This should have been a response to your post below "Xanax"
I wish there was a simple answer to this. As addicts, we are always at risk of becoming re-addicted. It's just the nature of the beast. Our brain chemistry feeling relief and saying "ahhhhhh" I remember this! Please give me some MORE!
I have been clean and sober for a # of years and have been prescribed both opiates and valium while being hospitalized and post surgically. I was very grateful and fortunate that I had a huge support system (and the tools of 12 step recovery) to find my way out when it was time to stop, which is NEVER easy. Everyone is not so lucky and I have seen many people relapse (espeically with opiates). With that said, I am also not a believer in needless or unbearable suffering especially during times of crisis.
With the tools of recovery and a solid foundation AND a strong desire to stay clean, it can be done safely. Firstly, it is important to be completely honest about your former addiction with your dr. and get the minimum amount of medication necessary to cover you and know that this will be for short term use only! Also, I was told not to be secretive about taking prescribed pills again since we are as sick as our secrets. (old addictive behavior), find someone you can confide in. When at home, I was told to write down the time every pill was taken, so I wouldn't forget and take more and NEVER to take more than is prescribed without first calling the doctor.
As I said, I was (and still am) very grounded in the program of recovery which enabled me to "get out alive". Please have support around you!
Geese....it's a scary one. They say it's like letting the tiger out of the cage ...
then trying to get it back in.
I wish you the very best of luck if that is what you decide you need to do.
Last edited by Ellnyc; 09-20-2004 at 08:14 AM.