Addicts can experience PAWS for up to a year or more after they stop taking an opiate. We have all read up on that. Sleep being a major complaint of most. Sleep is hard to come by for J…I understand that and I sympathize with him. However we told him early on that he was going to have to stop taking Ambian for a couple of reasons 1. It does not work for him. 2. He talks in his sleep. 3 HE SLEEP WALKS and has no recollection of it in the morning. My husband was living in fear that he would burn the house down. J would cook a pizza in the oven eat it and then leave the oven on and then swear up and down he didn’t know what we were talking about. 4. It is NOT recommended for an addict in recovery. So we made it CLEAR that Ambian was not an option.
This is how it happened. I dropped his prescription off for his anti depressant at the pharmacy. When he went to pick it up the next day they gave him that medication and the Ambian that had been sitting in the cue for awhile. He thought he hit the jack pot and he was finally going to get a good night sleep. I guess it sounded good in theory. He took one around 10:00 and tried to go to bed…it wasn’t working so he took a second. He does not remember anything after that. Well 4:00 AM we can here him going up and down the stairs not even trying to be quiet. WTH? His eyes were wide open but he was sound asleep and making no sense. I thought he had relapsed and my heart literally stopped but when I went into his room I saw the prescription for Ambian. I can see that it was filled that day for 30 pills. I counted what was left in the bottle he didn’t take 2 he took 6!!!!!! He says he does not remember doing that and he probably doesn’t. THAT IS WHY WE SAID NO MORE AMBIAN!
J was mortified and apologetic and my husband was apoplectic! My husband was also secretly happy that it was not an opiate but he would never say that. I too was upset about the blip but grateful it was not an opiate. I do realize that what happened was a bad thing and the addict behaviors still lives deep within him but he owned up to it and flushed them down the toilet.
I am interested in hearing your take on it. Is this a warning of things to come or just a small bump on the journey?