I need some advice on my husbands addiction

by Heather
(Clarksville, TN)

Hello, I love my husband and I recently found out that he was addicted to pills. He thought he didn't have a problem but then when he realized it and he put himself into a substance abuse therapy.

They put him on some strips to help him but with him being diabetic it is causing him to be so out of it, worse then if he was just taking the pills. I have tried to be strong and supportive of him while lying to our children and family members about his problem but I just can't bare to see him just constantly out of it all the time. In a way it makes me want him to go back to the pills instead.

I know he is getting help and doing the right thing and I want to be supportive but it kills me everyday to see him like this. See him trying to have a conversation and then passing out on me and the kids. Can you give me some advice to what I can do? Please help!

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Very difficult situation
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Heather,

I would recommend that you find out EXACTLY what medication your husband is taking, and also find out how much he is suppose to be taking.

Many doctors use Methadone or Suboxone to help manage opiate withdrawal but it should not make him a zombie? I would call his treatment center and find out what is happening. He may need to be on a MUCH lower dosage or he may be taking more than he should.

Because Suboxone and Methadone are both opiates it is CRITICAL that he ONLY take the exact amount prescribed. Often people take too much and then end up with the symptoms you're describing. They end up addicted to Suboxone or Methadone rather than using it to recover.

The treatment center is responsible for helping him to manage his recovery and they should change his medications if they are have such a negative effect on him.

Hope that helps,

Debbie

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