I've posted here in the past, and wanted to reread what your responses were, but I'm not able to find my original posts, so I'll begin again. I'm sure you will remember my original posts.
The subject I posted about was my husband and his history with opiates, specifically oxycontin, fentanyl patches, oxycodone and methadone.
To refresh memories his history began 5 years ago when his doctor prescribed oxycontin for chronic pain. He abused the oxycontin by crushing/snorting. He then switched to fentanyl patches, which he froze and ate. Long story short..he detoxed twice, was clean for approximately 1 year, then decided to go back on opiates. He was then prescribed oxycodone 3-15 mg. tabs daily, and methadone 3-15 mg. tabs daily for chronic pain. He does not take his medications as prescribed, but instead takes 6-15 mg. tabs of oxycodone and no methadone for the first two weeks of each month. When the oxycodone is gone, he then takes the methadone to keep from getting drug sick. He tells me he has half his script of methadone left at the end of each month, but when I ask to see it, he won't show it to me. In the past, I know he has traded some of his methadone for oxycontin with someone he knows. He tells me he has only done this several times. I have no way of knowing if this is true or not. He also sometimes crushes and snorts his oxycodone. He sees nothing wrong with doing this.
He stays up all night, hardly EVER sleeps, eats sweets constantly, and every time I look at him, whether it's at night, or first thing in the morning, his eyes are slits and he falls asleep in the middle of his sentences, or while changing the channel on the t.v. set. HE TELLS ME THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE ON PAIN MEDS DO WHEN THEY TAKE PAIN MEDS AND ARE TIRED. I go down to check on him during the night, and can find him almost face down on the coffee table. I watch him nodding. If he lifts his arm, I'm able to watch his arm very slowly fall, as he falls asleep again. I'd like to know if this is the way it is for all of you who take pain meds. I know it's sometimes like this when the meds are first started, but he's been on the meds for years.
Can you all please share with me what you act like when you take pain meds?
He tells me he can't work without the oxycodone, but the fact of the matter is that he works the last two weeks of each month without the oxycodone.
He had told me at one point that he would stop snorting, after I told him I would divorce him if he continued to do that. He continued snorting.
I realize I am rambling, but he's starting to make me feel like I am crazy again, and that what he's doing with his meds is what everyone who takes pain meds does.
He tells me he doesn't like to take the methadone for pain, so he doubles up on the oxycodone and has pain relief for the first two weeks of each month, and then uses the methadone only to keep from getting drug sick. I think the reason his doctor gave him oxycodone and methadone is because my husband had told him he had a problem with opiates in the past. His doctor told him that he will never increase the amount of oxycodone that he prescribes.
Please be so kind as to give me your opinions, once again, as to whether he is taking his pain meds for chronic pain, taking them to get high, or both.
Thank you all so much.