Have made it to day 12 before, but found no difference between day 1 and day 12. So when do you start to feel even half human again?? And not being able to sleep because of the back and leg pain makes the days sooooo long!! Any Advice??
3 Apr 2011
Dear Cash, the neurotransmitters in the brain go on vacation when a person takes opiates long enough to become dependent, they have to reboot and be brought back online again in order for them to function normally. The time required varies from person to person and is linked to how long a person has been dependent on them. You can google the Thomas recipe opiate withdrawal and you will find a list of over the counter meds and supplements that help the various wd symptoms. It can take a few weeks for someone who has been on them as long as you have. You have another couple of options, you can ask your doctor to help you by giving you clonidine, and/or methacarbomal, perhaps an antidepressant as well. Often people become depressed when they quit opiates, so the anti d can help with that. Addiction therapy is also a great way to get support, ideas, and help you heal hidden emotional issues that helped trigger the dependence.
Suboxone is an opiate replacement and stops withdrawal and quells cravings, It is for those who can NOT afford to miss work, or miss taking care of loved ones and family. It can really be a lifesaver. There are some caveats, it can be expensive at first to get on it. You can go to the suboxone.com webpage and look up doctors in your area who are licensed to write a prescription for suboxone. Check with each of them if you have to to find one you can afford. Most subs doctors will not file insurance for the treatment, there are a few who do. You need to ask what the induction fee is, what the office visit fee for future visits will be and how often you will be required to go see the subs doctor. You are NOT supposed to take benzos or drink on subs. You will have to be in withdrawal for 24 hours and be opiate free for that 24 hours. There may be counseling involved, do the counseling, it will truly help. The Thomas recipe also has a diary of Thomas, and how he felt each day after he quit opiates. It might give you a view of how long your wd can last. Walking for exercise will help lessen the duration and severity of the wd symptoms. It sends a signal to the brain to help reboot the system in the brain that has gone offline and it will help it go online again. It produces endorphins that will make you feel better mentally and physically and it will help regulate the eat-sleep-wake cycles. Best of Luck, you are in my Prayers. Patti
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