Husband Addicted To Prescription Pain Medication...
Caller: 26-year old wife
Problem: Prescription pain medication
Seeking: Rehab options for prescription pain medication
Reason(s): The wife is worried that her husband’s back injury and prescribed medication have become something much more serious. She is unsure how to address the problem and wants more information about what steps she can take next. She said, “My husband works in construction and got seriously injured several months ago. The doctor said he will completely recover and he can even work behind a desk for now, but the medication he is getting for his back injury is starting to play an important role in his life.” The caller said she is worried that her husband no longer adheres to the actual prescribed dosage and is breaking the law to get more. “Because I am at home throughout the day, I was cleaning and found two prescription pill bottles. That is not too weird, but when I looked a little closer, I saw that they had been filled by two different pharmacies.” The caller said she is worried that her husband is using several pharmacies to get more prescription medication. “Honestly, I feel a little helpless, he may be a pill addict, but I also know he is in actual pain. So I did not want to run to the doctor and tell him that, because the doctor might cut off his medication or have him arrested, I don’t know. I would just like a lot more information about how I can address the issue with my husband without shutting him down and making sure he gets the help he needs.”
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