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Boyfriend having a problem with Percocets?

by Sonia
(Connecticut)

My boyfriend and I have been together for almost three years now. He likes to smoke marijuana, and I will smoke every now and then.

I have never been a person to try anything more than marijuana. I just drink at a party or special occasion. We are in college and I get that these are supposed to be the best years of your like to party, but when it becomes a problem it becomes tough.

My boyfriend in the past would do a Percocet every now and then, telling me that he was "stressed". It never really bothered me because he rarely ever did them. When he did however, I would notice almost instantly by the change in his voice and even in his face. He would also act a lot more affectionate then he did when he was sober.

This past summer, I worked two jobs. We hung out a lot but he had a lot of free time with his friends. His friends who were "not so good" friends. I started noticing he was doing Percocet's a lot more, and brought it up to him. He assured me that he had it under control and that it was nothing to worry about.

After he had not stopped weeks later, I would bring it up again. He assured me that once school started back up in the fall he would not do them anymore. Now that we are almost a full month back into school, he has not stopped.

He admitted to me just yesterday that he has a problem, but he doesn't want to go to a clinic or get help. He says that he only wants my help. I feel very overwhelmed that I absolutely need to help him, but I don't know exactly what to do. I can't tell anyone because I'm afraid of what might happen. I need help!?!

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Percocet is an opiate and HIGHLY addictive
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Sonia,

The bad news is your boyfriend is likely addicted to an opiate. The good news is it sounds like he's not had his addiction problem for an extended length of time, so it should be possible to end his addiction if he gets into treatment ASAP. The longer he is addicted the harder it is to treat.

Opiate addiction attacks the brain and is a serious disease that if left untreated is often fatal. When your boyfriend tells you he is unwilling to go and get treatment and unwilling to tell anyone he's making a very very bad choice.

You should let him know that he must go into treatment and he must tell people in order to get the help he needs.

I would recommend that you go to the campus health center and tell them your problem. Help them to help your boyfriend get into treatment as quickly as possible. Alone you will not be able to help your boyfriend overcome his opiate addiction.

I would further recommend that you tell his family and allow them to help you to help him get the support he needs.

There is likely a lot of resources on campus for addiction, you need to seek out those resources and take advantage of them. There is hope for your boyfriend but only if he gets help now and stops using.

Debbie

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