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Re: add, & addiction

Posted by Cynthia on July 13, 1999, at 22:40:23

In reply to Re: add, & addiction, posted by MelindaJ on July 12, 1999, at 10:59:48

> Dear SB and all,
> I'm looking for some basic information concerning ADD and addictions to prescription drugs. I'm concerned about my ex; he's an adult with ADHD although he's never been formally diagnosed. As an RN, he was able to get access to a variety of drugs. It appears that he's primarily addicted to a combination of Xanax and Lortab. His dependence on these drugs increased when he was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. He recently was hospitalized following an "accidental" overdose with a myriad of stockpiled drugs. However, the medical community was very careful not to label him as "addicted" in any of his records. I'm interested in discussing what role (for those of you who feel you may be addicted) your doctors/medical community may have played in your addiction. I want to understand what my ex is going thru and how best to help him and improve the quality of his relationship with our daughter. Please e-mail me confidentially if you prefer.
> Thanks.

Hi Melinda,

tough question. I really don't know what makes someone so vunerable to addiction. I know people with ADD generally have poor impulse control and people with mental illnesses desperately want to feel good. I imagine for each individual, there are many other less significant factors at work too.

I don't think the medical community are to blame in my case. I'm willing to be addicted to feel good, but I just need some good monitoring checks in place (generally speaking I'm pretty vigilant with myself). If anything I worry about not being able to get my medications (some doctors in the past wouldn't give them to me).

Maybe if your husband was treated for his ADD, he wouldn't accidentally overdose on Xanax and Lortab. He very well could be quite desperate to feel normal or good. No one wants to die, sometimes we just can't bare the pain and don't know how to ask for help. Many people, who are in this much pain, are very willing to talk about it if someone will listen without judging.

I feel for you. Good luck





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