Psychological addiction to Vicodin
June 2, 2012 2:53 PM Subscribe
How to get over psychological addiction to Vicodin?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
A few years back, I had a terribly painful surgery, and was given Vicodin for pain for quite a while. I'm bi-ploar, and found that long past when I needed them for the pain (it will always hurt, I can bear it), I needed the Vicodin just to feel okay. I don't take a lot of them, I throw up if I take more than 5-7 of them a day, but it's enough that when I don't have them, I miss feeling what has become normal for me. Without them, I have no energy, feel no pleasure. I'm not depressed- I certainly know what that feels like, and I have no physical withdrawl symptoms.
My medical doc is very careful how much and how often she'll re-order them, since she knows my psych diagnosis, which has been well controlled for quite a while. I don't double- dip prescribers, and I'm a medical pro and have changed specialties so that I'm not tempted to divert them.
So, that's the background, and here's where I need some advice. I can't, I WON'T go to AA or NA. I'm intensely private and will not discuss this with anyone. It's simply not in me to. I want to quit and I can't just cut back, I have to stop, and I have. But how to manage the craving? I miss feeling okay. I don't drink and I don't get high, I don't find it pleasant, so the Vicodin's my only problem. I just want to manage the craving and hopefully get to a place where I feel okay without the damned Vicodin.
Any thoughts or experiences would be most welcome, and I'm glad you guys are here for me.