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Old 04-23-2015, 09:51 AM
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Hi, sorry you are going through this. I 'managed' my mothers 'klonopin' habit for a long time before I realized I didn't know anything about it.

It's a controlled substance in the benzo family, and it's rewiring your mother's brain chemistry. If she goes off it too fast, she's in trouble; if she stays on it, she's in serious trouble. If she stays on it too long, her brain will stop being able to create certain chemicals it naturally does create that make life tolerable to function in; it takes several years of being totally dry for the brain to start creating them again. Withdrawals make a person do almost anything to start getting those chemicals going again.

Call the doctor. The doctor may not have permission to discuss your mother with you, but they will be allowed to listen, and should want to hear important information about your mom's medical condition. Politely inform the doctor that your mom is going through the pills much faster than instructed, and that in order to avoid any malpractice risk s/he better make sure your mom isn't getting controlled substance prescriptions filled at any other pharmacies by any other doctors (doctors, in the US at least, have the power to do this); tell the doctor why you think that your mom has formed a substance dependence (erratic behavior, etc) and say that you are confident that s/he will recommend treatment and ween your mom off the klon.

Malpractice is the magic word. Only use it once, use it politely. It lets him know that your mom has family, and that her family knows he's on the hook.

Don't enable her habit by picking up her meds for her, giving her rides to get her meds, or in any other way helping her get her meds. You don't need to feel guilty about this. Be compassionate, "I know you are suffering, however I cannot contribute to your suffering by helping you get those drugs."

The only way you can help her is by getting her to a treatment facility, and not by tricking her, either - she has to want to go. If she has a full blown habit, she's already going to do anything to avoid treatment and just get more pills. Do offer to help her get treatment; do nothing that helps her get more pills. Do stick to your guns; do not set boundaries and then give in after she begs or bargains. Do educate yourself about benzodiazepine addiction.

Good luck to you!
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