Pain killer addiction.
It all started almost 20 years ago, when I had to wear glasses I guess. I often had headaches, so I frequently took painkillers. The headaches weren't severe, but I got used to the painkillers. Actually there's nothing wrong with my head, because I already took a medical test.
I got addicted to this certain brand in my contry, Indonesia (Bodrex). It's sold everywhere without a doctor's prescriptions. It's not strong, but eventually I got addicted to it, and now I'm taking it every day, sometimes twice a day, each 2 tablets.
I tried to stop consuming it for a day or two, but I couldn't stand the headache and the nausea I felt.
Is there any way I could stop using the pain killers without experiencing those symptoms? I'm desperate to STOP, but I guess my will is weak. is there any herb or food that could help me. Should I take any diet, or gradually decrease using those painkillers? I kept this addiction a secret from my famly. What should I do.. ?
I'm here for you, and so is everyone else at EmpowHER. You can do it!! It won't be easy, but it will be worth it.September 16, 2010 - 11:37am
Thank you so much Christine. I'll look through all the information you mentioned.I've never opened to anyone about my addiction. My mom is a medical doctor (retired for a long time, and becoming a housewife since we moved to Indonesia from Czech Republic) and she knows that I often take these pill,s but has no idea that I"m taking it every day. Because sometimes when I'm at my mom's house and run out of them, I take from my mom's medicine cabinet.
OK, I'm gonna look up the information now.. I'll let you know later how I decide to deal with the addiction. It's been nice having someone to share this matter with, because I've been keeping it to myself for so long. :)
I found this resource on EmpowHER, check it out:
There are 36 videos from this doctor on the website. Look at some of them to help give you more information about quitting, and how to advocate for yourself. There is one in particular about "What do you tell women with addiction who are scared to seek help?" that may interest you. They are good to view together--the more you educate yourself about how to quit, the stronger you can be in fighting your addiction disease.
I am a child of an alcoholic. I know what it is like to live with an addicted person. I bet people around you know more than you think they do--they may just be turning their heads to it. If you are ready, go to someone you trust and seek help.
The journey of a thousand steps starts with one--keep moving forward, and before you know it, you'll be able to talk about all of this in the past tense and feel a sense of accomplishment. Don't beat yourself up, beat up that addiction it is the enemy, not you. You can get through this. Reaching out is a key element, and a sure sign of your strength. Keep coming back here...and keep at this fight. I'm keeping my eyes open for more resources for you. Have you looked up any of the resources on the Resource sheet thread on this Group? Check that out too!
Thank you Christine for your support..I know I never been a strong willed person, but I'm working on it. Recently I started to meditate and practicing affirmations.. I do believe that Law Of Attraction really works, I just got to get the hang of it.
Sometimes when I"m run out of these pills, I worry about the headaches coming even if I'm still feeling well.
I'm really concerned about my liver and kidneys, considering I've been taking these pills for years every day.
I'm looking forward for any tips or advice that could help me quit. :)
Thank you for being so brave and sharing your story. Do you have a doctor you can talk with about this? Have you tried tapering down from 4 a day to just 2 a day for a bit, and then just one a day for a bit, then stopping? I'm not a doctor, so I'll try and find more information for you also.
You are stronger that you think. You can get through this. We are here to support and inspire you.
Good luck, and keep trying to quit.
Lianka,October 11, 2010 - 1:00pm
I haven't heard from you in a while...how are you doing? Please come back and give an update on your condition and your fight against addiction. Have you told anyone about your struggles yet?
Looking forward to hearing from you soon~