Yep, those are benzos. They're typically used to ease the stress of withdrawal from narcotics. While I wasn't ever an addict, I was on morphine and fentanyl for seven years due to chronic pain after a nerve injury. I had an implant put in my spine to break the pain cycle, and I got off the meds. It was one of the most hellish things ever, and my doctors had me on 2mg ativan every 4 hours at first so I was totally out of it. I ended up in the psyche ward several days later, where the staff there were ruder than Laura Silverman's character. They tried convincing me I was just a drug addict and that there's no such thing as a simple dependency, despite the fact that I never had drug issues before. A lot of what we saw was true to life, at least from what I experienced. Having it be pulling teeth to get a tylenol or phenergan for nausea, strict rules like a prison, no caffeine, no phones, group. It was a nightmare.
Also, is Laura Silverman's character supposed to be a doctor or just a counselor or psychologist? Jackie wouldn't have been able to get benzos or tylenol from the front desk lady anyway, and unless her counselor is also an MD, she wouldn't be able to give meds. That shit is on lockdown.
Edited by Myndela, Apr 11, 2012 @ 1:57 PM.