Hi, my friend is addicted to Adderall, and she knows it. The problem is i go to NA/AA with her but she doesn't want to quit using the drug because it is prescribed to her. She has lost 45 lbs in the last year. Im worried about her health. Would it be wrong of me to contact her doctor and tell them my concerns. She is also prescribed colozopan and i think the two drugs are just counteracting each other and her doctor isn't doing his job for prescribing an addict 2 different narcotics. I want her to get help but she won't. She only sees this doctor on occasion and it seems like they just give her prescriptions without trying to find the route of the problems she is having. I know im not a doctor but i think there practice should be to help people not make problems worse with narcotics when theyknow nothing about the person they are prescribing drugs to. Im also worried that if i did contact her doctor that she would find out it was me and i would lose her friendship. What should i do?
I am experiencing something very similar to this scenario. My boyfriend is addicted to Adderall. It is prescribed to him. He does not have good health care so he won't talk to his doctors about getting off of the Adderall. He tries to go cold turkey and has mood swings, eats sugary foods for the up and sleeps all day everyday. Then when he decides he's had enough, he will start taking it again. His emotions are all over the map. I want to help but don't know what to do. I don't think that "we" can necessarily call their doctors as they are not allowed to discuss patient information with anyone. I have been reading about the withdrawl effects and it's pretty scary. I almost feel like I need to have an intervention or something. The best way to get off it is to ween off of it slowly. 30mg for a week, 25 for a week and so on. I know there is a definite psychological component that needs to be addressed. One thing I might do is research Adderall, its effects, side effects and withdrawl symptoms to help your friend understand that even though it is a prescribed drug, it is still a very dangerous drug. It is a methamphetamine. It's chemical composition is not that far off from street meth. My boyfriend has even ended up in the hospital with kidney and muscle problems from taking it... prescribed. I am scared and losing him to this terrible drug.
If you know who their doctor is you can call them and tell them your concerns. This can be very helpful to a persons doctor since chances are they are not getting the full story from their patients. The patients might not even know they are exhibiting such odd or destructive behavior when they are on the medications. Obviously the doctor cannot divulge any information to you about the patient, but they should listen to what you have to say and take notes so they can properly treat their patient. The cannot possibly know much about somebody in a 20 minute visit, so friends and family can give them important clues as to what is happening with the patient.