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    Hope4me40 posted:
    Hi, I just found this site as I was looking for support groups. I am a medical professional (not a nurse so no access to meds, and I would Never steal pills from hospital or patients). But working in the medical field I am scared to talk to a professional about my addition to hydrocodone. I have been with my husband for 5 years, and although I am happy with him now, I struggled during our first years together. He lied and stole from me and has an addiction himself, porn. That lead me to ambien and klonopin to deal with the pain. I never used illegal drugs or alcohol in my life. I became an alcoholic, and happy to say I no longer drink. I had back surgery 2 years ago which lead to my prescription for Hydrocodone. 2 years later I still have pain, but I know I am strongly addicted to Hydrocodone. Presently I may take anywhere from 5 to 10 pills a day. After working long shifts in the hospital I truly am in pain. But I take them at times when I am not hurting. My husband hides my pills and gives me my daily allowance but I often find them and take more. I feel alone and helpless. How can I break this cycle before it kills me? Sorry so long, I just needed to reach out somewhere
    Anon_158160 responded:
    Treatment may be your best option. Saying that you take the pills when you're not hurting could mean that you've become "addicted to the cure."
    There is no shame in seeking help for something that concerns you so much. You were able to quit drinking, so you know you have the strength inside.
    Good luck to you.
    editor_morgan responded:
    Hi Hope4me40,

    It is possible for you to make it through this. Addiction is very isolating for the person who is suffering from it but it is important that you know that you are not alone. You are worthy of recovery. Many times the actual addiction is just a cover for what is going on deep inside. I highly suggest that you reach out to a mental health professional, a counselor or an addiction specialist. They will be able to help you begin your journey to recovery and address the true reason WHY you are self-medicating with prescription pills. And a journey it won't be easy and it will take time but you CAN overcome this.

    Here are some links that might help:

    Treating an Addiction to Painkillers

    How Therapy Can Help

    Maintaining Hope and Health During Drug Abuse Recovery

    Lastly, remember that we are here for you.

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