I'm going to try to summarize what's going on without writing an entire book. I've been dating my partner for about a year and a half now. I've always known my partner would occasionally use prescription drugs, but I was never convinced he was abusing them until recently. He has been taking xanax daily (unprescribed) for the past couple of years and to my knowledge only takes norco/vicodin (unprescribed) when he has to work or is in pain. He has never been prescribed either of these drugs, as he is uninsured. A family who does not use their xanax gives my boyfriend open access to their monthly prescription. I don't think he ever took more than 2 in a day (one to last the day, and then one to sleep as needed). Also, I'm not a doctor, but it is clear he suffers from anxiety, so I never questioned whether or not he should be taking xanax to control his anxiety. On the other hand I have noticed is really keen on taking norco. The family member who supply's the xanax, also shares their x3 a day norco prescription with my boyfriend. It is not that the family member willingly supply's the norcos, but my boyfriend frequently asks for them, sometimes running out before the end of the month and than scrambling to find someone to buy some from. I used to never notice before, but now I can always tell when the family member gets their rx filled. My boyfriend will act different for a few days: hyper, gets intoxicated super easily, happy, egocentric etc. Then shortly after he becomes really irritable and mean, stops showering, doesn't really leave the bed, and won't even get up to let the dog outside to use the bathroom. I suspect that these are the days he goes without taking norco, but I'm unclear.
It's a really tricky situation. I love him, but growing up with a mother who went to prison for selling drugs leave a bad taste in my mouth. I hate drugs because I see how they have ruined so many lives. I wish to help him, but I don't know how to talk to him. When I ask him about his drug use he becomes offended and upset and reassures my that he has anxiety, back pain, and "taking norco makes work more tolerable". I know the family member who supply's the drugs cares deeply about my partner, and probably wants the best for him, but is blind to the affect of supplying him with drugs. I have thought about talking to this family member, but I feel as it not my business. I used to not my boyfriend's drinking, gambling, and occasional drug use get to me, but after a year and a half I have grown tired. There is so much more to this story, but I guess I came here to ask if I'm dealing with an actual addiction or just frequent use? What can I do? I love him tremendously and I would give my life to change his, but I cannot even get him to acknowledge that he might "sometimes" abuse drugs. It almost seems as if my best option is to walk out of his life and continue my own.