I'm gonna chime in with my own TMI...I was addicted to scripts (percocet), I was first introduced to opioids when I was 21; I had several surgeries by the time I was 23 (due to Crohn's Disease). I had a doctor prescribe over 3,800 tabs of percocet in an 8 month period. I took him to court and they made me out to be the drug addict loser (they later settled with me), he notated in his records numerous times-"she takes these like candy-I think she's addicted"- but would turn around and write out a script for 120 T-3's and 90 Percocets every two weeks. There was nothing wrong with me, my disease wasn't active and he never ran any tests. I am not saying that I wasn't responsible for my own actions but...I think a doctor also has a duty to his patients to monitor and warn their patients about addiction. I justified my use because I had a disease and I didn't have the life experience to understand what a drug addict was-if that makes sense. I'm not trying to skirt my own accountability here but I don't think people are able to recogonize addiction in themselves, especially if they're ill. I think when people are in "pain management" rather than throwing pills at the problem the person should, not only under go physical therapy but psychological therapy. Crazy things go in a persons mind when they are sick for a prolonged period of time.
I'm currently in school to be a drug counselor and have been clean for 9 years. I hope to work with pain management patients some day.
There is something about these rehab shows that bothers me...I can't quite put my finger on it but it doesn't sit well with me. I don't know in some ways they make the process seem much easier than it is. Rehab doesn't make you well, it takes years of relearning healthy behavior to change. I attended rehab 4 times in 6 months and still could quite put things together. Family members and friends can beg for sopmeone to change...it has to be something you want with everything inside you...and I guess that's what bothers me...most of the participants in these shows have other motivations- tv exposure.
that's my 2 cents.