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Replied By: JWL123 on Sep 3, 2015, 6:33PM - In reply to jessicapaige34
Addiction is such a horrible thing. For those of us that haven't done it we can never understand the battle, the longing to be different and do different yet the addiction continues to hold you down. I will definately keep you in my prayers. So glad you decided to share that. I know its definately not easy to open up and talk about it.

I have had so many through these message boards that have changed me in so many ways with their support and I hope you find the same.
 
Replied By: jessicapaige34 on Sep 3, 2015, 4:35PM
I know all to well about addicts I am one I am a needle user have been for years I have tried every thing really I am only 34 and my whole life has been about a needle I started when I was 15 and still struggling With it if you know some one on drugs please try to understand that it is really really hard to get off them
 
Replied By: jessicapaige34 on Sep 3, 2015, 4:31PM - In reply to JWL123
I know what you mean when you have no one to talk to and my family is all addicts to and I have struggle for years with it I am a needle user I have been on it for many many years and still can't get off it I might for a day it two but that is it and sorry for her passing away I never really talk about this time much to any one but your story really done me gpod and opened me up alittle to say all of this
 
Replied By: JWL123 on Aug 28, 2015, 6:46PM
I usually dont talk about this much or anything personal anymore (I used to be on the boards a lot a couple yrs ago) but i need to vent. I met a wonderful lady on these boards back in 2008 (Profderien) when we talked about chronic pain. Recently she passed away and she was my only friend I had to talk to.

But anyway practically my whole family are addicts. My oldest brother (alcoholic) my youngest brother (takes pills) my sister and her twin daughters ( my sister pops any pill she can get, smokes weed and does rock, the twins pop pills do heroin and meth) my nephew and his girlfriend ( pills, meth, heroin, weed). I worry especially about my nieces, they weigh practically nothing. They cant hold down a job even if they would work which none of them will, they all sponge off mama. My brother, sister and twin nieces live with mom. And it bugs me that they seem to get by with every horrible thing they do. And the probation office and poile dept here is a total joke. My sister passes her drug tests because my other brother pees in a cup for her and if they do find something when he dont, she just says it is prescribed and they dont even check to see if it is true or not. They get food stamps and sell them to buy drugs.

One of the twins was just in a very bad wreck last month. She was messing with her phone and was high, she crossed the center line, side swiped a car then ran into one head on and all she was charged with was driving left of center. She was the only one seriously hurt. You would thing that would have opened all their eyes but it didnt phase them at all.

 
Replied By: headon9415 on Aug 16, 2015, 10:27PM - In reply to kellyapritchar
Hey there. I had surgery years back, and had a poor outcome...I still suffer from chronic pain. The problem is I take my prescribed pain pills daily, and cannot stop. I tried to stop them completely, but after 3 days, the pain is back with a vengence, and I start taking them again, without even trying Tylenol or Motrin. Right now I am weaning down from 4-5 a day to 1 a day, and on September 4, 2015 I am going to stop for a minimum of 30 days, and hopefully in a few years, only take one seldomly for severe pain. I could really use some support right now from others going thru the same thing. I don't believe in NA because one of their steps states "I am powerless..." And I don't believe in that Statement. I am a survivor, and will never admit to being powerless over anything I choose to do. Thank you
 
Replied By: tammotsie on Aug 7, 2015, 5:59PM
I need to let others know about the Sinclair Method of treatment for alcoholism.  It has an 80 success rate and has been approved by the FDA for 20 years.  It is widely used in Europe.


The patient takes 50mgs of Naltrexone 1 hour before drinking.  It works by rewiring the brain.  And it works.


I find it so sad, that this is almost unknow by most Doctors and other treatment professionals.  AA, the most widely used treatment in America has a 3% success rate.  So that means 97%j of people with a drinking problem are not getting help.


I've used this method, and it works.  I went to the Sinclair Method web site (free) and didi my research.  Had my Doctor prescribe the medication, and it starts working almost immediately.  You don't get drunk.  It shrinks the receptors in the brain that want the feeling of the alcohol, and over a short course of time (3 to 6 months) the brain returns to normal.  Cravings stop, and you just really don't want to drink anymore for effect.









 
 
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.
 
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