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My Opiate Addiction and How to Help You and Your Loved One

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 4 4

First of all I want to inform you that I haven’t myself written this article about Opiate Addiction.

It is written by a friend of mine, who have asked me to publish it. I have agreed to do so because I believe that it is important to spread relevant information about any type of addiction, be it alcohol or drugs.

Many are not aware of the risks related to the intake of ordinary prescribed medicine; but actually, medicine can be as risky as pot and other drugs made from the beautiful but dangerous nature.

Credit: Harvesting Opium wikipedia.org/wiki/Opiate

Harvesting the pod from the opium poppy plant

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My Friend's Story about Opiate Addiction

It all started about 2 years ago. I went to my family physician for pelvic pain. It was to the point that it was excruciating. My doctor did some tests and it was determined that I had endometriosis. Endometriosis is a medical condition that affects women in their childbearing years. Basically a type of tissue that lines your uterus is also growing outside the uterus. It is not dangerous and sometimes women may not know they have it because oftentimes they don’t experience any symptoms.
Anyway, my doctor prescribed a regimen of Percocet, rest, and hormone therapy. Hormone therapy stops your period and shrinks any inflammations. I had my tubes tied 16 years ago so the consequence of not being able to become pregnant did not faze me the least, and the idea of not having a period thing was a nice relief. I had taken Percocet before but not for long periods of time. I started developing a need for the opiate after about 3 weeks of taking the pills every day. I ran out of Perocet, so I called my doctor, and she called me in another refill to my local pharmacy.
I began to take more than the prescribed dosage. I ran out, of course, within 2 weeks. I called my doctor once again, and I told her about how my step daughter had taken them when I was not at home. My step daughter is a recovering opiate addict. So my doctor called the pharmacy, and I had now a prescription for 60 days. I was done with them in 4 ½ weeks. Once again, I picked up the phone and called my doctor and I made up another story. This time she denied to prescribe anything. She said something about me being too dependent on the opiates, and that I might have an addiction. I thought she was crazy. I have real pain! I need pain killers!
So I headed down to my local hospital ER and I got more painkillers. I did this several times until they shut me off too. So I started other desperate measures. I went to other hospitals in other surrounding cities and towns, and I even started buying them off the street. By this time my husband noticed I had a problem and said if I didn’t get help, he was out the door. So the next day, I checked into a detox center. I was given Suboxone which helps you get rid of any withdrawal symptoms. I was in detox for 5 days. I got home on a Wednesday and that Sunday I went to my 1st NA meeting. I have been clean ever since. It is a struggle everyday though with cravings. My therapist suggested I go to a Methadone clinic. Apparently Methadone helps you control the cravings but I didn’t want to take one drug to get rid of another.
If you or someone you know shows signs of an addiction, get them help immediately. Signs of addiction include:

1. Have you ever lied to a doctor to obtain opiates?

2. Have you ever stolen drugs or stolen money to get drugs?

3. Do you use opiates first thing when you get up, to help you get through the day?

4. Do you avoid people who do not approve of your drug use?

5. Is your school work or job suffering from the effects of your drug use?

6. Have you ever lied about what or how much you use?

7. Have you ever tried to stop using or at least cut down?

8. Have you been arrested? Been in the hospital or drug rehab?

9. Does your drug addiction control your eating and sleeping habits?

10. Do you feel like it is impossible to live without drugs?

11. Does the thought of running out of opiates drive you crazy?

12. Is your using making your family unhappy?

These are just some of the signs of an addiction. But the only person who can admit to an addiction is you or your loved one. You must admit that you have a problem before you can get help!

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My Addiction is Past Now

It has been a few years now and I have fallen off the horse a few times but I have gotten right back up. Dusted myself off and got right back up. It is still hard even today to fight off the urges at times. The cravings are pretty much gone now. Drug abuse is a hard road to be led down. It is a dark tunnel to be in. But there is a light at the end of that tunnel. They say that you first have to admit that you have a problem before you can get help. This is so close to the truth. No one could make me do anything that I wasn’t ready for. There was no ‘getting through to me’, until I made the choice to say: I have a problem and I need help. But I am glad I did. It has made me who I am today. It has made me a stronger person and I am glad for that.
If you, or a loved one is going down the path of destruction, you need to get help before it is too late. Some people never come back from that dark, lonely place. Don’t let that person be you or someone you know.
Drug addiction can occur to anyone, and it is very hard to overcome. If you know someone who is need of help then do everything you can to assist them. Sometimes you may not be able to help a drug addict unless they themselves truly are ready to be helped. If someone does not want help or is not ready, then there is not much you can do. Do what you can, but the addicted person have to want the help for their own reasons. Help people as much as you can even though you sometimes may feel that it is hopeless.



Mar 7, 2013 7:45am
Thanks for publishing this, Ernie. When I was enduring a serious illness some years back I was kept on Devenil (spelling probably wrong) but it is a very strong pain killer. After a month and a half to two months of getting my "fix" daily, the doctors did not simply reduce the dosage I was getting but took me off it cold turkey--This sent me in to halucinations for nearly 10 days so I know about the "drug" effects of prescription drugs. I never got addicted except to say, I sure looked forward to the shot every day and sometime twice a day so I can see how easy an addition can takeover. 2 Thumbs up from me and a rating.
Mar 7, 2013 9:08am
Great article. I just did an interview with a doctor who talked about how the medical community struggles with prescribing opiods ( I always thought it was opiates) In some ways it's like alcohol. You never know who will be addicted.

I'm glad you published this. It is a huge problem.
Mar 7, 2013 11:19am
Hi Marlando,
This is an important piece. I have a chronic back problem, and have struggled with controlling pain all my life. Anti inflammatories make me sick after I take them for a few days. But pain killers can cause all the problems your friend mentions here. I try to lower my doses on my own, and meditate, but sometimes I also have to ask myself the hard questions. I do live with pain everyday, and need something for it often. But it depends on your doctor too, and especially in the U.S. they are not used to treating chronic pain. Once my husband and son carried me into the office, and the doctor gave me a prescription and said to only take it if I was in agony. IF? Would I have to be carried in if I wasn't in agony? Then on the other side of the coin, some doctors aren't paying attention and would give you anything, so you have to watch yourself on your own. I'm in the midst of changing doctors, I've been with mine for 20 years and have a hunch he doesn't even know my name. My hero is my chiropractor! NIce job.
Mar 12, 2013 2:14pm
Great job on a timely piece. Good luck to your friend. It's a slippery slope for the rest of your life.

I've been through several failed relationships due to this type of addiction, and my inability to watch someone kill themselves and never except any help.

I even had one girlfriend that I kidnapped and took way up into the mountains where no drugs where available for two weeks.

I watched her sweat and shake and puke and almost die until it finally turned and she got better and better day by day. At the end of the two weeks she was the girl I had known prior to her addiction.

In the end two weeks after coming home she went back to the drugs and I ended up having to break it off.

I am sad to say that I have never met a successfully reformed opiate addict, and believe me when I say I've met hundreds.

Good job, Thumbs up.
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