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I am a recovering alcoholic. I really spiraled downward around the beginning of last September. Worse, I was drinking while taking Norco for abdominal pain. I was taking the pain medication for valid pain but obviously abusing it at night b/c I was drinking alcohol. I checked myself into detox in early January with support from everyone and in addition to quiting alcohol I detoxed off the Norco (40 mg/d user).

No alcohol since. Did intensive outpatient and am seeing a therapist weekly and using multiple support structures plus spirituality. It's wonderful! But the pain didn't just go away. In addition to the WD's from suddenly stopping Norco after one year I still had the intermittent pain and the really bad acute attacks. Even had them in the hospital while detoxing.

Sorry this is long. My psychiatrist encouraged me to see a PM doc b/c all the cognitive techniques I was employing were not enough and my GI specialist (#4) has tried everything. I told the PM doc everything (addiction, detox, the works) and he has me on 30 mg/d of hydrocodone. I am also seeing a pain psychologist to enhance/fortify my meditation, relaxation, etc. Ultimately I would love to quit all pain meds, but history suggests that may be asking a lot especially in the near term. Short of that I think a good goal (advice please) would be to work on the cognitive skills to at least go down to Darvocet or something else for the intermittent pain (not as bad) and maybe ask for something stronger for the acute attacks (debilitating - have approx. 10 per month) b/c the hydro doesn't manage it very well. At the same time, given my addiction history, I haven't the slightest idea how me talking about something like specific meds would go over.

Any advice is welcome. The WD's were horrible esp. when coping with the pain and I'm about to have a son in addition to having a little girl. I simply hate when the pain prevents me from being the most as a 33-year old father. The illness of alcoholism and the detox process already robbed months from my family. I have forgiven myself for that but want to avoid any major screw-ups moving forward.

Sincerely - one apprehensive father.