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Pills addiction

Discussion in 'Prescription Drugs' started by Peninha, Oct 2, 2014.

  1. Peninha

    Peninha Community Champion

    When I was a teenager I had a girlfriend who was totally addicted to pills, she had a cocktail of them that included Xanax. I didn't even knew her anymore and she totally lost control until she committed suicide, so it's a really sad story. I just wish I could have helped her more.
  2. AFKATafcar

    AFKATafcar Community Champion

    When you're that young, there really isn't much you can do, and you're not expected to do that much. It's obviously not your fault, and teens often hesitate to alert a parent about such issues. As a boyfriend or even just a friend, it's not that easy to identify such issues and then help that person through their addiction. Simply being there for them usually isn't enough after all. More action is needed, and teens don't always know how to handle the situation.
  3. xTinx

    xTinx Community Champion

    I guess the saying "too much of something is bad enough" has its own merits. Addiction basically starts with excessive intake. People driven to addiction carry a heavy burden within them and have difficulty sharing it with others. I guess your girlfriend didn't have anyone to talk to on a deeper level. She must have taken pills to drown out every problem she had.
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2014
  4. Peninha

    Peninha Community Champion

    When I met her she was drug free, I don't even know how it started, but in just some months she starting to take pills from the family drugstore and selling things from the house, a dramatic change... I was 16 or 17 at the time, hardly mature enough to deal with it.
  5. ccpier

    ccpier Member

    That is awful I am really sorry.
  6. shilpa123

    shilpa123 Member

    One must be very careful about the pills one is taking. They should be never taken without the doctor's prescription. Also, one must make sure that they never get addicted to pills. Anything that is given to the body from the external environment must be given in a controlled manner.
    From my childhood, I have been taught never to take any excess pills and always consult the doctor if there is any health issue.
    It is really sad to hear about your loss.
  7. Jen S.

    Jen S. Guest

    Peninha, I am terribly sorry to hear about your friend. I hope you realize you have no reason to feel responsible (could have/should have/would have) in any way for what happened.

    shilpa123, thank you for sharing your childhood experience and view on prescription medications.

    Sometimes a medication may not be appropriate - even when the doctor prescribes it. In other words, a prescription from a doctor is not an excuse for me to ignore what is and isn't best for me. So I completely agree with you - they should never be taken without a doctor's prescription. That is illegal and dangerous. I just wanted to add to that by saying even WITH a doctor's prescription we should all be aware of what's going on with us - both physically and mentally - while we're on any medication.
  8. Allen24

    Allen24 Active Contributor

    I'm also sorry to hear about your friend. Pills like xanax are dangerous because people believe that they can only help them...it's harder for them to realize they're addicted. My best friend is on them now and I always worry about her. She knows the dangers of them though. I hope she does not get into a bad situation with them.
  9. Peninha

    Peninha Community Champion

    That was long ago, but yes, it was painful. Another friend died too suicide as well, I guess that helped me to open my eyes and change my life while I still could.
  10. ambernw

    ambernw Member

    How sad, I'm sorry to hear that. I personally have dealt with addiction to self medicating (Xanax being one of my choices to ease my anxiety) but I always take things too far, it's in my personality, which is my problem. It makes me lose total control and I don't even remember what I do or say, so I can understand the loss of control. It's such an evil thing, and being a teenager with those kinds of problems was not easy. It took over my life for a while, I was kind of a "binger" and would go constant weeks, then off for a little, then back on the crazy train again. I got kicked out, almost arrested, got let back in the house, then totaled my car, and lost all respect from my family all in one day. Thankfully I'm not that same person today, but it definitely is something I think about often.
  11. Peninha

    Peninha Community Champion

    I've tried those pills in those days and it's terrible, I felt like in slow motion, like nothing else cared, I was not aware of reality, I don't know how anyone can enjoy that.
  12. ambernw

    ambernw Member

    I understand your feelings. I definitely felt like everything was in slow motion as well. But when I was in my downward spiral with it, I didn't care about the negative effects it had on me. It was an escape for me so in my mind I didn't care either way. That's what I don't understand really about my own personal addiction that I obtained with it.. Why I wanted so badly to take something that would make me forget the entire experience while on them. What was the point? Only point was to take my attention OFF reality and what was really going on.
    Doesn't sound very enjoyable to me now after finally seeing the brighter side of life. That post just made me go back to my old days for a minute.
  13. Peninha

    Peninha Community Champion

    Yep, those are the facts of drugs, we think that we are feeling awesome, but if we live a healthier life and look at drug users we see that they are just alucinating inside their heads.
  14. ambernw

    ambernw Member

    Exactly. Even the thought of taking anything anymore makes me sick to my stomach. Same with my cousin who is a recovered addict as well. She doesn't even like talking about it due to it making her stomach turn on how bad it makes her feel, but while you're high you feel on top of the world. Even typing this out makes me cringe a little thinking of some of the times from back in the day. Ugh.
  15. Peninha

    Peninha Community Champion

    Yep, I remember the days when I was high and I felt I had a superior vision and knew awesome stuff, but now I have memory issues and I forget things, so that's not something good as a drug souvenir...
  16. Askani

    Askani Active Contributor

    I work in the Casino industry as a Gaming Dealer. It is a fast paced job where I have to put on a smiling face and deal with drunks, poor losers, infantile remarks, hostility, and the occasional fantastic player. Pills are readily available from almost every person I know and work with on the job, Xanax and Adderall being the most readily available. I was introduced to both early on in my career by co-workers who use daily just to get through their eight hour shift. Someone hears you remark in the break room how tired you are and out comes the pill selection free and readily available. You are stressed out because you are dealing on the game from hell with six people who are drunk and rowdy, here have a Xanax to chill you out. It was no wonder I developed an addiction as quickly as I did.
    Pills are too easy to obtain in my opinion and should be much harder to get. I understand some people have crushing and debilitating conditions which are only helped by these types of drugs, but all I had to do was go in and tell my doctor I was feeling depressed and requested some Xanax. He wrote me out a script and on I went, no questions asked, no therapy offered. We have fallen upon the crutch of having to have a pill to get you through your daily life and things are not supposed to be this way.
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  17. GenevB

    GenevB Community Champion

    You should've definitely helped her more!!! Now you can do anything in order to change that, you should just live your life on, and if you ever go trough the same situation again, don't do the same mistake.
  18. 420nosmoke

    420nosmoke Member

    What could he have done, really? There is not a lot. Especially when he was so young, that is a lot to deal with at that age. You can't force someone to go to rehab or quit drugs if they don't want to. It's good to at least try to push an addict toward that, but it won't work without effort on the addict's part.
    If you flush their pills down the toilet they will just find a way to get more. In fact they would probably hide the drug use even more. It's a delicate situation. Peninha, I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope you have found some peace with it. It breaks my heart to hear of people getting into drugs and dying at such a young age.
  19. Determined2014

    Determined2014 Senior Contributor

    That is very sad indeed, but I am sure if she would have been open with you and reached out to you, you would have helped her out.
  20. Peninha

    Peninha Community Champion

    I knew what was going on, I talked to her and try to get some sense into her head, but nothing. We were just teenagers, I didn't had that much influence on her.