My elderly mother is addicted to opioids. It used to be alcohol for the first half of my life and then she moved on to just pills. She is severely depressed and says the pain pills help her. She’s played every classic trick you could think of to get the medicine...from doctors, dentists, online, taking our meds and so on. Problem is...they make her sleep all day...she falls...she has horrific hygiene and is a hoarder and so much more.
She lives with my sibling who actually picked up her medicine today (pretending to be helpful) and discovered the doctor prescribed Norco. We have tried to tell kaiser so many times that she has a problem, but she tricked another doctor into giving it to her. Unbelievable. My sibling kept the meds and hid them. My mom is screaming bloody murder and has threatened to hurt herself. She’s calm now, but constantly talks about it being the end of her life.
When she goes into a fit, there is no reasoning. We’ve been to the doc with her where I outright said there was an addiction problem...problem is, I’m guessing the doc didn’t write it down. My mom finds new docs and praises those who gives her meds. No wonder she likes the new one.
Really just venting. I don’t know what to do. I was tempted today to just let her have the meds. I hate that her last years are like this. She used to be able to hide it better, but now that she’s less able to care for herself, the meds don’t metabolize the same and really affect her personality.