I have a VERY good Friend, we’ll call her Sheree, 44, who has been taking Painkillers daily for over 6 months. These pills consist of mainly Hydrocodones, “Vicodin” and similar derivatives, as well as occasional “supplements” of Soma and Norcos. Sheree does indeed have some painful afflictions for which she requires these Painkillers, (Kidney Stones, Bladder Infections, Ovarian Cysts, & more.) She begins taking them when she awakens, then every 2-3 hours, throughout the day. In addition, Sheree also ingests a daily regime of Xanex & Carisoprodol pills for “anxiety” issues, in the morning and throughout the day.
When I expressed concern to Sheree that she might become addicted, she was quite adamant that she #1, was NOT addicted, and #2, would know IF she was addicted to either pill regime!
I have only recently learned that Carisoprodol is, alone and by itself, very addictive.
MY QUESTION: In your opinion, are the odds good that Sheree IS addicted to the Painkillers???
If so, what can she do about it, per a semi-painless “Detox”? She is a single mother w/3 children.
I am addicted to Dihydrocodeine. I cannot function without it. If I miss one dose then it feels like my body is closing down. The pain is excruciating!
My guess is that she IS addicted to them and I can openly admit I am.
I take 15 pills a day (Anti-Depressants, Anti-Psychotic, Anti-Anxiety, Weight Loss, Sleeping) and I know I cannot function without them.
If she NEEDS them then she really needs to carry on taking them as they serve a purpose to her ailments.
Does she want to come off of these pills or is it you who is wanting her to?
She can only make that decision for herself. Maybe she is happy taking these meds.
The meds can make her better. I know that Xanax is very addictive but that weighed up against having the Anxiety comes up tops every time!
The only detox she can do is either going cold turkey or coming down gradually off each med.
on: 20th September 10
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