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Re: Drug Seekers Unite? Anonymous? femlite

Posted by Aurora on November 1, 2003, at 21:49:43

In reply to Drug Seekers Unite? Anonymous? Chuckie, posted by femlite on October 31, 2003, at 11:33:49

> I thought Id hop in here as one who started seeking treatment for depression also as a result of expereiencing depression free days under pain managment treatment.
>
> I have finally and acutally been called a "DRUG SEEKER" by my last pdoc (over the phone).
> What exactly is a drug seeker?
>
> When someone is in pain, be it mental, or physical, how has it become stigmatized to seek relief. I have never abused (taken more than prescribed) any medication Ive been given.
>
> Feeling abused and looking for feed back :{

Hi, Femlite

Physicians and health professionals are taught to be aware of patients who request addictive medications for symptoms which they show no clear evidence and for doses beyond which is normally therapeutic. "Drug seeking" is common behavior of addicts. That is why addicts also approach multiple physicians to secure multiple prescriptions of the same medication. Pharmacists, too, are aware of and see this behavior, and will often alert the physicians, who will then discontinue the Rx's or make sure only one of them is Rxing.

Your case sounds like an over-generalizing physician who does not really know you. One thought is to find out who is an addiction specialist in your community--they may actually be more inclined to Rx for you, because they will see you are not an addict. -- Hang in there....


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