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Replied By: crystal130 on Nov 20, 2014, 1:01AM - In reply to squeekarose
Thank you for the comment..... yes its been a journey but one im thankful for cause i wouldnt no how strong i am without it,. Yes yiur right most people cant get past the withdrawels to evrn start a program.... i used suboxon for 2 years to help get pass my withdrawals and now im off all of it pain killers, xanax and suboxon. ......im not saying i may or will never have a relaspe but if im having one of hose days i remind myself what the withdrawal process is and it makes me not want to use..., thank you again for you interest in my blog
 
Replied By: aintnofoolnomo on Nov 18, 2014, 12:04PM
When addiction came to visit my family, I fell apart.  I was frightened and ashamed that the disease tore our home and our relationships apart and I thought it was my job to "fix" the problem.  Trying to fix the disease of addiction is a 24/7 job and not one for mortals; that's why so many turn to a power greater than themselves, known as a "higher power."

When I became exhausted from the stress of trying to be someone else's Higher Power, I finally went in search of my own program and that's when I found Nar-Anon Family Groups (www.nar-anon.org) and started learning how to survive the collateral damage and my role in it.

Nar-Anon is for the friends and families of addicts and we learn how to work our own program of recovery; it has been a life saver for me.
 
Replied By: ckaysha1 on Nov 14, 2014, 4:56PM
This week I CELEBRATED my 19th year of sobriety....yes 19 years! You can do it too! 😃
 
Replied By: izzy72 on Nov 14, 2014, 3:45PM
4 years ago, I had 4 operations for cancer of the bowel.  I couldn't take morphine or codeine, so they gave me oxy.  I got hooked and couldn't live without  it.  I was taking two (5/325) every 4 hours and if I didn't get what my body wanted (day and night), I would go into a panic attack and couldn't breathe.  

Over the last 2 years I have been able to wean down to 4 or 5 every day.  I just kept decreasing slowly and it was very hard.  Now I am stuck and cannot get below this amount.  If I try to skip a pill, I throw up, diarrhea, sweating, can't breathe, headache.  It is scarey and terrible.  I am extremely depressed and have suicidal thoughts every once in a while.  

I am lucky in the fact that I am nearly 72, so if I can't get off, at least I haven't that long to live (probably).

It costs too much to go to a detox or somewhere they can help me.  I don't know what to do. :(



 
Replied By: squeekarose on Nov 12, 2014, 11:54AM - In reply to crystal130
Please let me just say that I work and see addicts everyday and yes their stories all have a kind of familiar sound but no 2 are the same. I noticed that a few blame the drug dealers and a few say stay away from anybody that has a problem but as we both know that would leave nobody. its funny how we sit here and listen to people and their ideas of " keeping ur head up" or " pray" and don't get me wrong if u find something that works rather it b religion or any other thing then so b it and use it !! Everybody needs a support system but usually the very people that are saying " oh u will get help if u hit rock bottom" or whatever have an addiction of their own. The only differance is that they don't admit it because they think their doctor is different and they don't have a problem. They will say it's digferent cause they don't beg,borrow, or steal to get their meds... Well that's cause they haven't had to get cut off from their scripts and forced to find their meds on the street. 90% of the people that are on any pain meds would go through withdrawals if they stopped taking them today and ask them to that? They wouldn't throw their pills away to save ur life lol lol I find it funny only because those are usually the 1st ones to have an opinion is all. Also, I'm using my iPhone so it has auto correct and I txt with my own shorthand so the spelling nazis can take a deep breath lol lol...now back to the addiction part! The failure rate IS very high and that's usually because most can't handle the side effects of the withdrawals even months down the road it can sneak up on ya and you will start being sick and ur brain starts telling u that u can feel better with just a quick fix!! Or something bad happens such as a death in the family and what's the 1st thing u wanna do? U wanna run and get as much dope as possible to numb the pain, right? Well, I commend u for staying clean and I wish u nothing but the very best on ur journey but if for some reason life gets hard ( cause remember u won't have 100 bucks a day anymore because ur not beg , borrowing, or stealing to get it so b prepared to b poor)! Plus ube gotta earn respect back and trust and that takes forever in drug land so idle time will b ur biggest problem because sitting around will make u want to go rip up the town so remember to stay busy doing anything that isn't hanging with ur old friends ok? Feel free to contact me if you wanna know different techniques to help u with cravings and different alternatives to just letting time pass!!! Lol lol thanks for letting me comment and I hope to hear from ya anytime day or night!!
 
Replied By: tinytr on Nov 9, 2014, 8:12PM - In reply to silvrfox2u
unfortantely thats another thing.. I cannot afford to see my counselor as much as I used to. I am hurting like crazy right now. The depression is to much and I haven't eaten for days and reached 80 lbs today.. I am just hoping for a miracle.. because I really think this life I live is too hard. I want to want to get out of bed.. ugh.. such a sad week.. I've slept most of the month away.
 
Replied By: crystal130 on Nov 8, 2014, 2:12PM
So one day i went to what i thought was normal check up and i walked out with 2 options... i could have cancer or a blood disorder called ITP which is 1 in a million different auto immune disorder (so no people i dont have aids there are 1000's of auto immune disorders).... so after see a dr that specializes in cancer and blood it turns out to be the blood disorder but the down full is i still went through chemo and was put on prednisone which made me blow up and i was working as an order builder at coca cola so it started to hurt...... nxt thing I no im getting major painkillers, perks, oxytocin,  morphine,  and lots of them.  I started using them for strick pain took them like i was suppose to took it by mouth not my nose so im good i wont get a habit using these....hahaha. WRONG!!!!! Within a year i was in my addiction. I started little by using all my work check, then stealing from mom 10$ here 20$ there then it got to taking 100$  all i knew was i need a pill before i started withdrawels.   I was still taking by mouth but people i was round was snorting them and i thought it was nasty and fidnt unferstand how that alone can be addicting..... so while im taking all these pills wasting money, messing up at work within a month spand hitting mt 2nd yr using i lost my job (making good good money) and then woke up thinking my 2011 no more then 4000mile brand new car was stolen. ..hahah YEAP WRONG AGAIN it was repo'ed and all the money i had or would get went stright to the dealer.....  so one day i desided im going to get help found a ride to the rehab sat there for 2hr dope sick for them to say srry we have a 6month waiting time so i looked at it as damn if rehab dont even wanna help me get clean must mean i was meant to be a pill hype... so after that about 2 months later i bump into a old friend and i was about to hit withdrawels soon and have nothing or no money so explain to her what was going on and she said oh i have 1 perk i can share with u meet me in the bathroom so when i got in there tto my surprise she had it vrushed in two lines and i told her i didnt snort so she askird if i didnt want it and i knew withdrawals where coming soon so i told my self this one time so she showed me how and after that night the only way i used was through my nose..... so i used about 1 more yr and everybody i got stuff from said they couldnt get pills but they coyld get herion and its cheaper after hear that for a few weeks i said im going to die if i dont get help now so i got brave and called them again and that monday i was checked into rehab.... the good part of this loxng sad story was im a little over 2 1/2yr clean even after the rehab stuff gave me a 90% chance of relaspe cause i live with some that gets and uses my drug of choice and drinks everyday but i proved them wrong and proved to myself im a stronger women i gave myself credit for,  sorry so long but i hope my story can help just 1 person. GOD BLESS EVERYONE MUCH LOVE AND HAPPINESS
 
Replied By: crystal130 on Nov 8, 2014, 2:09PM
So one day i went to what i thought was normal check up and i walked out with 2 options... i could have cancer or a blood disorder called ITP which is 1 in a million different auto immune disorder (so no people i dont have aids there are 1000's of auto immune disorders).... so after see a dr that specializes in cancer and blood it turns out to be the blood disorder but the down full is i still went through chemo and was put on prednisone which made me blow up and i was working as an order builder at coca cola so it started to hurt...... nxt thing I no im getting major painkillers, perks, oxytocin,  morphine,  and lots of them.  I started using them for strick pain took them like i was suppose to took it by mouth not my nose so im good i wont get a habit using these....hahaha. WRONG!!!!! Within a year i was in my addiction. I started little by using all my work check, then stealing from mom 10$ here 20$ there then it got to taking 100$  all i knew was i need a pill before i started withdrawels.   I was still taking by mouth but people i was round was snorting them and i thought it was nasty and fidnt unferstand how that alone can be addicting..... so while im taking all these pills wasting money, messing up at work within a month spand hitting mt 2nd yr using i lost my job (making good good money) and then woke up thinking my 2011 no more then 4000mile brand new car was stolen. ..hahah YEAP WRONG AGAIN it was repo'ed and all the money i had or would get went stright to the dealer.....  so one day i desided im going to get help found a ride to the rehab sat there for 2hr dope sick for them to say srry we have a 6month waiting time so i looked at it as damn if rehab dont even wanna help me get clean must mean i was meant to be a pill hype... so after that about 2 months later i bump into a old friend and i was about to hit withdrawels soon and have nothing or no money so explain to her what was going on and she said oh i have 1 perk i can share with u meet me in the bathroom so when i got in there tto my surprise she had it vrushed in two lines and i told her i didnt snort so she askird if i didnt want it and i knew withdrawals where coming soon so i told my self this one time so she showed me how and after that night the only way i used was through my nose..... so i used about 1 more yr and everybody i got stuff from said they couldnt get pills but they coyld get herion and its cheaper after hear that for a few weeks i said im going to die if i dont get help now so i got brave and called them again and that monday i was checked into rehab.... the good part of this loxng sad story was im a little over 2 1/2yr clean even after the rehab stuff gave me a 90% chance of relaspe cause i live with some that gets and uses my drug of choice and drinks everyday but i proved them wrong and proved to myself im a stronger women i gave myself credit for,  sorry so long but i hope my story can help just 1 person. GOD BLESS EVERYONE MUCH LOVE AND HAPPINESS
 
Replied By: silvrfox2u on Nov 4, 2014, 6:08PM - In reply to tinytr
You're off to a good start! Keep going to the counselor you have found. I'm sure they have connections to other facilities: call them to see what can be done. It will work out. Please keep enduring: you are just starting to build your self respect, and it takes time. Hang on with both hands, give your pinky a rest! Many many people have worked hard to overcome problems. I know you will too!
 
Replied By: silvrfox2u on Nov 4, 2014, 5:56PM - In reply to iwantobelieve
I just read your post, and I want to express how sorry I feel for your situation. I know it is very worrisome for you, and you're about to be a mom. But, really, your own mother has chosen her course for herself a long time ago. You can keep the help in front of her, but, please, don't feel guilty for her decisions. Her alcohol is her first love, for whatever reasons. Your very first priority is to the new baby coming; don't get sidetracked with trying to help a grown adult.  I understand completely, coming from an alcoholic family myself.  Keep your boundaries up, don't let her live in your own home, or even stay overnight.  She will get help when she wants it enough. Look at how many years have gone by, and she hasn't sought help! So, please, keep your focus on your own immediate family, and just keep hoping for the best.
 
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