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Morphine withdrawal

My husband has notified his Dr. for about the 15th time that he has thrown away his paind medication and wants to never take it again (I know he did not, he simply took all of them). I know that he abuses his meds and so does his MD. He was in a pain management program but was release for none compliance. He just found out from a therapist (psychiatrist) that his records list him as a drug addict and drug seeker, he act very defensive about this, but his behavior is that of a classic drug seeker. When he is out of meds and goes into withdrawal him presents at the ER and is very rude and beligerent and will get angry and leave without being see because they don't drop everything and see him at once. He keeps doing this over and over and then wonders why people don't want to deal with him. I am at the end of my rope, every time we go through this it takes a great toll on me both physically and emotionally. I just don't know what to do, they won't take him in drug rehab because of other health issues. I just am afraid he is going to die from the stress he is putting on his body everytime he does this.  What can I do??? He has a seizure disorder, and coronary artery disease (has had multiple surgeries) and suffers from PTSD (post Viet Nam).
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222369 tn?1274474635
He has to make the decision to stop. I know that's not what you want to hear, but you can't force a addict to get better. Is there a local support group you can attend? You must take care of yourself first before you can help him. If an when he decides to end his addiction, a suboxone therapy regimen may be what it takes to help him. Google suboxone, look at that site, and see if it can help you.
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I agree with Ga Guy. Its also hard when hes up, then down then up again, on the rollercoaster of w/d. If he agrees to the suboxone, it will stabalize him. That will help I bet with the anger issues and stuff.
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18058724 tn?1499702537
Hi there,
I know you probably won't want to hear this, but until HE is ready to quit, this will continue.
The only person you can change is yourself.
I highly recommend you join a ACOA or Al-Anon support group for your own well being.
You can get so much help from these groups, and advice on how to help yourself, your relationship, and how to deal with his addiction.
I hope you can get some help, dealing with and living under the abuse of an active, sick addict is something you do not deserve. I know you love him, but sometimes we have to love ourselves first, and  have to remove ourselves from the addict in order for them to realize how sick they are.
You cannot control an addict in active addiction. Don't even try, or YOU will become an abused hurt and confused partner.
Good luck
Loripoo
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