Our expert says:
Rehab alone is almost useless -unless it includes extended aftercare, assessment and assistance in staying stopped, remaining off whatever meds they were hooked on, it is of no value whatever. Where someone gets hooked on over-the-counter, non-prescription ,eds it is harder to control, but where the problem lies in prescriptions meds, every competent doc should be aware of the possibility of abuse with the many drugs with which this can occur, and should be VERY cautious about prescribing them to anyone, especially if there is any possibility of such abuse, and especially when it is someone they don't know really well ( many such abusers get their drugs from numeropus doctors at the same time) . If this is a recurrent problem, someone should check which doctors are doing the prescribing, and at least notify the docs, if not report them to the Health professions Council for sloppy prescribing.
And though I don't know what she has been taking, various meds can cause kidney or liver damage especially when taken in excessive amounts.
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