Post Edited (PAlady) : 6/15/2008 2:30:14 PM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (PAlady) : 6/15/2008 4:22:19 PM (GMT-6)
Welcome to the forum April and like PAlady said it looks as if your doing all the right things at this point and sounds as though you have some really great Docs in your corner. Far too many times after being labled an addict CPers are just up that proverbial creek and no one wants to take on the pain issues at all. YOu have the right things going on it seems.
As for clean and sober and if you are there and can stay there all depends on your pain issues and how much they affect your way of life. I have some really strong opinions here about this and certainly dont want to deflate or burst your bubble as I dont have enough personal info to even begin to do that.
I guess what I am trying get at here is who and how did you arrive at the conclusion that you were an addict? I gather from your history you got there by way of legal prescribing for your pain? It matters if you were being treated legit for your pain issues and then some Doc comes along and says Whoa! Your an addict for you take far too much pain meds! See this is where I have issues as far too many tims we are labeled as such and in fact we are simply trying to have some semblence of a decent life.I am just trying to figure out if you really had addiciton issues or someone thinks you have and more importantly do you think you had them.
Anyway I am not going out on a limb here until which time you chose to share more info concerning how you got here to this point.
I do want to say that the addict.Doc is one of your best bets for getting treatment although SubX doesnt have the pain controlling potential that methadone has. I have not seen any CPers on SubX for pain treatment and it has far more blocking mechanisms then methadone does and remember that if you have to undergo any kind of surgical procedure that is going to require PM after or during surgery. The Sub would have to be tapered off of prior to the procedure altogether to utilize any other narcotic and I have seen them do this via the ER with Narcan during a emergency situation and that by far is very unpleasant.
From what I gather you already know that you cannot forgo the pain with out some form of treatment correct? So long term you are going to have to not be disappointed in what others or even yourself are going to deem a relapse if you will. If your pain issues are as you say and you are goiing to require treatment with opiates then you will have to come to terms with that and not beat yourself up everytime you require meds for that.
Again I dont want to say too much here on this until I know more about how you came to veiw yourself as an addict at all but would be more then glad to chat with you if you dont want to put it all out here you can use my email addy thru this site as I believe it should be for public use.
Good luck to you and welcome as this is such a great place with some really caring folks.
Post Edited (PAlady) : 6/16/2008 10:38:21 AM (GMT-6)