I've been addicted to pain killers for near 10 years. I started abusing after the death of my mother when I was 18 and I've gradually gotten worse, although not as bad as alot of people I know it has become a problem. I'm married with a 3 year old son and the pills have gotten to be as important as my family.. it's been 2 days since I've had pills, I did't work yesterday and I came home sick today. I have the resources and a plan, I want to ween myself by starting to take only 1 5mg pill a day in the morning in order to make it through work for 1 week, then the second week I want to take 1/2 a 5mg tablet for another week, not using at all on the weekends, then hittin it cold turkey!! I want to be rid of this addiction by the end of Feb. does anyone see anything wrong with my plan? will it work?? if not what will???
8 Feb 2011
It depends on the med you are on. It varies with everyone too. Like you said it's been ten years, that's along time, so I would not recomend quiting cold turkey, if not for you then for your families sake. I take it you do not have a script for the painkillers or I would suggest asking your dr for help. There are meds out there that a doc can prescibe that would help you get off of them. Hope this helped.
8 Feb 2011
I am not a doctor or physician or any type of this matter. But I wanted to send you this in hoping it helps. I know how hard it is to quite. I have only been on this struggle for 4 years, it started with pain killers and then I turned to suboxen. I was never prescribed by a doctor for these, I got them in other ways and took just about anything. When I wanted to end the pills (which were more important to me than anything) I took suboxen. It really helped but I became dependent on suboxen just like the pills. I think your plan can work, just as long as you stick with it. It can be hard to have them and want to take more then 1 in a day. I would try to put your focus somewhere else, when you feel an urge. But if you are able to see the doctor I would recommend that too, and if they suggest suboxen I would only take it till you don’t have an urge for pain killers or a need to use the suboxen. That’s when I should have stopped and I didn’t.
I am only a few days into not having suboxen, and this is my third time ( I have been using this with no one knowing I even have a problem, so it is hard to get help). I tapered myself off and could make an 8mg pill last about a week. Looking back I could say that not having the pain killers for a few days was better then suboxen. Suboxen you feel worse the 3rd or 4th day than the first, unlike pills it’s the first couple days. But to go back to your plan, I think it can help you, just stick to your will power and you can pull through!
8 Feb 2011
Please do not go cold turkey. Tapering is the best way, I believe. There are medicines that help but then you are just trading one drug for another. Try to cut back your daily dose by one pill for a week, then decrease by one more pill for a week, then one more until you are down to a pill a day, then you can go to a half a pill for a week, then half every other day for a few days before you quit altogether. Also, while you are taking more than one a day, spread your pills out evenly through out the day. Of course, I don't know what you are taking so this might have to be altered depending.
Does this make sense? Let us know how we can help,
10 Feb 2011
Taper, PLEASE! And do it with the advice of your doctor. I was on a VERY high dose many years ago & decided that I could do it on my own. I got into bed & prepared for the "misery". And MISERY is what I got. In fact, my family found me unconscious in my bed & sent me to the ER. When I woke up in a Nursing Home (I was only 40), I had lost my short term memory, not to mention ANY memory of what had happened after I stopped "cold turkey". My short term memory has NOT come back after 7 years & I now live with ANOTHER disability in addition to chronic pain! The Lord had blessed me with a mind like a steel trap, straight A average in college, the whole nine yards. Now, I can't remember what I did yesterday, or where I went, or how to DRIVE somewhere, even if I've been there dozens of times before.
There's no cure for this, my brain "checks out" fine in MRI's & CT Scans, but it is GONE, whether they have a test to find out why, or not. I don't know exactly what dose of Norco is dangerous to detox from, but PLEASE don't make the same mistake that I did! Taper off with your doctor's assistance-he'll be honored to help you.
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