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i'm so ashamed. i'm a 50 year old meth addict and now i found out i have hepatitis c. i had some blood work, going back for more. everytime i try to quit the speed
i get so hot. my doc gave me premarin but its still so hot and of course i am misererable to be around. the hospital says there are no withdrawal symptoms but i beg
to differ. please help me. i get into awful rages even when i'm still on it. i hate it and myself.
i have rhuematoid arthritis, take 2 200mg celebrex
daily. am taking the premarin for menopause. have
been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. depression and
anxiety - take clonazapam and seroquel (sp?)

my husbands' coming home. if i ever get a response,
it may be later this evening before i can get back
online. thanks in advance
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Steve -- a.k.a. Oreport replied 11 years ago.

When you come right down to it -- there isn't one of us -- who, when looking
back over our lives from middle age, doesn't have some serious

So you're 50, sick, sad and angry -- welcome to a club which includes
a significant percentage of humanity.  While the particular
circumstances, reasons, regrets, etc. may differ -- the results are the

Middle age is a natural time to look back and 'take stock'.  The
problem arises when we choose to stay in the 'stockroom of the past'
and break out the whips and chains for a never-ending
self-condemnation/pity party.

When the storekeeper takes stock, finding out which products he is out
of or running low on is not the end of the process.  Taking
inventory only makes sense if the data collected is used as a planning
tool and guideline for future orders and marketing activities.

The same is true for personal inventories.  Coming to a point of
clarity which allows you to face and name your mistakes, shortcomings,
and demons -- takes a very hard-won effort.  But that effort is
wasted unless it fosters a desire to change -- and a commitment to do

I cannot give you a tidy little checklist to handle your problems -- no
one can.  Since we are talking about the rest of your life here --
no 'To Do' list is not going to cut it.  Life is a journey --
journeys require a map.  Here is the beginning of a map for
you.  While it will not get you to journeys end -- I hope it will
get you to the next fork in the road.

Here it is:

  • Everyone has selfish moments (some of us have selfish decades). 
    Substance abusers are more selfish (and more self-focused) than most

  • The more self focused someone is the more sad , angry, depressed,
    sick, helpless -- and negative -- they tend to be... and remain.

  • The most effective way to deal with most of our problems is to stop
    focusing on, and worrying about, them.  This seems
    counterintuitive -- but it's the truth.  The easiest way to break
    a bad habit not to keep concentrating on 'not doing it' -- but rather
    replacing it with another (hopefully more positive) habit. 

  • Even
    in those cases where a personal problem demands our direct attention
    and effort -- focusing on something outside ourselves will allow us to
    return to the problem with more peace, more energy and more focus.

  • Negativity cannot be eliminated it can only be replaced by a positive
    outlook.  A positive outlook does not come in a box or a
    kit.  It must be germinated, nurtured and developed.

  • The shortest path to a positive outlook is an attitude of gratitude.

  • The surest way to become thankful for who you are, and for what you
    have is to spend time assisting those who have less than you do.

You have a choice to make:

Stay in the 'stockroom of the past' with your sadness, anger, depression, fear and self-condemnation...

-- or --

Come back into the 'front of the store' -- in other words start living
in the present in taking responsibility for your life.  Live every
day with a commitment to be the very best version of you that you can
muster that day.  Look for opportunities to help others.  Be
grateful for little things.

Someone much wiser than I am once said:

Yesterday is History

Tomorrow is Mystery

Today is a Gift

That's why they call it --

The 'Present'...

As to specific strategies for dealing with your drug problem and
medical problems -- while these are by no means easy things to deal
with -- I am certain that, if you take the above advice to heart, you
will find that you have more than enough competent advice and resources
around you to get to where you want to be.

Let me know if you need more input.  If not, thanks for the
opportunity to assist you... I would really appreciate your honoring my
efforts by 'pushing the button' and Accepting this answer.

Good Luck!


Expert:  AnnlynnRN replied 11 years ago.

Please don't be ashamed of your addiction. You have already taken a huge step by admitting that you have a problem, and it sounds like you really do want to stop using. I don't know who told you that you can't experience withdrawal symptoms with abrupt discontinuation of meth because you absolutely can experience symptoms of withdrawal that can be extremely unpleasant.

I STRONGLY suggest you contact help for your addiction. Below is a website and toll free 24/7 telephone hotline who can provide you with referrals, rehabs, education, etc.

Toll free hotline: 1-800-748-6776 (open 24/7)

As for your Hepatitis C, there are treatments with medications. One is called interferon alfacon-1 and it is given by injection 3 times a week for about 24 weeks. Another medication used for treatment of Hepatitis C is called interferon alfa-n1 lymphoblastoid and it is also given by injection 3 times a week for a period of 6 to 12 months. The side effects of these medications can be very unpleasant, and it takes a lot of commitment on your part to follow through and complete the series. I suggest you discuss these options with your doctor ASAP to see if these treatments are appropriate in your case. If you and your doctor decide to go ahead with the treatment, you will receive close monitoring by your doctor and regular blood testing for the duration of treatment.

Also, be aware that meth is metabolized by the liver and can be very toxic. You already have a compromised liver from the Hepatitis C, so getting yourself into some kind of rehab is very crucial to the successfull outcome of your treatment.   Best wishes.  Please feel free to come back if you need further info or clarification.


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