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Re: add, & addiction

Posted by MelindaJ on July 20, 1999, at 14:29:58

In reply to Re: add, & addiction, posted by anna on July 17, 1999, at 21:58:02

Thanks for responding, I really appreciate your input.

What I need to clarify, is that I'm referring to my EX-husband. I was an extremely supportive (to the point of enabling) wife but it seems his addictions have gotten out of control since we separated. I attained access to his medical records because he took me to court to modify our divorce decree. In his petition, he claimed to be medically disabled and asked to have his child support reduced to zero. He also petitioned for additional visitation with our daughter. Now, in his younger years, he used to smoke marijuana as a way to manage his anxiety and impulsive behavior. Since employer random drug testing became prevalent (and especially because he worked as a nurse). He turned to prescription drugs. From reading his records, he was allowed to self-medicate to a large extent. He'd call up a doctor, ask for a script and rotate pharmacies. Because he was being treated by multiple doctors, he played the system quite handily. In his case, the medical community allowed this manipulation and did contribute to the problem. When he overdosed in March it was with a stockpile of drugs which ranged from anti-hypertensives, benzodiazapines, stimulants and narcotics. None of this came out at our modification hearing. I had an incompetent atty. who didn't request the medical records prior to our court date. The records also listed occasions when his former girl friend called asking for advice because he was "stumbling into things and incoherent." There were also notations of large bruising and other evidence of serious falls. Obviously, if his doctors didn't catch on that maybe he had a "problem," they definately contributed to it. My concern now is that he get some kind of help. I understand that he's in pain. But, he also has a duty to treat he health with awareness and act with responsibility. Since the judge graciously granted him the additional visitation, I now have the hell of worrying about my daughter when she's in his care.




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