It’s a pretty common problem that a drug addict gets sober, but really does need some type of medication and no one will prescribe it for him because of his past with addiction. It becomes a catch-22
. If you are honest with the doctors, they won’t help, if you like to them, you are hurting yourself in the long run. What should you do?
Stick with one doctor:
This doctor will know your history as well as what issues you have, such as anxiety, panic disorder or insomnia. As time goes on a trust will be established between the two of you so that he is willing to explore the possibility of non-narcotic answers.
If you have been previously diagnosed with any issues that required medication, sign releases for your current doctor to access those records. Having nothing to hide from him will go a long way in his trusting you when it comes to current medication needs.
Keep an open mind:
For example, if you have anxiety, and you are a drug addict (even if your drug of choice is opiates), there is no way you will be treated with Xanax. Allow for the possibility that something other than a narcotic will help keep your panic attacks under control. Give your doctor a chance to try several medications until one of them or a combination of them works.
Ask for information:
Request information about medications he does provide. For example, he writes a prescription for a sleeping aid or an anxiety medication. Ask him why he chose that medication, what it will do, and if it typically works with a drug addict. (Some medications are just too weak due to an addict’s tolerance.)
Becoming informed about what is available to help you empowers you to partner with your doctor. It is a delicate balance to find the right medications while at the same time not triggering your addiction.
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