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Posted by DBH on October 24, 2000 at 05:03:50:

In Reply to: Painkillers taken my husband posted by HELP ME PLEASE on September 24, 2000 at 22:23:11:

Dear W.C. - I know you've heard a lot of advice and stories, however your husbands story is a lot like my own. My six-year painkiller addiction cost me a wonderfull job, and a wonderful relationship with a man who loved me for as long as he could. The addiction also earned me a 30-day stay in rehab and even after that, four days in jail with the outcome still in the air. I started out taking those pills for legitimite pain and I got addicted real quick. I, like your husband, developed a tolerance for painkillers that even amazed me. I was taking as many as 12 vicodins (5mgs) at a time, a few hours a part from each dose. It was a BAD habit. Even living in a fairly large city (austin,tx) I ran out of docs to scam, soI turned to forging prescriptions. I was doing some things that boggled my mind evan as I was doing them. I was finally caught. I was arrested and handcuffed in my local grocery store, booked for a FELONY and spent 4 days in jail. And even of this writing I still do not know what my fate is regarding that arrest. Everythime my adiction caused a problem like losing my job, falling asleep in the middle of a conversation with friends, bounced checks (the $$$ I spent totaled about 1/4 of a million dollars), etc. everyone else thought, well he's hit the bottom now, he'll finally turn himself around. But just because everyone else thinks you've hit the bottom does not mean you've hit the bottom. It took getting arrested and having all my freedom taken away from me to hit my rock bottom. Addiction is a weird and mysterious affliction and everyone has a different way of hitting that bottom. If you don't find that place you will end up dead or in jail. I've been in jail and didn't like it so if I ever tke drugs again my only option is death. W.C. I am not a praying person by nature but I will amke a special effort to pray for you and your husband and your son and the others around you who are being affected by his addiction. Remember that this is not your battle to fight. It is his and as much as you want to fight it for him you cannot. The change will have to cxome from him. Feel free to share my story with your husband and if you want to know more details of my addiction feel free to e-mail me at hutts@thespark.com. Good luck and may God bless you and your family.

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