Can Prescription Drug Use Lead to Delusional Beharior? Mon, May 9th 2011
One year ago my older sister was diagnosed with MS. The news sent her on a downward spiral.
For nearly a decade she has been using prescription pain pills to control pain in her neck due to injuries involving forced sex by her husband as well as for severe migraine headaches.
She could have left her husband years ago, but her reasons for staying have to do with lifestyle and the six children (ranging from 13 -19) they have together, and the millions of dollars her father-in-law is worth.
Recently, her doctors strongly suggested that she go into a pain management and a drug detox program. Her behaviors, in recent months, seem delusional if not crazy. I know that her abusive relationship issues are a huge factor as well as the MS diagnosis. could her dependency on narcotics also be a cause of this seeming insanity?
Currently, she is in a dark hole of blame. I have never experienced such a profound sadness surrounding my sister and her life and how horribly she treats our parents. They never laid a hand on us when we were growing up. My father's only crime was he worked 100 hours a week when we were children. My mother stayed at home and we had many advantages that most of my peers never had growing up.
I guess my hope that, when she sobers up and goes through psychotherapy, she will regain some of the power that she once had and become the person that she once was.
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