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Replied By: kellyapritchar on Jul 10, 2015, 11:12AM - In reply to dawnmaries88
 Hi I am so sorry to hear you are going through pain over your families, addiction to prescription pills and to Meth. I don't know what happened to this country to make everyone go nuts. Unless your whole family is chronically ill with the same degenertive disease the whole scene seems so wrong. Especially for the children.  What happens if the children gets ahold of those pills? Then you will be looking at 3 or 4 generations of this addiction.


I am ill and so I have to take medication. It has worked out for my siblings because they are all drunks instead (rolling my eyes here ) and I suppose because I am the one with the ANkylosing Spondylitis, a very painful disease, and they can manage their pain with booze, I am the bad penny here. I have never had a family member

1. visit me in the hospital after any one of my 14 surgeries

2. send me a card of get well soon or flowers after a surgery

3. call to check on me, in fact they all changed their phone numbers except my Ma and I worry they will change her phone number as well and I will lose contact with her too. 


4. Speaking of Mom, I wanted her to move here to a senior complex with about 300 people and 2 blocks from the beach she loves so much. My siblings response to this was to place her in a very small assisted living place (She doesn't need assisted living she still drives) but they took her car too and didn't even pay her for it. They just stole it.  I have tried to talk to mom about getting a cab and taking it to the train station and get on the train which is a straight shot here and come here to go through an interview at the complex here. I have gotten her to fill out an application, on her own, and mail it to the complex's manager saying she wants to move here. I have had her write what will be her social worker here if she makes it, saying she wants to be here and to please help her. She is terrified of my sister who always carries a concealed gun, 24/7 and is afraid the sister will hurt her or me. This same stealing sibling has taken her mobile home, her car, her husband's wedding ring and give it to my brother without even asking my mom how she felt about it., money Dad had collected to be split by all of his children, and hasn't even told me my mother is in a complex 100s of miles away from anyone she knows. She had to go get a paper to tell me where she was! This seems so wrong on so many levels. How can someone steal your mom, yet won't rescue your children out of a drug house. And if someone is turning pills into Meth there , the place could blow up. I would go higher up the Child protective services in your state. Perhaps the social worker in their case is also a drug addict or a friend or something becasue those children shouldn't have to live like that and YOU shouldn't have to worry daily about the children and your family like I have to worry about mine.


If your anything like me, you probably feel guilty that you cant get the kids or your parents out of there and back into a drug free, or as free as can be if they have chronic pain.  My mother sits in a tiny room in a place on the side of a mountain where one still can't get there from here with about 20 other abandoned seniors by their families. The costs are 1/2 of her income, so what the heck are my sibblings doing with all her extra cash? They are not sending it to me, the poorest kid in the family due to disease. I don't want my mother's money though I want my Mommy!!!! I have told the sibs keep her cash, just let her come be here so she and I aren't alone. They don't even bother to reply. I built my ma a facebook page and she got so much love from all her family! I am sure they would be shocked if they knew what my siblings did to her. I mean her Dad wrote silent movies and she grew up in Hollywood. To go from all that love and support to abandoned in some place I can't get too. 

Well I wish you the best with your mom, dad, sibs, and the little ones.. Keep me informed cause I care.


Kelly
 
Replied By: kellyapritchar on Jul 10, 2015, 10:42AM

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HEllo people going thrugh withdrawal. I'm doing OK still stuck on the last time I took myself of Norco, I haven't attempted to take myself off of any more yet. For some reason I can't afford a rehab and don't even know how I would feel about going to one, really. I always go through this withdrawal on my own. I did get a psychologist at my PT and my first appt. is next week so I can talk to him about how to find easier ways to withdraw from these drugs. The surgery was in February so really 6 months later I shouldn't be taking the extra pain medication, except it isn't extra, it is what the DR. prescribed and what he wants me to take.
I wonder how many other people are out there with painful chronic diseases who wish desperately for a normal life off the medication and out of the pain. I still am having pain from the exercise, but I do get to go swimming at the rehab whenever I want too. It's 4 busses so honestly I rarely go unless I have to be there for PT anyway. I may go swimming today if I can get some pool time I need to find their number and call them to see if I can make a pool apt but then again I feel pretty sick still, I have felt like the flu for the last 3 days which I know is probably really the withdrawal from the pain medication, even though I haven't dropped down any lower in a month or so. Well, that is all for me today. I wish everyone well who is going though this.
 
Replied By: dawnmaries88 on Jul 7, 2015, 4:29PM
Everytime I see an addiction show it makes me do sad!

Drugs have taken over our loved ones lives and I feel helpless and can't help them. I personally have three sisters and my dad that is addicted to pills and one of my sisters have moved on to Meth.


My dad and two sisters live in one house with my mom (My Mom is not on them as bad well as far as I know) and my dad and two sisters argue about pills all the time. They continue to go through revolving withdraws due to them stealing each others pills leaving one of them without. My family is so disfunctional it makes me sick to my stomache that there is just nothing I can do to help them. I have tried to talk to them about going to a rehab  but they continue to go down this spiral death trap. My other sister, the one that doesn't live with my parents is the worst , she's on Meth, shooting up who knows what now! She has been hospitalized several times, has MRSA and infections. She lives house to house and noone really knows where she is on the average day. She don't want to get help as I have tried calling around and getting her to go to a drug rehab but she just tells me what I want to hear and then doesn't call me back and goes missing for days. I heard if they don't want help it's really hopeless.


My other two sisters in their 30's still live with my parents with their children and that's just another dysfunction on its own. Where daily yelling and arguing and fighting goes on all the time. They all go through stealing of each others pills and it's just a horrible situation. They are all in denial and it's so hard to watch and listen too. The odd thing is DSS has been there several times knowing what goes on and nothing changes..


I watch this show and see how these people really want the help and that is awesome! I just wish there was true hope for my family. 
 
Replied By: kellyapritchar on Jun 30, 2015, 12:27PM - In reply to kellyapritchar

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It is Tuesday PT day, not in the pool yet. I have to buy a new swimming suit, my old one is about 12 years old and has it's own special issues in the departments of elastic holding up the parts which need to be held up, and the top of the suit not allowing my own personal floatation devices float on out of the top of the thing.. Sh that should be a fun search. I can't get a tee shirt off soaking wet, and I don't want to drip dry home on the bus so anyway today is all about pulling and stretching my shoulder to see if it will behave and let me move my arm up or down my back, now that I have worked hard to make it even be able to touch my back. I noticed when I was recording my addiction messages with run on sentences, and subject adversion, it wasn't probably my best. I was attempting to explain that just because I am consentrating on getting off of acediminion (Tylonal) for the sake of my liver for the rest of my life, I wasn't really thinking about the 20 mgs of the opiod which is also in that pill and which I am also withdrawing from. Last time I had to do this (My last shoulder surgery) I got off the morphine by totally cutting bak the codiene 4's until the amount equaled the amount of morphine I was taking which was a very small amount, a maintenance , and viola! I was off the morphine! Since I want to be off of the tylonal the most, I am doing it backwards and the harder way to do it. I need to get my doctor to sign a consent form from Cottage Rehab Hospital ( A physical therapy rehab, not a drug rehab) to be able to talk to a psychologist to help me with the withdrawal issues and the thought I may have early alzhiemers since my Dad just died from it, and my mom seems pretty forgetful, at age 93. So anyway that is how it is going here. I haven't back slid, nor have I cut back more. My eyes are giving me trouble, but that could be the diabetes or Iritis, an eye inflammation which comes with the AS So all you closet quitters I am supportive of you.and your desire to get off the opiods or tobacco or what ever your addicted too. If we could just use our addictions to the betterment of ourselves, like being addicted to exercise or somethin like that.
 
Replied By: kellyapritchar on Jun 28, 2015, 12:12PM

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Good Morning. I started a Vieo recording of how I am doing today with my addictions and my withdrawals or pain medication. I am starting to think about what I can cut back on next, however by the way my body is acting and the research I did on the 3 forms of morphine I am taking, I have to figure it out. I think it would be good to cut out the 12 hour 20 mg of Morphine I take at night, since I am asleep any way, or I can cut off 1/4th of one of my short acting breakthrough pain 30 mgs of short acting and see how that goes. As I cut back more on the pain medications the harder it is and the more time it is taking to get to the point of no more withdrawal symptoms. Good thing I don't have many friends, I would have ran them all off by now.. Oh I have a few good friends who are sticking with me on this, people I can count oh having them sit with me after a surgery because I react badly to the wearing off of the anistetic, or to go get me something to eat if I so need food and can't get up or out to get it myself. Today is Sunday so I wll go over across the street to the Old Bank of America building which is now a lecture hall, and on Sunday Mornings has a Free Methodist Church. I don't go to the church because I am having trouble with the old invisible friend concept, but they bring coffee and Starbucks about this hour and so I can get a treat and a coffee, say good morning to the congreation and then after, go back and have some chicken, beef, or vegie lunch of Chipote Tacos. It is tough going to the meals because my town bullies like to show up and bully the old people who are not a strong and that would be me. I just ignore them and avoid them. I have a couple of friends who show up and I eat with them. Lucy my dog loves the Chicken so I hope they have the chicken this week. Anyway my last bit of advice today is if your getting off of drugs by cutting back very slowly, and you hit a bump, just relax, and don't cut back any more until you hit no more bumos and you are feeling good again. Chow for Now
 
Replied By: kellyapritchar on Jun 25, 2015, 8:56PM - In reply to kellyapritchar

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I'm just posting twice today because I wanted to mention how I feel terrible from this withdrawing. One day, like yesterday, it wasn't bad and I was accually thinking about what and how to cut back on next, the long lasting 12 hour morphine of 20 mg, or 40 mg per 24 hours or the short acting morphine for the pain which is a 30 mg tablet. I can only sucessfully cut back 10% of each amount or I will have much worse withdrawa symptoms than nausea, headace, shakes, cramps, etc. I was surprised that I had to spend most of today in bed because I have had several sucessful days up and going on the bus to P.T. or to Doctor's offices or to a community meal or two per week.
I made the girl at the pool at the hospital feel bad because she asked me for the old "In case of emergancy" question which I didn't have an answer too for a long time, until a social worker told me I could use his name as he works with the down trodden. He is a social worker and a cop and manages an apartment building for the homeless, which got about 32 of them off the street. It is a mess tho because if one of them can get another one of them kicked out then maybe their friend can move on up the list and get indoors. You can drink in there a little but will lose your place if caught smoking, whether it be crack or cigarette. One detectable puff and your out!. Fortunately I do not live in that building, I have had HUD housing since I was about 30. so for about 35 years and I do have a nice apt. next to UCSB and the ocean so I'm a happy camper. THis last time what happened to put me in so much pain and cause the last surgery was a calciem deposit which formed on my shoulder, and then it reabsorbed back into my body. Oh!!! That is one of the most if not the most painful thing I have ever gone through in my life. It took almost a year for my body to reabsorbe it. and my Doctors wouldn't up my pain medicine until I had an MRI to show I had a problem requiring surgery in my shoulder. This is my second one. Then, I fell down 3 days later and tore a tendon in my arm, a 40% tear, and broke two bones in my foot at the same time I tripped.
So getting off morphine isn't fun. I have been on it for a year now this time in the high dosages given while my shoulder did it's thing.
 
Replied By: kellyapritchar on Jun 25, 2015, 11:18AM - In reply to kellyapritchar

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Some days withdrawing from drugs can go from being an annoyance to being like having a bad flu. Today it is like a bad flu. I am on my 7th day of withdrawal from Hydrocodone w/ tylonal. The main withdrawal in that combo is the tylonal because I have taken it every day for the last 40 years. The Hydrocodone is a lot like codiene or vicoden and turns into morphine in your system so it is also like stepping down 20mg per week of the hydrocodone and the tylonel. I cannot spell tylonal correctly.
Anyway in case the sound isn't working right again, I would like to say I feel like throwing up, my body hurts, and I woke up in the night several times. I am in pain. So I added a pill for nausea hoping that will go away and perhaps as I move around a bit my body will feel better. Yesterday swimming was good but it is hard to swim without a suit. A tank top didn't work out well so I had to put on the other tee I bought with me that was a heavy tee but I didn't have pain during the PT. Tomarrow will be back on the mat for joint manulipulation which is always painful. Oh the joy of being ill.
 
Replied By: kellyapritchar on Jun 24, 2015, 2:51PM - In reply to lena1966
I started an answer and then it went to another place so while I was getting back here, the thought came to me that the best thing you can do is love your daughter and help her to get money and psycholocial help to give up the drugs. No one wants to be a drug addict, whether you are ill and need the medication or someone got ya hooked to forget your problems for awhile. 

So Safety first. Go to Robin's World and click on her When Georgia Smiled website and download the aspire button to summon help and gather evidance. Get her into a safe house for abused women if you can't get her into a rehab right away. I am so sorry you and your daughter are going through this. And

About what people are saying, don't bother to respond just take moves to let your daughter know she has options to get out and disappear and if for safety's sake it is better to have someone elst tell her, like a social worker or a pastor, she can go for a new life and so can you. Be safe.
 
Replied By: lena1966 on Jun 23, 2015, 3:58PM

Hello everyone, I am really flipping out over here and need some advise because I am or at least I think I am reacting irrational. 18 years ago I married a police officer, he had two children and I had 3, two daughters age 7 and 3 and a son age 1, well we didn't last long cause he turned out to be a crooked cop, was stealing from a handicap playground fund that he started up through the police department, police department found out and fired him and he was a pervert, at least that's what I call it, I found a video of him having sex with a prostitute on his ex wife's bed from when he was married before me, ok anyways we divorced after a year, and here it is 18 years later and my oldest daughter is a very bad heroin addict, she is living dangerously trying to make money for that next fix, well she had a warrant out for her arrest for a probation violation and me and my youngest daughter turned her in to get her off the streets so she doesn't die from that next fix, she leaves me her phone so I can make phone calls for her and talk to her husband who was in jail at the time, well I know its wrong but I snooped through her phone, I just had to find out about her life and just how bad her addiction was, I read all her text messages and face book messages and I can't believe my eyes, I find messages from her and my ex husband who she use to call Dad, he has been paying her for sex since before February 2015, there last encounter was May 29, 2015, in these messages there was everything, addresses of where they were going to have sex, him telling her how much he enjoyed himself with her and going into great detail about there encounters, the prices, his bank accounts with his wife, his out of town trips, I mean there was everything, not to mention all that money that was used for my daughters next heroin fix that could have been the death of her, well I flipped out, its 3am, I call his new wife and let her know, I'm not thinking clearly, I'm irrational and unstable at this point and crying uncontrollably, and I still want to do more, his picture is all over the internet and in newspapers which you can read all over the internet and on his twitter account he has under his picture "Living the dream and loving every minute of it" I told his wife she needs to see these messages for herself, she agrees and tells me its a little hard to process that late and she'd call me later, she doesn't and I check his face book page, he posts to all his friends "If any of you get a message from T***** N**** please ignore and don't read, she is my ex wife and posting false accusations" and of course everyone is oh poor Larry bla bla bla we won't believe her we know what a good person you are bla bla bla and of course now I'm made out to be the lying crazy ex wife. My question, am I over reacting, did I do the right or wrong thing, what should I do, what would you do?




















 
Replied By: kellyapritchar on Jun 23, 2015, 11:25AM - In reply to nonstick48
One good/bad thing about Meth.... An addicted Meth Head will find their face gives them away. First it breaks out. Then your teeth turn black and rot and then they start to fall out. You get skinny and you smell terrible from not eating. It is a horrid drug. Plus Meth Heads tend to steal unless they are in show biz or have tons of money because a lifetime addiction costs. So mostly they turn to prostitution because in movies or TV you really need your face.

I never watched "Breaking Bad" about a high school teacher who made meth on the side, but I'm kinda sorry they made a very popular tv series about Meth. It is so terrible. I had a little kid I fostered because his mom drank and then her husband killed her with a shotgul while she slept when the little boy was about 7. My Brother wrote me to tell me the boy died and was buried next to his mom. He didn't say what he died from but I looked up his many jailhouse photos and it was clear to see what he died from, or shall I say, what he lived for, in his short life. Meth is a hard way to go. I support anyone trying to withdrawal from Meth, and I guess the best advice I can give is go look in the mirror every day, Take a good look because that is what people see when they look at you and your too pretty to be broken out with broken black teeth. You can give it up! I know people who have overcome this terrible face changing drug.
 
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