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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Opiate Addiction - Will Workers Comp Pay for Inpatient Treatment/Detox

    Anyone familiar with addiction knows that an addict can not wean himself off of the substance. Normally inpatient is required. I was in recovery for 12 yrs from opiates and xanax. After injuring my back and having to take muscle relaxers and ultram, it set off my addiction all over again, Im not blaming anyone for anything but yes, Drs still over prescribe even if you say your an addict. I had to go inpatient and get off all mind and mood altering substances and now am waiting for an injection to be approved for the pain as I can not and will not take any more meds. I had to go inpatient and have the bill to prove it and yes, its now in my workmans comp claim, also depression. If you have an attorney mention it to him and see if the inpatient will be approved, either way get help.

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Opiate Addiction - Will Workers Comp Pay for Inpatient Treatment/Detox

    Quote Quoting Susan in NC View Post
    Anyone familiar with addiction knows that an addict can not wean himself off of the substance.
    Not true. I AM familiar with addiction. As I said, my wife was, herself, addicted to her meds for years. She weaned herself by determination and personal fortitude (something most addicts lack) and with my help in secluding the meds and lowering her dosages as time went on. She is now (for 10 years) only on OTC drugs.

  3. #13
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    Default Re: Opiate Addiction - Will Workers Comp Pay for Inpatient Treatment/Detox

    I would love to know more about your story PM me really don't want to put everything on the boards. If not thats fine too hope you are doing well and if you did come off of it how did you do it ????
    Thanks


    Quote Quoting edwin View Post
    Self Diagnosis, but i know what i am saying here, i am abusing the hell out of them, and try to stop and manage the meds every month but i find myself in complete and total abuse, as in 140 MG Hydrocodone a day Then suffering at the end of the month, i just can't manage them, it is effecting my family. I accept that i am an addict, as in the type they make movies about. It has taken me some time to come to this conclusion as well as some courage, in fact just posting this gives me anxiety. I am finding myself buying the pills on the street now, I NEED inpatient.

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    Default Re: Opiate Addiction - Will Workers Comp Pay for Inpatient Treatment/Detox

    Self Diagnosis, but i know what i am saying here, i am abusing the hell out of them, and try to stop and manage the meds every month but i find myself in complete and total abuse, as in 140 MG Hydrocodone a day Then suffering at the end of the month, i just can't manage them, it is effecting my family. I accept that i am an addict, as in the type they make movies about. It has taken me some time to come to this conclusion as well as some courage, in fact just posting this gives me anxiety. I am finding myself buying the pills on the street now, I NEED inpatient.
    I realize this was last added in May... but for any IW/pain management patient... this should not be the case for more than a two or three months... a pain management provider would not continue to write the RX for these drugs...maybe a few years back, but not today with the FDA oversight.

    If the medication you are being Rx'd is not sufficient to manage your pain levels...then the underlying problem should be diagnosed and treated. Long term opiate use is not recommended for pain management. No treatment guide used in PM...not ACOEM, ODG or other EBM/Evidenced Based Medicine protocol recommends this approact.
    You/IW as a pain management patient must be a willing participant in your care...that includes frank discussion with the provider. If your Dr doesn't provide an alternative approach, or refer to another specialist to your injury...change Dr.

  5. #15
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    Default Re: Opiate Addiction - Will Workers Comp Pay for Inpatient Treatment/Detox

    Sorry BIVA so not true. My Pain Management Clinic is no, write a script, go out the back door clinic. However, my PM Dr. does have to get special permission to treat with opiates past 6 months. I have been on Morphine Sulfate ER (extended release= long acting) and Percocet (for breakthrough pain) for 15 months now. There are certain pain conditions that are intolerable without these medications. That being said, the IC has effectively (for now) stopped any other treatments by non payment. For me, for now, this is it. My pain management doctor does have to fill out forms from both the ATF and the FDA to prescribe these meds to me but they cannot bar him from prescribing them to me without doing a formal investigation and taking his prescriptive privileges away. Without these meds, I know that I would be in intense pain as I still have the breakthrough pain at least twice a day. To date, I have never overused my medication and take it just as prescribed. I think the difference between the feeling that one is "addicted" to pain medication as opposed to someone that is "dependant" on pain medication is that (IMO) addiction is an enjoyment of the "high" and the dependance on the pain medication is that you would truely be in pain without it.

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