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need help, addicted to otc's

Discussion in 'General Substance Abuse Discussion' started by chickengirl1991, Aug 1, 2016.

  1. Hi, im 25 years old, female, and i work 2 jobs. i am addicted to over the counter sleeping bills, laxatives and water pills. it is taking up all of my money. i lost 80 pounds from them and weigh under 75 pounds. i dont want anybody to know about it though, how do i help myself off of these drugs? ive been abusing them for about 4 years every day sometimes taking a whole ox of pills at once.
  2. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    @chickengirl1991... Welcome to the community and thanks for sharing with us so honestly. I'm sorry that you're struggling with an addiction to the meds you mentioned.

    As I'm sure you know, what you're doing is very dangerous and it sounds like your body is probably being harmed by your overuse of these meds. I think it's imperative that you take steps to get off of these medications.

    I think your best bet would be to see an addiction specialist. They can assess your situation and recommend the best next steps for you. You may not want to seek professional help, but I think the best way to get off of these over-the-counter meds is under a doctor's supervision.

    Counseling might be a big help to you, too. Oftentimes our addictive behaviors are a result of underlying issues we may or may not be aware of. A good therapist can help us uncover, confront, and deal with those root causes. Once that happens, it can be much easier to get back to leading a normal life.

    We are here to help and support you any way we can. If you need advice or just want to vent, you can come here and post whenever you want. We will listen without judgment.

    I hope you will take steps toward ridding yourself of the meds you've been taking. You will be much healthier once you can do that.

    I'm sending you positive, healing vibes and lots of hope and encouragement. You can do this, my friend. I know you can. It might not be easy, but it will be incredibly worth it.