My wife thinks I should see someone for my cough medicine abuse. Should i?

Cough medicine abuse. Yes. Like any addiction, this one is hard to beat, particularly because it is so easy to get cough medicine over-the-counter. Seeing either a physician or a counselor, will help you to understand the problem, its symptoms, the harm it can do, and how to get control of it. There is no major cure. You have to work with someone who understands the disease.
Abuse vs addiction. Abuse implies inappropriate use. Any substance used inappropriately or in excess can have very serious consequences. Addiction implies physical and/or psychological dependence and craving. Addiction is more severe, but both require professional help. You should see someone who specializes in addictions to help you explore the reasons you are abusing the cough medicine.
Yes... Without knowing what cough medicine you are abusing, it is difficult to give specific advice. But, any medicine that you are taking inappropriately needs to be stopped and you may need help to do so. See your doctor so you can be guided as to the best way to stop this medicine. Good luck!

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for cough medicine abuse?

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