Re: Bipolar and pain pill addiction
Well first off welcome to the Board.
Yes BP meds can cause addiction in and of themselves. I recently had to come off of Zoloft after 7 yrs of use, and the withdrawals were not fun. Now I am weaning off of Cymbalta and so far it hasn't to be to bad, but my pdoc is doing it very slow. Klonopin is extremely addictive as are all of the Benzo's. As for the Pain Meds, of course they are addictive, I recently 4 months ago had to wean off of Fentanyl which is the strongest opiod pain killer possible, and didn't have much trouble. I am now on Oxycontin and Percocet, the strongest one available. And yes I have concersn of having to detox them when i don't need them at some point. some people have a greater tolerance to meds than others.
Now, as for the cocaine addiction, street drugs are a whole different story, and it sounds like your wife is just where she needs to be. Once she kicks that she'll be on her way to be a product member of your family, loving and supportive of you.
You are a great man, you have supportive your wife through all of this and not let it drive you away, there are not many men who can claim this.
For now she just needs to kicking the cocaine addiction. As for the pain meds if she doesn't need them anymore, then take her to her providiving doc and tell him, so that he can stop providing them. As for the BP meds it depends on whether she/you wants her to be able to control her BP and stay stable and be able to help you with your family. Even though you can grow a dependance on they, they are necesary for her to keep her on an even keel as far as the BP goes.
Good luck with all of this and keep let us know how you're doing 'kay?