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I struggle with my husband's adicition.  Apparently for the past 6 years or more, for all I know, my husband has been addicted to opiates, vicodin, percicet, Oxycontin, and god knows what else.  I don't even trust him enough to tell me what all, I have to hear it from neighbors and friends.  I finally had enough of the mood swings, the irash behavior, the verbal abuse the physical changes in him drastic weight loss among other things and threatened to leave if he didn't come clean.  Well, he did and I feel like a total idiot that he has been able to hide this from me for so long.  Either I'm more naive than I thought or he's just a Oscar winning actor.  We have a three year old daughter and I need to put her first.  I forced him to go see our family doctor, well his doctor, who consequently prescribed him vicadin in the past.  I'm not really sure what he told this guy (oscar winning performance I'm sure) and he walked out of there with a prescription for vicadin.  Now I don't claim to be genius, obviously if this has been going on under my nose so long, but I can't for the life of me figure out how this is the way to help him.  He is addicted to opiates, how is vicadin going to cure his cravings for the drug of his choice.  I feel this is like giving him aspirin.  He claims this will help with the "dope" sickness and reducing the dose month by month with eventually help him kick this habit.  I'm desperate here, can someone tell me if this is true of just another quack doctor enabling an addict??? Please help.

mysterytome mysterytome 31-35, F 2 Responses Sep 16, 2009

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Hi, I know it has been a while since you posted this so I hope things have improved for you.

I have been in recovery for a few years now, and am currently in college to become an addiction counselor. In my opinion, your husband will not have the will power to beat this alone, and using Vicodin to taper off stronger opiates is usually a lost cause if the person is in fact addicted. If you get this and want some honest suggestions from someone who has been there, let me know.

You are right, your daughter needs you and your husband needs treatment.

Hi, I know it has been a while since you posted this so I hope things have improved for you.

I have been in recovery for a few years now, and am currently in college to become an addiction counselor. In my opinion, your husband will not have the will power to beat this alone, and using Vicodin to taper off stronger opiates is usually a lost cause if the person is in fact addicted. If you get this and want some honest suggestions from someone who has been there, let me know.

You are right, your daughter needs you and your husband needs treatment.