My Husband’s Addiction History

ALCOHOL, PERCOCET, ADDERRAL AND WEED

  • Alcohol 

Addiction runs in both my and my husband’s families. My Dad died of cirrhosis from chronic alcoholism. I can’t even believe what we went through as little kids, but i will write about that in a another blog. 

My husband’s Mom was a heavy smoker and died of heart attack in 1996.  His Dad was also a recovering alcoholic passed away in 2014 from a cardiovascular disease.

My husband had started drinking when his Mom died. He had relapsed on and off since then, but today, he has been sober for 18 months. 

  • Percocet & Adderral & Klonopin 

In 2016, he hurt his back and went to the pain doctor. This doctor knew that the man was a recovering alcoholic, yet still prescribed him “percocet” – 2 pills a day, as needed with refills available. I thought that was very negligent of him and i was very upset but i didn’t know better and what was my chance to win an argument against a doctor?  He thought it was the best option,  he is ordering a “CT-Scan”, well it took us 3 weeks to get the CT scan and by that time, my husband was dependent on the pills to exist. 

As soon as the medicine wore off,  his pain came back with back with a revenge! Plus he became drowsy and irritable.  What was the fucking point of taking pain meds if it makes the pain worse? And since the percocet made him drowsy,  the doctor added in “adderral and klonopin”  to help him function.  One minute he was irritable, angry, and in pain ;  the next he was this energetic, hopeful, chitter-chatter, feeling “great”. It was fucking scary and little did i know what was waiting for me. As of today, he has been sober from percocet & adderral and klonopin for 18 months. 

  • Weed

When my husband was feeling hopeless about percocet and adderral, and still felt so much pain; he turned to weed.  It helped alleviate the pain a little, but it wasn’t sustainable and he still had to take percocet every once in a while. Plus the weed  costed $1,000 – $1,500 a month and stank the whole house.  At this point, we were arguing every day, and I knew I needed to do something.

As of today, he is in recovery and has been sober for 18 months.

It is within my hope that he would never relapse. 

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