Did your parents smoke? I ask because mine did and when my mom heard on the TV that kids who live with smokers have more sore throats and ear infections, she called me right away to apologize. I had my tonsils out in grade school due to the excessive infections I got.
I never had allergies until I moved from Calif./Nev. to Oregon. Now I am much more sympathetic to my spouse's allergies. Apparently, according to my doctor and everyone else up here, it is very common.
I am glad that you reached the doctor and were able to discuss your concerns with him.
I don't know how your doctor runs his practice. My doctor and my husband's doctor (a different one entirely), though both are internists, have their patients sign PM contracts. We don't stand in line for anything, tests or drugs. The doctor sees us like he/she always did before. Although the contract says they can do urine testing, I have had two tests in 15 years (two different practices my doctor belonged to), and my husband has had none. We both get our RXs the same old way we did before. It really has made no difference at all in our care.
If the contract said you "may" be a former drug addict VS. the contract saying you "are" a former drug addict, that is very different. However, the longer you can manage without opiates, as with any RX drugs, the better off you are.
And I thought I was from a large family!!! We had summer neighbors like your family, they paired one older kid with a younger kid as far as dressing and getting to meals, ready for outings, etc. It was the only time I felt like our family was small.
This would happen to me when my son was overseas. I would just repeat to myself all the prayers and poems I had memorized as a child. One after another, over and over. This along with meds, would help me to sleep.
I think once the days distractions are over with, one has the time to think of all the bad things that can happen in life. Keeping my mind busy for a bit longer while I fell asleep helped me.
A contract is a fairly old thing for all pain patients, but many doctors offices are just now asking for them. It is not an admission of being an addict in any way, I am so sorry you felt that way.
You need to see your doctor in person about the Celexa at least. You need to tell him why you are tapering off of it, and get his perspective, if not his instructions. It is my understanding from your post that he is your rheumy, why is he prescribing your heart medicine?