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Painkiller Addiction
January 14, 2011
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Francine
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I'm certain that my mother is addicted to the painkiller Solpedeine - she uses the soluble version and takes two tablets at least 4 times most days. If i ask her does she feel ill and when I suggested she see a doctor if she has apin so frequently she gets very defensive. I'm not sure what to do.

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January 14, 2011
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I have learned from my own experiences that if someone has an addiction there is nothing you can do to change them. If she is getting irritated when you ask her about the situation then she is going on the defensive and won't admit if there is a problem anyway. I had to go to Al-Anon meetings to get past where I felt responsible for the situation.

January 14, 2011
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One of the hardest things with prescription drugs is that they’re legal, so it’s easy for those abusing them to get defensive. Rhyannon is right though, it still needs to be looked at like any other addiction.

January 14, 2011
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The others are right in that it has to be her decision.  However, that doesn't mean that you have to sit there and do nothing.  Try having a couple of serious discussions designed to get her thinking or considering her situation and letting her know she has support.  Then get help for yourself as a family member of an addicted person.

January 15, 2011
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Thanks for the advice - the most important of which concerns me. I do need some help to cope with this. Trying to talk with her just seems to push us apart - maybe I don't know the proper language to use in such a situation.  I have been researching Codeine-based painkillers and there are contra-indictations for people with Asthma (which she has) - so maybe I can talk to her about that and see how she feels about trying a non-codeine based painkiller.

Francine

January 15, 2011
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My mom have undergone a surgery when I was little. She told me when I was in college already that she became addicted with the pain relievers that the doctors prescribed to her. It would calm her down whenever she took them. She only overcame the addiction after some therapy and alternative treatments to her pain like physical therapy.

January 15, 2011
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You might be helped by checking out Nar-Anon which provides support to anyone with a relative or loved one who has drug addiction issues.  Please locate a local meeting near you by googling their website.

 

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January 16, 2011
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Hi dtypist - I'm glad that your mother overcame her addiction to painkillers.  I know my mum needs therapy - but what I'm learning is that she needs to come to that knowledge herself.

StronginHim77 - I'll go and visit Nar-Anon, thank you for sharing that information.

Francine

January 19, 2011
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My Aunt is the same way, we believe that she is addicted to painkillers. I can't remember the name of it, though. She was getting upset saying that her doctors won't prescribe her the drugs anymore and that they are treating her like an addict.

January 27, 2011
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From a chronic pain sufferer's opinion I can tell you now it is easy to get addicted to pain meds and it generally starts with thinking I am still hurting I took my meds a hour or two ago and maybe if I take one more it will stop the pain. I have had to fight this really hard. My doctor has me on Loratab and Soma and if you know anything about these meds you know they are addictive. I have to tell myself daily that I am going to hurt some but atleast it isn't as bad as it could be.

April 9, 2012
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An addiction in most cases starts when a human being is in some sort of pain.  The pain can be either physical or emotional or both.  When people are prescribed pain medicine by physicians it is usually for after operations or in the case of a severe trauma (physical injury) etc.  The medicine goes directly to the painful area such as the abdomen in surgery and the patient is slowly weaned off the pain killer by a qualified Nurse or Doctor.  When people take over the counter pain killers or narcotics that are not prescribed to them because they feel pain but really their pain is minimal and can be controlled in many other homeopathic ways, they will often become addicted to such substances.  Reason being, they are self medicating and generally the pain they are trying to absolve is the pain they feel about some emotional issue that they are not willing to confront.  The "pain killer" takes off the edge or pressure of their life "pain".  Their bodies become accustomed to the narcotic and it becomes very difficult for them to stop.  In fact they generally require more and more pain medicine to just feel normal.  Once their entire day is consumed with trying to obtain more and more pain medicine, that is when you can be certain that they are now totally addicted and require real treatment to overcome withdrawal and attempt to wean off.  This is not something that the average person can do on their own.  Being addicted to any substance or thing is just a symptom of a much greater problem which is usually a life coping problem.  No one just decides one day to become a gambler, junkie, alcoholic etc.    Often these are good people who do not see another way to cope or perhaps their bodies just got used to taking a drug of some sort.

May 31, 2012
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I'm sorry to hear about your mother. Many people will deny any abuse of drugs (or alcohol), based on the fact that they know it is wrong but don't want to admit it usually for several reasons: 1.) They are embarrassed 2.) They don't know how to tell their family and friends 3.) They don't have a solution/what to do to cure it 4.) They don't have the stamina to quit or don't want to 5.) Other reasons

Nonetheless, people with drug addictions get into a habit (as you said 4 pills). The only way to disrupt that is address it straight on with an intervention. This is considered the most powerful way because it brings together people who are affected by the abuser. It is considered the most successful. I would try that, as it may be the spark your mother needs to change. After that, it is important to help set a plan for her recovery, which usually includes enrolling in an womens treatment center or substance abuse program to help in the process. Simply talking with them probably won't be enough. Nonetheless, if you really care for this person having arguments and confrontations won't be enough. 

October 6, 2012
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You should take her to consult to doctor for proper advice and get her convinced for not using these.

November 9, 2012
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Painkellers are the worst killers. I was prescribed Vicodin by my doc but that ******** person dint say me it was addictive and I had to suffer hard and move in to the rehab to get me back to the main stream. I suggest all these f*****g addictive medicines shud me banned for once and for all so dat people in here dont suffer... I have seen people mentioning above that the painkillers had turned out to be a drug to them... So.... Better Bear Pain... Dont go for painkllers...Cool

April 22, 2013
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Painkiller addiction happens easier than you think. It could start out as a drug to take away pain after surgery, but develops into an addiction.So when you stop taking the pain-killer, your body will still have a strong craving for it. This is what makes it so hard to quit. Symptoms of withdrawal can include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting.  Better to avoid getting hooked in the first place.

May 18, 2013
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Rhyannon said:

I have learned from my own experiences that if someone has an addiction there is nothing you can do to change them. If she is getting irritated when you ask her about the situation then she is going on the defensive and won't admit if there is a problem anyway. I had to go to Al-Anon meetings to get past where I felt responsible for the situation.


solpadeine has codiene as ingredient that is responsible for addiction and it is also quick. just three day of continous intake of this madicine make you addicted for solpadeine. Therefore its better to avoid such tough medication.

May 22, 2013
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Can you tell me what language your post is in so that I may translate it?

Thank you

 

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May 22, 2013
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Rinceross,

I think you were writing in Polish & I did my best to translate, but I seriously do not understand what you are saying.  Sorry.

 

One Day

August 20, 2013
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I know it is very difficult to get someone away from something they are addicted too, but do keep trying.She will certainly listen to you as she is your mother.Do try and talk to her about the pros and cons of taking the painkillers so frequently.Initally she will get irritated or may even resist,but please do have patience with her and if possible ,talk her into visiting a doctor or entering into a rehab center.

August 20, 2013
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When we refer to painkiller addiction we are almost always talking about
a class of drugs known as opiate analgesics. Derived from the active
ingredient in the opium
poppy, opiate analgesics have long been the most effective drugs the
world uses to stop pain. When used as directed, they work wonderfully
well for most of us but are also easily abused because of their euphoric
side effects.

September 10, 2013
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Nobody takes Solpadeine with the intention of becoming controlled by it on purpose.But then it does happen. The fact that these painkillers work well with little effort makes them the first choice for pain management for many people. Rather than exploring other ways of managing pain, which take effort and may not eliminate pain to the same extent as the painkillers, people reach for the pill bottle each time pain relief is required. The ease of use and effectiveness it brings may lead some to reach for the drugs more often than is safe or necessary. This might have been the case with your mom too.I feel it would be better if you consulted a doctor to see if she can do away with this habbit.

September 16, 2013
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Hello Francine,I hope you took your mom to the doctor so that he is able to help her find a solution to her addiction to Solpadine.She does need help and quick,as she is not growing younger by the day but her addiction is going to get worse by the day.She is also losing on time she should be spending with you too need your mom,to spend healthy time together and cherish some happy memories for life.

September 23, 2013
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I know it is a difficult situation to be in as it is your mom you are concerned about,and because she does not find anything wrong in doing it, is why she behaves in such a manner.You will have to really work hard to get her to the doctor or a drug rehab but once if you are able to persuade her to see her doctor then you might see some light at the end of the tunnel.Well, good luck.

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The brain has responded to the presence of the pain medicine by increasing the number of receptors for the drug, and the nerve cells in the brain cease to function normally.

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