When you become addicted to the medication you have to take to be normal….what do you do?

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  1. It’s normal for the body to adapt to medications, even the ones that aren’t supposed to be addictive. If you are prescribed a something like Klonopin or Ativan most prescribing doctors know they are potentially addictive and should discuss how they will help a patient to cope with what is essentially a medically induced problem.

    I personally object when my doctor’s try to diagnose me with a substance abuse disorder when the substance is one I would never have taken without a prescription.

    Never stop a medication on your own and always taper off.

    The other thing to remember is that needing a drug to function is not the same as an addiction.

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      1. It sounds like your taking an extended release version of Adderall for an attention deficit disorder.

        Below is a link to a site that explains how Adderall works.

        http://www.rxlist.com/adderall-xr-capsules-drug/clinical-pharmacology.htm

        Neurontin is usually prescribed as a mood stabilizer when used in psychiatry although it’s also used to treat neuropathy and seizures.

        Here’s another link:

        https://www.drugs.com/neurontin.html

        What scares you the most about them?

        Being able to tell your doctor that you’re scared and knowing why often results in more effective treatment.

        My philosophy is that the more my doctor knows about how I feel the better my care will be.

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      2. Do you run out before your script is due?

        If so you may have trouble managing your meds which is OK.–a lot of people, especially people who are still learning about the illness have trouble managing their meds.

        I have alternates that throw my meds out and Bobby likes to play with the Adderall.

        His playing with the Adderall was a bigger problem when I first started treatment because Bobby didn’t understand that the body is not 16 anymore.

        The body is WAY not 16 anymore….

        It took a couple of years but now we take the medications as prescribed but if it looks like we need help Jaime and the therapist step in.

        If the meds are reducing your symptoms and making it possible for you to recover and build a life you do need them – just as a diabetic needs insulin. It’s hard to accept, God knows I know that. But accept it you must. It’s ok to hate them. Report side effects to your prescriber. The process of finding the right meds means trying different ones to find the one that works with the least side effect.

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      3. My place offers some stuff I have never tried it…I have a 16 year old boy with social phobia anxiety and depression ….the anxiety I get from taking care of him I talk to my theropist about…I’ve learned coping skills…idk everyday is a challenge

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  2. Yeah.. hmm. I guess take a deep breath and pray that you won’t be on it forever? I’ve been on chlozopine for about nine years, and although I’m on a very low dosage I still plan to come of it one day.. medication sucks ass!! Thanks a lot for following my blog!

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