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drug addicts and prescription drugs?

my aunt has terrible "migraines" and it has come to light recently that she is addicted to the painkillers, making every one wonder when the migraines are real, or if they aren't migraines but drug withdrawals. everyone has tried talking to her about it, but she doesn't see anything wrong with it.she isn't a drug addict in her eyes because she's not doing anything illegal(except stealing form her insurance company,from people who need the medications, and the people at their church who volunteer to help when her "migarines" get bad[they cook, come over and clean, etc])

has anyone else ever dealt with this? do you think even if it's prescriptions the person is an addict?

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Asked by mommashaybay at 8:05 PM on Apr. 10, 2009 in Health

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  • Addiction is different from increased tolerance, in that despite adverse consequences (i.e. loss of family, job, etc.), the addict continues the behavior. Tolerance is a physiological response wherein the body adapts to the dosage, and now more is needed.

    Whether your aunt is dependent on the drugs depends on the drugs. Some, like oxycontin, hydrocodone, etc. are very addictive, and should not be used for long term usage. Oxycontin has been known to actually cause pain symptoms in those that are dependent, and one cannot be sure whether the pain is from the original condition or the residuals of the oxycontin.

    Has she seen a pain specialist? The pain specialist may be able to assess whether she is dependent, and how to withdrawal her from the medication safely.

    Answer by Busimommi at 8:39 PM on Apr. 10, 2009

  • My mother is addicted to prescription painkillers, but because a "pain specialist" continues to prescribe them, she doesn't see it as a problem. I have bluntly confronted her and let her know that our involvement will be minimal for as long as she is an addict, but the drugs won. I don't know much that you can do other than let your aunt know what effects the addiction is having on her life and attempt to notify the Dr. who prescribes the drugs so that they will evaluate her next time she seeks a refill. Good luck.

    Answer by Kimebs at 8:49 PM on Apr. 10, 2009

  • she has seen a pain specialist, he was the one who started prescribing the shots for when the migraines were too bad...when she takes her meds(3 that we know of) she is incoherent, sleeps for hours, and cannot function. she lost her job because of how many times she either called in or left earlier due to "migraines"(she was a English teacher) last night my uncle left, and told her that he couldn't handle having a wife who was killing their marriage and didn't care.he told her until he was more important than the shots that he was gone.she gets botox injections around her hairline and jaw and the back of the neck, and they help keep the migraines under control(i dunno why) the insurance company told her they were suspending her prescription coverage until she completed rehab...outpatient rehab...she did 4 out of 9 sessions and they were happy with that...i hope that my uncle will be her wake-up call...

    Answer by mommashaybay at 9:47 PM on Apr. 10, 2009

  • It can still be an addiction even though it is prescription. It may not be illegal but it is still an addiction. She needs to see a pain specialist. She needs to see someone and get help before it ruins her life or kills her.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 10:12 PM on Apr. 10, 2009

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