Can you spot the addict? Prescription...

Can you spot the addict? Prescription abuse becomes widespread

There are 53 comments on the The Virginian-Pilot story from Feb 6, 2010, titled Can you spot the addict? Prescription abuse becomes widespread. In it, The Virginian-Pilot reports that:

1 in 4 Troops admit abusing prescription drugs within a one-year period. 1 in 10 High school seniors say they've abused Vicodin.

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“Crossin bridges one at a time”

Since: May 09

Annapolis, Maryland

#23 Feb 11, 2010
Hey Metal, Whats Up! I too was a vet, and was introduced to pain meds, following an injury.
No, Im not an addict, but Ive become physically dependant, on a few. I was NOT combat related, and they turnedme out, following the injury, and I didnt even know about withdrawal. I didnt have a refill, just a script, that ran out, and then the inevitable.1980, and its hurt on and off ever since, In 1996 was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia.Since then ptsd, related to Non-combat military experience.THAT, the PTSD, makes ya want to numb EVERYTHING.Nothing does, tho.
Nope, didnt get scd. Whomever said lifes supposed to be fair, was wrong. Its not, you live , learn, and go on.Best you can, and thank your lucky stars, you werent combat, or something worse. Thers ALWAYS somebody, with a tougher life, circumstances. It COULD, always be worse. Sh*t happens.Life goes on, with scars or w/out, but it goes on. Acclimate or get run over by those that do. Mystic

Since: Aug 09

Bismarck, ND

#24 Feb 11, 2010
mystic, i didnt know you were a vet. well id shake your hand and salute you if it were possible. its not so ill say thank you instead. thats BS that the service does that to their own, turn them out that is. it shouldnt matter if it was combat related or not. you still served your country and that should account for something. just my two cents and thanks again for your service.

Since: Aug 09

Bismarck, ND

#25 Feb 11, 2010
MetalRae wrote:
<quoted text>
Its a sruggle but dont feel like u have to justify anyhing by explaining everyhing u wentt through. Opiate addiction is probably the worst battle ever....its a 2 edged love/hate relationship.
metal,
if youve ever been thru addiction then youd know that sharing the experiences of ones addiction to others who've been there and know what its like is sometimes the best therapy there is. it lets people know that theyre not alone and that there is life after using/abusing drugs. sometimes when people go thru their past, it helps them realize how they got to where they are.

“Crossin bridges one at a time”

Since: May 09

Annapolis, Maryland

#26 Feb 11, 2010
painaddik wrote:
mystic, i didnt know you were a vet. well id shake your hand and salute you if it were possible. its not so ill say thank you instead. thats BS that the service does that to their own, turn them out that is. it shouldnt matter if it was combat related or not. you still served your country and that should account for something. just my two cents and thanks again for your service.
Thanks sug, it means a lot.Wishing you well, and momentum with THAT. Hugs, Mystic
wishful

Kansas City, MO

#27 Feb 11, 2010
I have always believed in the once a junkie always a junkie cause it seems I have never seen anyone get off it and even after a time you still crave it forever. If suboxone or other did work they should jump on it immediately.
HurtSoldier

Troy, MO

#28 Feb 11, 2010
painaddik wrote:
hurtsoldier,
im not gonna pretend to understand what you went thru while you were over there. i wont insult you like that. but what i will say is that i can 100% relate to you about your addiction to opiates. i hope you dont mind but im gonna share a bit of my story with you.
i wasnt that much different than you when it came to looking at addicts. i just used to drink beer and smoke a little pot every now and then. when we would party, some of my friends would go into a back room for awhile and then theyd come out all mellow with heavy looking eyes and they would nod off every now and then. finally i went in to see what they were doing. there they sat, shooting up oxycontin!! i would tell them that they were dumbasses and that i would never do that. they were retarded for doing it. well, one night, all drunk, they talked me into trying it. when i put that needle in my arm, i fell in love with opiates. that was about 6-7 yrs ago. i started shooting up oxycontin, dilaudid, morphine, heroin and just about any other opiate i could get my hands on. it didnt take much more than a month or so and i was a full blown addict. but i was a functioning addict. i would lead a normal everyday life. go to work, go to family functions, i was just a normal guy. but then i started to use more. i started to leave work to go and get pills because i couldnt wait till the end of the day. i started to bring my pills to work and would shoot up in the work trucks, portapoties at gas stations, anywhere.
pretty soon i had to shoot up in the morning just to feel normal and get outa bed. by this time, i wasnt able to get high anymore off of my "normal" amount. so i started using more and more and more. i would put in 70hrs/week or more at work. but 75% of the money i made went for pills. i was spending around $3000-$3500/month on pills. thats when i decided it was time to quit. i couldnt. i would get so "sick" i couldnt get outta bed. so i kept using. that cycle went on for about a year before i tried suboxone. the miracle drug was here!! except when i would have the craving, id use. pretty soon i was back to using and would use the suboxone only when i was outa pills or money. so i started to pawn everything that wasnt nailed down. i cant really say i never stolen anything because when i was using, because the money i used was the money ment for bills and food, money my family needed. i basiclly stolen the money i was making for my family to survive and live a normal life. when i realize that, i guess that was my rock bottom. the day i went into treatment, i shot up 60mg of oxy. i went thru 35 days of treatment and i did it with the help of suboxone. this time i was using the suboxone how it was ment to be used. it allowed me to concentrate on my treatment and while i was in treatment, i was slowly weaned off it. the day i walk out treatment, i was clean. that was in may of '08. ive only had two slips since then.
i shared my some of my story with you so you know where im comming from. plus it reminds me of where i came from and how far ive come. plus, i wanted to let you know your not alone in your addiction and that there are others who care enough to help. if there is anything youd like to know, please ask. i hope to hear from you soon. by the way, my name is gerald. welcome to topix.
hey man thanks for sharing that with me. The more I read about people's personal addictions and success stories the more motivated i feel to do the right thing. That great man being clean for so long. Honestly I envy you. Your story doesn't seem any different then mine. I have been able to function as an addict for the last year or so. when i told my girlfriend and family they were completely shocked. and to this day my close close friends still have no idea i am an addict. I have been 11 days clean using suboxone. but i am still in chronic pain from the injury. keep up the good fight.
HurtSoldier

Troy, MO

#29 Feb 11, 2010
Prophetess4Jesus wrote:
<quoted text> AWE I am so sorry you went through so much dol. Its not easy going through 1st of al going to I raq an then getting hurt. then after you lesving halfing to find help any where you can. I am so sorry for you. I wishedyou lived in Georgia. I have a good pain doc that would help you in a heart beat. he has people come from all over the usa for help. he urine test every few months which I dont mine. becare tho. any one taking any tpe of opeits, am AHDD mes such as Adderall, absolutely do not take "vick inhaler with it. i was accused of taking meht from the stree. if you look up vicks an taking any ahdd meds it will give a false positive drug test. this is what happen to me an I had to prove i wasn not taking meth. GOD certainally does watch over me an I praise his HOLY NAME for protecting my name. I wish for you to fine help my friend. I will be praying you.
GOD bless you
Sandi/ A Prophetess 4 JESUS CHRIST 25/8
A couple people from the Ar area have sent me emails giving me doctors to get in contact with dealing with both my pain and my dependency issues. GOD Bless you you seem like such a great sweet person. the world could use more people like you.
Fedje

San Mateo, CA

#30 Feb 11, 2010
Thank you for your service to our country! My grandson called me just this afternoon to let me know he was in Maine (he just came back from Spain) and will be going to Afganistan in Nov. He knows I worry about him.
I'm 60 years old and am sitting here in pain and wondering if I should take one of the Opana 10 ER that I JUST got filled. I was on the patch 75mg and hydros 10/500 for years. I went to the pain institute and this is what the Dr. gave me after reading my MRI. I always am so scared of taking new meds and don't want to get hooked on them. I would wear the patch for 5-6 days until the pain was to bad. I ran out after I changed Dr.'s and had no withdrawal, just pain.
I know I have to do urine and blood tests for them. If I want it to show at my appointment how long before should I take it? I don't want to take more than I need to but need to get them every month for them to keep me as a patient.
What can I expect taking this new med? Any advice.

Since: Aug 09

Bismarck, ND

#31 Feb 11, 2010
wishful wrote:
I have always believed in the once a junkie always a junkie cause it seems I have never seen anyone get off it and even after a time you still crave it forever. If suboxone or other did work they should jump on it immediately.
personally, i dont care if people call me a junkie because i know thats in my past. but there are other people here who will probably take offence to that term. most people will refer to themselves as addicts. from the way your post sounds, you havent had the misfortune of being an addict. as being a recovering addict myself, i do not "crave" my drug of choice. because i am an addict, there is always that chance of relapse. and the only thing that stops me from relapsing is the choices i make.

maybe the reason youve never seen anyone "get off it" as you put it is because they had to put up with or be around negative people such as yourself telling them they will still crave it forever. since ive been here, i dont think ive seen such a negative post filled with ignorance like the one you posted. for the sake of the misfortunate people who have to be around you, i hope the ignorance of your post doenst reflect the intellegence of the poster.

a bit of advice. find somewhere else to post your "wisdom" or better yet, start your own thread with your infinate knowledge of addiction.

have a nice day >:)
HurtSoldier

Troy, MO

#32 Feb 11, 2010
painaddik wrote:
<quoted text>
personally, i dont care if people call me a junkie because i know thats in my past. but there are other people here who will probably take offence to that term. most people will refer to themselves as addicts. from the way your post sounds, you havent had the misfortune of being an addict. as being a recovering addict myself, i do not "crave" my drug of choice. because i am an addict, there is always that chance of relapse. and the only thing that stops me from relapsing is the choices i make.
maybe the reason youve never seen anyone "get off it" as you put it is because they had to put up with or be around negative people such as yourself telling them they will still crave it forever. since ive been here, i dont think ive seen such a negative post filled with ignorance like the one you posted. for the sake of the misfortunate people who have to be around you, i hope the ignorance of your post doenst reflect the intellegence of the poster.
a bit of advice. find somewhere else to post your "wisdom" or better yet, start your own thread with your infinate knowledge of addiction.
have a nice day >:)
nicely put.:)
Jeff

Woburn, MA

#33 Feb 11, 2010
wishfuls comment was perfectly reasonable, why the bad comments back to him/her? He/She did not point fingers. He/she made a point.

People just hate being called a "Junkie", because they believe they are above it. Look, if you are hooked on drugs and you can control the habit, that's what we call a junkie. It's YOU who gives words their power, not the words.
Jeff

Woburn, MA

#34 Feb 11, 2010
cannot control the habit, is what I meant.

Since: Aug 09

Bismarck, ND

#35 Feb 11, 2010
Jeff wrote:
People just hate being called a "Junkie", because they believe they are above it. Look, if you are hooked on drugs and you can control the habit, that's what we call a junkie. It's YOU who gives words their power, not the words.
maybe you should read the post youre responding to more throughly before you respond to it. if your hooked on phonics and cant understand what your reading thats what we call illiterate. its WORDS that help you read, not your speak and spell.

Since: Dec 09

Summit County, CO

#36 Feb 11, 2010
HurtSoldier wrote:
<quoted text>
nicely put.:)
STFU you damn fake ass wanting pity by saying your hurt in iraq. You are a disgrace.

My marine brother kicks peoples ass who lie about being in the service, especially ones who claim they are disabled from combat when the only combat they have seen is when they beat their wives is a drunken rage.

Now tell me how i'm starting to piss you off , fake ass soldier
that comes to topix ready to get symapthy pain pillz

Since: Dec 09

Summit County, CO

#37 Feb 11, 2010
mysticcherokee wrote:
Hey Metal, Whats Up! I too was a vet, and was introduced to pain meds, following an injury.
No, Im not an addict, but Ive become physically dependant, on a few. I was NOT combat related, and they turnedme out, following the injury, and I didnt even know about withdrawal. I didnt have a refill, just a script, that ran out, and then the inevitable.1980, and its hurt on and off ever since, In 1996 was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia.Since then ptsd, related to Non-combat military experience.THAT, the PTSD, makes ya want to numb EVERYTHING.Nothing does, tho.
Nope, didnt get scd. Whomever said lifes supposed to be fair, was wrong. Its not, you live , learn, and go on.Best you can, and thank your lucky stars, you werent combat, or something worse. Thers ALWAYS somebody, with a tougher life, circumstances. It COULD, always be worse. Sh*t happens.Life goes on, with scars or w/out, but it goes on. Acclimate or get run over by those that do. Mystic
hey mystic,

Whats up sweetie

long time no talk

ben busy workig and its a doing me alot of good, 14 hour days and no anxiety

talk ta ya later

Since: Aug 09

Bismarck, ND

#38 Feb 11, 2010
hi again,
hey bud, hows it going? please tell me i didnt fall for the injured vet trick!!! im gonna feel like a dumbass!!
Jeff

Woburn, MA

#39 Feb 11, 2010
hi again: Do you know this person who claims to have been hurt in war? I mean, personally?

I am assuming so, since you just went off like that. Even if this person is a 'fake', you ought to practice a little self control, man. You're better than that.

But eh, I have never been one to have pity on someone who was hurt in war. Sounds disrespectful, I know. But hey we all make choices. That includes joining the armed forces.

You know what is almost as bad as making things up? Arrogance.

Since: Dec 09

Summit County, CO

#40 Feb 11, 2010
painaddik wrote:
hi again,
hey bud, hows it going? please tell me i didnt fall for the injured vet trick!!! im gonna feel like a dumbass!!
He was here about a month ago saying he had pillz for sell. That he was a injured vet that needed money for rent, billz, kids food ...

I come from a military family and I have NO toloerance for people using this excuse.

I have two dead relatives from the war and my younger bro is shipping to Afg. in next couple of months. None of them would have or will adverstise the fact they were there. It's not what they do. Abusing our pride in the vets is unforgiveable and he will have God to answer to (and me, while he keeps coming bac here to topix)

Since: Dec 09

Summit County, CO

#41 Feb 11, 2010
He advertises his injury in every thread he posts on. When I called him out about being here befire he "pull the thread and prove it" If he just stumbled on this site he wouldn't be going for the "find that thread" kine and it was not a thread he started, he posted in the middle of another thread.

Since: Dec 09

Summit County, CO

#42 Feb 11, 2010
Jeff wrote:
hi again: Do you know this person who claims to have been hurt in war? I mean, personally?
I am assuming so, since you just went off like that. Even if this person is a 'fake', you ought to practice a little self control, man. You're better than that.
But eh, I have never been one to have pity on someone who was hurt in war. Sounds disrespectful, I know. But hey we all make choices. That includes joining the armed forces.
You know what is almost as bad as making things up? Arrogance.
Jeff, you are prob right in the self control part.

I have buried 2 cousins in 3 years, another cousin is w/o an arm and my younger brother, a highly trained marine (crypto linguist) is shipping out to afg in next couple of months. They would ahve never adverstised their service, like this guy does on every thread he posts on "oh i was hurt jelping your freedom in iraq" thats not what our proud vets do.

He needs to quit falsely capatalizing on the war that we are losing so many of our brave younf friends, family members, and fathers, mothers, and children too.

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