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Old 04-04-2010, 10:50 AM   #1
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Treatment centers for drug dependency

I am on several prescribed pain meds, and feel I have become too dependent on them. I am on SSN disability (30 years as a critical care RN) due to degenerative disc disease, psoriatic arthritis, fused discs from auto accident, nerve root compression. I do not abuse meds in a addictive manner, but would like to somehow lower the dosages that I am currently on. Is any one aware of reasonable cost treatment centers that deal with people that will need to remain on at least some level of pain medications? The treatment centers are typically set up for addictive personalities where the focus to to eliminate all drug use. I spent years in agony trying to keep off the pain meds I am currently using, but these narcotics were the only meds that provided any level of pain relief.

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Old 04-05-2010, 12:19 AM   #2
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Re: Treatment centers for drug dependency

Oddly enough... I just recently was referred to a new psychologist. Two of them actually.

Here is the kicker as it relates to your post. Both of them are specialists in "pain management" and they both operate out of the University Alcohol & Drug Rehab Clinic. They aren't trying to detox me but I'm sure if that became an issue, they would assist me with it.

I was referred to them for evaluation & treatment as part of my Vocational Rehab. Which is basically a state service operating as a branch of Workforce Services (the people who you go to to apply for unemployment or disability. They are set up to help people with disabilities find employment. I'm guessing that Substance Abuse and Alcoholism fall under the category of a debilitating illness, so they work with these therapists on a regular basis and so when they looked up pain management psychologists, they cross indexed with drug rehab specialists.

Anyways the gist of it is the state is paying for me to see them as part of my treatment to make me more employable. Which makes sense as pain and pain medications definitely have an impact on your overall affect, which includes (but is not limited to) pain related depression.

So my suggestion is to check with your state resources. They definitely want to find work for people with disabilities, even if its working from home over the phone 1-2 hours a day. With the current state of our Social Security system; too little money for all that people have paid in over the years, they are willing to pursue anything that provides outside income and conserves money for the future .

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Old 04-05-2010, 07:19 AM   #3
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Re: Treatment centers for drug dependency

I just currently (10 days ago) came off ALL my narcotic medication. I was on a high dose of both short acting and long acting meds. I won't lie...I am still not doing all that peachy, but I am doing ok. I am suffering from anxiety/depression the most right now. The physical acute withdrawals were only a few days. I also tapered down, so this probably helped.

I also have chronic pain from my back. I've had two surgeries on a herniated disc (same disc went 2x) and am now left with nerve damage. To make a long story short, I had an unrelated female surgery a few months ago and I noticed my pain started to decrease. This is what has led me to come off my pain meds.

Where am I today at 10 days off with regard to my pain? I really don't know. I haven't been very active due to a bad stomach bug going through my house. I've been nursing sick kids and husband all week. Talk about testing your strength....having to drive your husband to the ER with your small kids in tow, during day 4 of your withdrawals...arghhhhh.

Anyway, tapered off my meds with the guidance of my pain management doctor AND my pain psychologist. They gave me some other medications to help ease the withdrawal phase, which I am still taking. After all that I have been though, the thought of having to go right back on them scares me. BUT....I cannot and will not live a life in chronic pain. i think it's a personal decision to come off meds and what is right for one person, is not right for the other person.

I want to add how KEY it was to get into professional counseling. My pain psychologist helped me understand my life with narcotics and how I was not addicted to them, but physically dependent. And most importantly, how that was not that big of a deal. Anyone who takes medications long term....like a diabetic....is physically dependent.

I guess i am a little confussed as to why you want to lower your dosage? Do you believe your pain has decreased? If so, then great! If you are only lowering it because your fear of addiction/dependance then please seek help from your doctors. I'd hate to see you suffer through withdrawals and still have lots of pain at the end of all of it.

Sorry this is all jumbled, but my mind is not all that clear yet.
Jdsun

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