Posted 5/25/2008 2:27 PM (GMT -7)
And welcome to the forum! I'm so sorry your brother is in such pain. It breaks my heart. One thing please understand...he is NOT addicted to the percs....but his body is dependent on them. Huge difference. Addiction means you are abusing the drugs and they are harming you, you steal them, you take way more than prescribed and will do anything to get more. I don't see that your brother is doing this from what you have said.
But, his body is totally dependent on them and yes, he will suffer withdrawal if he stops cold turkey. Plus it's very dangerous on him to quit without a doctor's help. Literally he could die going cold turkey. There are drugs, like Suboxone, that they can give him to avoid the withdrawal symptoms while lowering the dosage. It's not hopeless, you just need information and to get your doctor involved.
Please keep us posted and let us know how your brother is doing. Invite him to join us if he's able.