Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Nephew Needs Addiction Help

Tuesday, 05 Jun 2012 05:07 PM


Question: I found out that my nephew is one of the many people who are addicted to narcotic painkillers. He told me he wants to quit on his own because he can’t afford rehab. But should he quit cold turkey? What is the best way for him to end his addiction?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
There is no doubt that drug addiction can be devastating and destroy lives. You must encourage him to quit, especially now that he himself has suggested it. Narcotics are widely prescribed to treat painful conditions, and it is considered abuse when people use narcotics to seek feelings of well-being apart from the narcotic's pain-relief applications.
The first steps in remaining drug free are overcoming withdrawal symptoms and the physical dependence of narcotics. In addition, many treatment programs are available in the community to help addicts deal with usually intense, longer-term psychological dependence that goes along with being addicted to narcotics. Programs such as Narcotics Anonymous and other detoxification programs in the area that your nephew resides emphasize abstaining from all narcotic drugs and other abused drugs by using a system of social support.





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