I too am a recovering addict and I am not sure we all need to jump on this guy saying he has slipped. Perhaps he did self medicated which is WRONG, no doubt about that, but I did not read anywhere that he said he was trying to get high. I know for me, many muscle relaxers did not work at all. I tried zanaflex first and could take 12mgs at a time without feeling a thing. (I was not self medicating, I was dosed as "take up to 3 tablets at a time"). I know alot of people can take one 4mg zanaflex and it will put them to sleep. Everyone is different. Same with Flexeril, Robaxin and Skelaxin. Nothing, felt nothing, no sleepiness, no pain relief, no muscle relaxation, nothing. When I was finally put on Soma, it did work. The point is, everyone is different with what will work. It is wrong to self medicate and maybe he needs to try a different muscle relaxer, but I am not sure we need to be saying he slipped in his recovery. Only he can judge that. Only he knows his motives for taking more than prescribed.
At any rate, perhaps you need a different muscle relaxer, as if you need to take more than prescribed, it is not the right one for you. You should not be taking more than prescribed for one, you will run out early, and two, it is not safe and three, your doctor will probably give you the boot for doing so.
You did not say how long you have been sober, but it is possible to take pain medication and stay clean and sober. As Feelbad and myself as examples, it can be done. The key to it is taking your meds exactly as prescribed. Now, I do want to say, when I was totally undermedicated, before finding my present pain doc, I was guilty of taking more medication than I was prescribed. Two vicodin a day just was not enough. But I do not consider what I was doing a slip in my recovery. I consider that as being grossly undermedicated, as this person may be. You need to be totally honest with you doctor about what is going on.
I could be totally wrong about this but it is totally possible that this person is just not being medicated with the right medication. Just because Soma is a medication that is often abused, does not mean that is what is going on. As soon as we heard he is a person in recovery, we automatically jump to the conclusion that he is abusing it. Maybe ,just maybe he is trying to get pain relief and is going about it the wrong way. I know this probably going to be a very unpopular point of veiw, but I am just speaking from where I know. I too have been accused by my old doctor, when in fact I was just grossly undermedicated. As soon as I was properly medicated, all of that so called "addict" behavior stopped. Its called pseudoaddiction. And even a real addict can display it.