Uh oh, is my girlfiend becoming addicted to painkillers?
Hey guys, I think my girlfriend might be becomming or is already addicted to painkillers. I've been dating her for about 2 months now and she's always been the sweetest, kind hearted person I've ever known. But during the weekend in a softball tournament she twisted her back and had to go to the ER. Nothing was broken, but due to her throwing motion it just caused painful muscle spasms in her back and the doc gave her ibuprofen, lortab, and valium as well as prescribing more to her. I don't know the doses, but I do know that she's no stranger to painkillers and she's told me that what the doctor told her to take isn't enough and isn't doing anything for her and she's taking more of her lortab than what she's supposed to. I've also noticed an abrupt change in her behavior, particularly towards me. She all of a sudden doesn't seem to want to be around me as much, which is a big change, and even today on my birthday she didn't really want do anything with me. This came as a complete surprise to me. I've also just recently learned that she drinks on occasion and she's been a light smoker for 2 years now (she's 18 years old).
I've read Dr. Drew Pinsky's book Cracked which contains alot of information about drug addiction and was very insightful, and from what I've read from the book, I'm almost positive that my girlfriend is becomming addicted. I know that an addiction to painkillers is near impossible to defeat, but is there anything at this point I can do to get help for her? Most likely not since she doesn't even think she has a problem and I know she'll resist any attempt to get help... For now I'm just going to see what happens once her meds run out and see what she does from there. My dad is a family practice physician and if I notice that she's trying to get prescriptions then I'll know for sure that she's addicted (my dad is not the one that prescribed her the meds, we were out of town when the injury took place). Personaly, I predict that once her painkillers run out she's going to continue to complain about her back pain and continue trying to get more painkillers, but only time will tell at this point.
Anyone have any thoughts they'd like to share?