My husband has been on Ativan for 8 yrs. Initially the script started out at 0.5mg 3x's a day. It is now written out for 4x's a day but my husband ends up taking 8 a day (possibly more). His doctor will refill the prescription only if he comes in to see him. Once he sees him the quack writes him out another script in which he has to pay regular price since the insurance company won't cover it. And the jerk dr gets his office visit money.
Shortly after my father passed away I was having problems coping with the loss and was put on the same drug to help me through the grief. My husband started stealing these med's from me. He's also filled my prescription (without my knowledge) so when I went to get a refill they told me it was too soon. Imagine how surprised I was to find out what he did?
We've tried everything: counselors, psychatrists (he's the one that got him addicted), support groups. He's even given me his bottle of pills to hand out to him each day so he doesn't exceed the 4 a day. However, if I take a nap or go outside he goes thru my purse and steals them. I now have to take my purse with me everywhere I go in my own house (even when I shower). If ever I get sick and the dr gives me cough medicine I have to hide that, too or else he steals it from me. WTH? What I would like to know is - can this addiction actually be overcome
? He got off alcohol in 2002 by taking Antabuse, but this stuff has a hold on him like I've never seen before. I'm literally at my wits end. We've been married for 20 yrs. My husband is 62 and I'm 52. I feel his addictions have taken the best part of our lives. We haven't been intimate in 13 yrs. He's retired now and gets a decent pension; I'm still working but not in the best of health because of all the stress and isolation. I realize I am a co-dependent and have joined a support group, but all they offer is their stories; no advice or suggestions. Where do you draw the line between helping and hurting someone?
What's so sad is that we've worked hard to get to the point of our retirement years by saving $$$ and getting the house paid off for what? To live the life of an addict?