is to say no, especially to family, so here's a thought for you. Tell them that your doctor's office is instituting a new pill count rule and that you can be called in at any time during the month and told to bring your medicine. If the amount of pills left in your pill bottle doesn't match with the date and quantity prescribed, you'll not only lose your pain med, but will be "fired" from the doctor's care immediately, without notice. That means no more meds for you - pain, psych or otherwise. Since you can't take that chance, they'll have to get their medicine elsewhere. Don't you dare feel bad about this either.
They're using you and you have a right to stop it. If they all have legitimate pain issues, they can go to the dr (the same as you did) and get their own prescriptions. Don't worry about anyone, including your mom, getting mad. It's their body's craving what it's become dependent on doing the talking. You just have to hold firm a few times and they'll realize that you're not giving in and stop asking.
I sincerely hope this helps you. Know that you do have the strength to stop this vicious cycle. Please keep us updated. We're here to support and encourage you whenever you need us. I wish you nothing but the very best of luck!
Igotv, there is not much more that I could say. Its like everyone has told you, lock up your meds and tell them you can be called in for a pill count at any time. If they can't understand that, too bad. You need your meds to survive! We all are here for you to support you. You're in a tough situation. Don't let your family put you in pain. Best of luck!
Dear Ito, I have a suggestion that you may or not be able to do. Tell your family that your dr cut you off after a bad urine test and put you on suboxone. They won't want any of those. Keep your old rx bottle for your meds and keep the new one when it is filled. Lock the bottle with the bulk of the new rx in the glove box of your car, or somewhere else thqt you can lock up. Keep a few in the old bottle, and hide those in a douche box, a tampon box, an enema kit box something they won't look in the purpose of having the 2 bottles, is to show proof you have a legal rx, in case you get pulled over. You will have to be crafty to get more out of the bottle hidden and locked in your car, but this would be a way to keep them from being stolen by your loved ones. Our counselor informed us that even giving away prescriptions IS drug dealing, even if it given and not sold and that is illegal. Just a thought or 2 to help you. Patti make sure you know where your keys ae at all times.
Igotv, Well you certainly did get you're answer's, didn't you? That's pretty much, what I grew up hearing.. saying how the cow ate the cabbage. And I would say every bit of what almost everyone else has said to you too. Because you did ask, and it is a very very serious issue. And, yes, you could get into some major trouble.I'm going to leave it there, because everything else has already been said. And it needed to be. I just want to add, that just because you have done this wrong, doesn't make you some horrible person. And you don't have to continue it. You know this or you would not have written in. Sometimes in life we have to stand up and do some very uncomfortable things, but they must be done, especially if it's for the best, and if it's breaking the law. I would hate to see something happen to you in a bad way. And you're fooling yourself if you think it cannot happen. But we all make mistakes. Maybe not the same ones.
But I don't think anyone wants to get their skeletons out of the closet and have a skeleton party. Please do what you have to do to get out of the situation you are in, and doing these things. It's always harder when family is involved, but not impossible. You're still human, and deserve forgiveness, and will get it, if you want it. But I encourage you to immediately turn your life around for the better of everyone involved. You can do this. And will feel better afterwards. Remember the good advice you recieved from the other's too. Take care, and God Bless You, Ruthie
I had a little trouble with someone "borrowing" medications and I started keeping them in a jacket pocket in my closet. No one knew they were there. Find a place where no one would think to look. Dont lock them in a hot car though. Extreme heat can cause them to break down. The worst places to keep them are bathroom cabinets (medicine cabinets) or kitchen cabinets. For one reason, they are too accessable to people and for another, the hot steamy temperatures from showering and cooking makes those places bad places to keep meds. Find a safe cool room temperature place where no one would think to look and then tell people "oh sorry, I dont have any to give you!" This way you are not lying. You might have some but not any to give away! Stick by your guns no matter what they say.
Those meds are yours! If someone were to get busted by the police with them, for instance, if they were pulled over by the police for driving under the influence, you would get into big trouble if they told the police that you were supplying the meds. Your Dr could find out and then cut you off. Diversion is a very serious no-no! People after your meds are using you! Dont allow this kind of behavior to continue. I know it can be hard when you love someone and they are hurting but they truly do need to see a Dr and get their own supply. You would feel even worse if someone were to OD on medications that you may have given them! It is just the best policy to tell them that you dont have any and keep your supply well hidden!!
Great advice from EVERYONE!!! Watch where you store your meds as the temperature should be between 68 through 77 degrees for most pill form medications. If hotter or colder it can breakdown the active and/or inactive ingredients, & may not be as effective. (or could be MORE effective) It's hard to follow all directions as not everyone can keep their home or car or just about anywhere at 68 to 77 degrees. Best of luck to you friend, & keep us informed as to how this turns out for you. It took a lot of guts to tell your story on here, & you deserve to have your meds not everyone else in your family! I'm kind of outspoken as most of the others will attest to. I would tell them not no, but HELL NO! Get your own doctor if you need meds, & if you don't need them then quit trying to take all of mine because I DO need them. This is terrible of your family to do to you, & even your own mother. I am ashamed of her.
As a mother you'd think she would be more concerned with your issues whether psychiatric or pain issues & she should be giving you HER meds not the other way around. (I'm not condoning it. You know what I mean) Hope you got my PQ, & good luck girl...
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