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Posted by Frank frank on November 01, 2000 at 01:00:28:

In Reply to: hydrocodone addiction posted by Jennifer on October 31, 2000 at 23:26:01:

Failure is part of recovery, so if you want to stay with this man, expect a
relapse or 2, and try not to be too hard on him, also try to trust him, and do
not treat him like a child, suggesting that he is using. If he was on that high a
dose and has a 10 year history, he is up to his ass in problems that will not
be solved overnight. Some may suggest a support group for you, I don't
agree, he has the problem, not you!!!!
If he was a diabetic, you would not take insulin, would you?
You sound like a responsible adult, either you stay or leave, it is that simple.
If you stay be prepared for a rough road, that can be very rewarding if he is
successful in recovery. A renewed relationship may be found with him.
He needs all the help he can get, and is his best critic at this time as he
feels very bad about the problems he has caused.
I do not suggest that he get replacement drug treatment like methadone,
because it is almost impossible to stop taking it and is a life time deal for
most people on it.
Your husband is a smart guy, if he kept this from you for 10 years, so maybe
he can use his talent and gifts to beat this problem.
Keep us posted!

My husband has been addicted to hydrocodone and other pain pills for over
10 years now. He has been taking roughly 40-50 pills a day and now has hit
rock bottom. I never realized how bad it actually was because he kept it such
a secret. He has gotten himself in trouble now by trying to feed his addiction.
He is getting ready to start treatment to cure his horrible disease. Can
anyone clue me in on how I can help him beat this addiction.

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