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They were beautiful twin sisters until they started abusing pills. Yvonne says she had the perfect life -- a great husband, nice house and three happy children -- until her introduction to pain pills six years ago. Shortly after, her twin, Yvette, picked up the habit too. Their lives have spiraled out of control. Their younger sister, Maria, wants to confront her sisters and make them take a hard look at what their drug abuse is doing to their kids and the entire family. You won’t believe the extreme behavior the Dr. Phil cameras capture in their home. Is one of the sisters pressuring the other to keep up her pill popping? The women live with their mother and Yvonne's three children. Find out why Yvette's daughter only sees her on the weekends. And, Yvette and Yvonne have a rocky relationship with their mother, Debbie. Why do they say she hates them? And, what does Dr. Phil say that upsets Yvette so much, she turns away and breaks down. You don't want to miss the first part of this disturbing story, and find out why this could happen to you! Share your thoughts, join the discussion.

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February 2, 2008, 4:07 am CST

02/06 Pill Popping Twins

I think this could happen to anyone who ends up with pain and prescriptions. It happened to my late father in the 70's and 80's. He had several disc surgeries and ended up on  pain meds and he also was an alchoholic. Back then, I don't remember this being discussed in the media much, if at all. My father was always talking about young people taking drugs and getting hooked on them. Because his meds were legally prescribed he didn't consider himself being addicted. It was amazing to me and my mother that he was able to make that distinction being "illegal" and "legal" drugs and addiction. And evidently his doctors didn't worry about him being hooked either because they kept on prescribing the drugs.
 
February 2, 2008, 9:35 am CST

Wish I could be on stage with these sisters...

I am truly looking forward to this 2 part show and wish I could at least be in the audience so that I could share my experience with these twin sisters.  They don't realize that they are playing with fire and will eventually get burned if they don't change.

 

I was addicted to oxycodone from 2002 to March 2007.  Five years of my life were wasted because this drug had such a strong hold on me.  It was prescribed by a physician whose only concern was that I would need to come into the office every month for a written script.  I basically turned into a zombie on this drug.  There is so much about those FIVE YEARS which I can't even remember!

 

I finally decided to withdraw myself from this very potent drug and did so in NINE DAYS!  These were the worst days of my life.  I won't go into detail but I was sicker than a dog.  It was absolutely horrible.  However, I DID IT!  I had no insurance at the time so a rehab was not an option.  Needless to say, I do not use this doctor anymore.  I have had other doctors tell me that withdrawing the way I did could have caused seizures and other things up to and including death.

 

I don't know yet what these girls are taking but I can tell them that whatever it is will eventually kill them if they keep taking it.  I know what addictive behavior is because I have it also.  They definitely are experiencing the same behavior.  I know that I can never take any kind of narcotic pain killer in the future because doing so will cause the addictive behavior to begin again.  God forbid I should ever need surgery in the future; however, should this happen, I have already made my husband SWEAR to me that, other than the anesthetic for the surgery, he will NOT allow any narcotics to be given to me during my recovery.  If Tylenol or Ibuprofen don't help, then I'll just deal with the pain.

 

In closing, I do have to say that I didn't go through the withdrawal totally on my own.  Jesus sat beside me during the entire time and I will always owe my new "narcotic free" life to Him.  I just pray that these girls can find the help and peace I did.

 
February 2, 2008, 11:00 am CST

Doctor Phil Show

Doctor One Part Phil Pill Popping Twins. Are you kidding me? What are you talking about? I have never-----

seen this before. See you on Wednesday Feburary 06th, 2008. Sincerley Your. Russell Vlaanderen.---------

 
February 2, 2008, 11:35 am CST

Take it from someone who knows

Dear Dr. Phil,

 

 I am worried about these twins Yvonne and Yvette, I was diagnosed almost 5 years ago with Rheumatoid Arthritis and was given alot of meds for my condition. I was prescribed  dilaudid and used it for approximately 4 years. I was not the same person that I am today. I was at a  point  where I was getting very hooked and would take 8 mg's every three hours. My mood was very depressed and miserable all the time due to the dilaudid (Morphine) and my apperance was dishelved. I decided from one day to the next that I wanted to stop this medication and almost killed myself in the process. I felt like I was really a true drug addict when I was detoxing. All these pain meds are good when used to treat pain (On a temporary basis) But in the long run, they tend to kill you slowly (Mentally, Physically and Emotionally)  I hope you can get through to these two sisters before it is too late! God Bless you and your wife!

 
February 2, 2008, 12:45 pm CST

I know how it is!!!!

I too was a person taking waaaay too many pain pills...I was taking 25-30 Norco a day. This is over many years. I do have multiple medical problems that warrent the meds....But certainly not at the quantity I was taking.

 

It's easy to get hooked on pain pills...I got off the pills be going to a Dr and getting a drug called Suboxone...It attaches to the pain receptors and counter acts the withdrawls...it also allows the pain receptors to reset..So over time if needed I can take pain meds reasonably.

 

 
February 2, 2008, 12:49 pm CST

Getting There

Quote From: hpmx59

Doctor One Part Phil Pill Popping Twins. Are you kidding me? What are you talking about? I have never-----

seen this before. See you on Wednesday Feburary 06th, 2008. Sincerley Your. Russell Vlaanderen.---------

Interesting, I two am going through the same issue, after suffering 7 herniated disc 4 years ago, and taking pain killers to releave the pain, now that my back has gotten much better, when I'm out off my meds I go into this depressive mood, not wanting to talk to anyone or do anything at all, my body just feels like crap I get so, so cranky and I believe it's affecting my work, but when I'm on them I function well, I do the things I like to do, I pray for strenght everyday that 1 day it'll all be gone, I have been tappering them off slowly, I can't do it cold turkey because it can cause me some great damage that's for sure, God will guide me through the right path, if I keep doing it the way I'm doing it. I can over come it. 
 
February 2, 2008, 1:42 pm CST

Try Suboxone

Quote From: ralphy61

Interesting, I two am going through the same issue, after suffering 7 herniated disc 4 years ago, and taking pain killers to releave the pain, now that my back has gotten much better, when I'm out off my meds I go into this depressive mood, not wanting to talk to anyone or do anything at all, my body just feels like crap I get so, so cranky and I believe it's affecting my work, but when I'm on them I function well, I do the things I like to do, I pray for strenght everyday that 1 day it'll all be gone, I have been tappering them off slowly, I can't do it cold turkey because it can cause me some great damage that's for sure, God will guide me through the right path, if I keep doing it the way I'm doing it. I can over come it. 

I read your post...Please try to use this drug...Suboxone...it is a great tool. No withdrawls...then you taper off the Suboxone. It will allow you to clear your head, amd to be able to make clear choices!

 

 

You can do it.I did.

 

Carmen

 
February 2, 2008, 2:15 pm CST

Drug addiction

Too many people become addicted to perscription drugs after some incident they initially talk about -- but often a deeper pain exists.  I've witnessed the suffering of my close friend as her son died after several "recoveries" from drugs and I have a friend who has just returned from a year in a clinic to recover from her addictions.  Neither was simply "hooked" on drugs -- underlying problems exist and recovery is never a quick fix or even a couple of months in a clinic.  A complete life change must occur.  It will be sad to watch these twins on national tv, but hopefully their story will help prevent even just one person from having to go down this path.
 
February 2, 2008, 4:25 pm CST

still addicted

i too have multiple things wrong with me,ra,and peripheral neuropathy.  my neurologist had prescribed 90 vicadin a month and which gave me relief but also stomach pain,he now has me on 45 darvocet for 15 days.it's embarrassing to have to take that many,and i know i am  hooked. when i signed the consent for long term opiod use,i had no idea what i was getting into,i really did not read it,just thought what a relief from my pain.boy was i wrong
 
February 2, 2008, 6:27 pm CST

My best friend lost everything to oxycotone

My girlfriend had the american dream, the dog, the suv, the house, the kids, not having to work, long vacations, with and without hubby and then her trouble started when she went to the doctors and complained about her muscle's acking well needless to say she was referred to a pain specialist and then the oxycotton started needless to say she lost custody of her children lost the dog, the suv and the house.  She tried to take me with her because as we all know messery loves company but i just couldnt stand the pill scene.  She not only got herself addicted but her one son stole pills got caught by the police had to go to drug counseling and she totally got her older son addicted also the breaking point for me that she was selling them to my employees.  She had a cousin that also went to this doctor and had bags and bags of pills and liquid bought them from him for 30.00 which was what he paid then turned around and sold them even to her son for 500.00 a bottle.

Needless to say we were friends for more than 20 years and we are not friends anymore.  She would have loved it if i would have been the same as her she tried real hard for awhile.  I even called her pain doctor and told him that she was an addict and needed help, the only thing they did was call her in to count her pills, but they are stupid enough to not even realize that one addict knows another one and they meet and talk to each other in the office then when they call them in for a pill count they just lend each other pills to use while he is checking then they buy and sell them to keep there supply there.

It has totally distroyed her life and I begged her to go to a detox place but that didnt go over well at all.

She was even in the hospital for some woman problems and she was basically kicked out because they were giving her the stongest pain killer they could give her and it wasnt even touching her pain.  So they new she was an addict. 

It is so easy to come by and it seems to me like more than a few people think that perscription discribed pills are ok but what they dont realize is they are just as addictive as any other kind of drug.

 

 
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