Couples With One ADHD Partner
Husband Addicted to Adderall?
I also posted this in the “smoking, drinking, substance abuse, and ADHD” group, but I wanted to come here as well.
Hello, I hope I am in the right place. I am the non-ADHD spouse. My husband and I have been together for 14+ years. I found out early on in our relationship that he was ADHD, but in my naivety I didn t think it was an issue. He took medication after all. Done deal.
Fast forward a bit and he tells me that he had a history of abusing Ritalin. He had insurance through both of his divorced parents and would fill prescriptions under each plan. He d still run out and would doctor-shop to get more scripts. I was concerned, but believed him when he said he d had help and was not doing that any longer.
He went off meds at some point, but after suffering from severe agoraphobia, he started treatment with a new doctor and started trying new meds under doctor supervision. I know he started Ritalin again, and Strattera, and now he s on Adderall.
I know he abuses it: he has asked me to help monitor his use by keeping the bottle in a safe and only giving him his daily allotment. I am happy to do this because I want to help him. At times he asks for extra capsules. I give them to him. I always question his reasoning for it, but ultimately it s not my decision to keep him from his prescription. When he runs out early, it s his own fault.
This morning I went into the safe to get his daily dose out, and the bottle was considerably lighter than I expected. I counted, and half the expected amount was there. A ball immediately formed in the pit of my stomach; he must have taken it. I confronted him, asking why the bottle was lighter. He stated he had taken some to test himself to see if he was ready to manage his medicine on his own. I WANT to trust him. I don t know if I can. (He had asked that I let him in the safe this week for some documents. Again, I WANT to trust, so I did let him ¦I am questioning my own judgement.)
My question is, when does medication abuse turn to addiction? I think that s where he s at. I don t know what to do. He always has a believable reason for his actions. I don t come from an addict-background. I think my instincts are on, but what if they re not? What do I do?
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