I am sick of my life revolving around going ot a clinic, I want to just quit cold turkey, I can go 2-3 days without it and not feel to bad, I take benadryl to take the edge off..I just dont understand any of it, how can u get off it? how does it get out of your system? I have asked at the clinic, but i get a vauge answer..I just need any advice i can get.. I am sick of it running my life.. Please someone help me with some answers..
I am trying to get off Methadone, on 50mg and now 30..How does this get out of ur system?I need help
Added 1 Dec 2009:
Well I am not sure if i am doing the right thing or not, but I havent been back to the clinic my last does was wed before thanksgiving, first 3-4 days were not bad, tonite i feel like hell, its like different part of my body ache so bad, i mean to the point of tears, I am going to give this a try, but it seems to keep getting worse, but i havent taken anything other then bendryal, and i wont take anything, i just hope i can get thru this, i dont want to go back to the clinic..
2 Nov 2010
I currently take methadone to treat opiate addiction as well and I agree that it is way too painful to try and stop cold turkey, i felt okay for about 2 days but on the third day the pain started coming and only got worse until I went back on it. I have been told by my doctor that the best way to come off takes quite a while but you wont feel any discomfort. You gradually taper yourself down by reducing 1 mg. every week, it will obviously take a long time to do but you will not feel the pain and discomfort that you would when you just abruptly stop.
10 Dec 2009
Good to hear from you, it does get easier day to day, just remember it started out terrible, then you would have 10 mins that wasn't so bad, then you could have an hour that wasn't bad while watching a movie (or something like that) my point is the good times get longer and the hard times get shorter. It's a long hard walk all the way through addiction, but I know you can see the light and thats when everything starts to come together. The next time you are going through something tough think about where you been, it won't seem so bad. Know that you have accomplished already what most people can not endore. Good Luck!!! and as always Fight the Good Fight!!!
30 Sep 2011
Hi there, to answer you`re question, I have been off methadone and oxycontin
since April of this year. - And I had a lot of help from the folks on this website.
I got cut off cold turkey, which was very hard. - it took about 4-5 weeks before I even could start to feel better. bear in mind that opiates tell your brain to tell your body, "hey man get me that stuff now"!, by saying that I mean, a lot of it is phycological after a couple weeks, after the physical WD symtoms ease somewhat. The best advice I can give you rachel, is to try and get weened off slowly. I have heard of people having thier doses dropped by 5 mls a month, until they are down to 0. Keep in mind everyone is different on how they manage the withdrawls. you will feel axcious, so try and stay away from stimulants like coffee etc. eat as much protien as you can, and try using Power aid drink, (blue), it`s like gateraid, but it has electrolites which really help. also ppl here say the thomas reciepe works as well for RLS.
Also, excersise helps push the methadone out of you`re tissues and bones.
it stores in our bones yes. And this is why it takes so long to get it out of our systems. that`s about it for now, keep posting here, it`s an awesome place, and Robert helped me HUGE.! hello Robert, I have been farming to beat the band and feeling great!./ - rachel, you CAN do this, it is hard, I thought I would never quit. and I was also on oxys at the same time. I left my wife of 9 years because she still gets a script, and it was either that, or die.
I choose life. and you CAN too!
Keep me posted, good luck,
All the best.
24 Nov 2009
Before I had to be on narcotics for what became chronic pain,I was presribed Methadone for pain. I was going to say that if you have a prescription for it you could just taper your self down but you go to a clinic. You can still do the same thing. Say you say your on 50mg a day. Make sure you shake it real well to make sure it's uniform,take half,a quarter,whatever you can take without getting sick,and just slowly,or as quick as you want(Or can tolerate) and just keep reducing it down until your off. The cold turkey thing is very hard if not unbarable. Some kind of sedative would help,but that's just another addictive drug to have to worry about. I happen to be a person that really believes medical Marijauna is a very good medicinal drug,espiacially for opiate withdrawl.
It's actully one of the only thing besides more opiates that I've found helps at all,and stopping isn't hard at all,(my opinion). It could take place of Benzodiazapines,which if you are on for awhile and try to stop cold turkey,will many times cause siezures. I don't know what the laws on medical Marijauana are so I don't know how you would get it but I swear it works. It's an overlooked drug that even though they make pharmicutical pot(MARINOL) the method of ingestion i.e. smoking versus ingesting,has many people still wanting the plant material. Between those two things I think( and have) used to get off Methadone. I don't know your feelings about pot,but like I said what I mentioned works,otherwise see what other people say and pick what you think would work best for you. Good luck. J.
10 Dec 2009
I had pains in my legs for two weeks, not real bad pain just enough to keep me awake or like I just got done running a couple miles the sleep depervation from the restless legs was the worse part. Potassium through the day helps, vitamins or with banannas. If you had a good day today, expect tomorrow to be just as good. At this point it's a ride down the hill not up it. Think about how far you have come, nobody probably knew how bad this really was except you. REMEMBER how bad this was, before you ever think of using again. Each day will get better, and the leg pains will subside soon. The leg pains are nowhere like the acute symptoms, so think of that if they hurt. You have shown that you are stronger than you even knew you where, and you will be able to carry that with you forever. You are now a successful warrior in the fight against addiction. Once you get a little better go help someone else, on here or someone you know. Just remember you can't help someone that doesn't want to quit. Obviously you know why, its just to hard unless you want it bad. Fight the good Fight!!!
20 Jul 2010
hi how r u i am a 26 yr old female i hav been on the clinic for a year and a half and i konw how u feel. i felt that way untill i startede to get take homes i now have five. i will get my sixth one next week. let me tell u i feel more free than ever. i mean it does suck sometimes having to take it everymorening remeber were i put my bottles and to take them with me twice a week but its better than getting high everyday. i found out i was pregnat jan of 09 and that was it i had to clean up. my son will be a yr on thurday and i have never been better. u should really think of what ur ding it can take six months its gonna get worse hon do it teh right way and taper off trust me good luck it wat ever u decide
6 Dec 2010
Not sure it's appropriate for me to comment here, as I am not the family member trying to get off Methadone. It is my husband. But here goes
anyway (& let me know folks if it is not comfortable hearing from a family support person vs direct communication, but my husband chooses to isolate and it appears he's "going it alone" poor guy!). Rachel, what I wanted to say to you is that it seems to me to be critical to seek your own solutions outside the clinic, as they have kinda a conflict of interest with helping you to get off the stuff. For example, NO ONE mentioned (neither the clinic or my husband's regular doc who knows a lot about addiction & healing) that he absolutely must take a very strict vitamin & mineral supplemental regimen. Do you have someone to help you advocate for yourself?
My husband was taking something like 128 mg/day & got sick & tired of being so tied into it - the blessings
with the stuff is that he was no longer chasing pills for pain & addiction. Going to the clinic is controlled & completely necessary for him given his inability to manage meds. When my brother died, however, 2 years ago
this month, my husband felt the extreme bondage of being unable to come & be with me at a time when he wanted to (unplanned trips are a problem, as you most all know!). Since that time he'd been just ruminating about wanting to get off the stuff. But made the decision, with the help of the clinic doctor to step down 2 mg per week - a very slow taper. It's been a couple months now he's I believe at just below 100 mg & says the Fri's when the taper starts are the worst. But in my personal pity party I would say there's some sort of psychological barrier he's crossed at "below 100" because he is just a pain to be around. Very critical & judgemental, paranoid even. I'm having a hard time being sympathetic because the good times, just aren't. We have booked a trip across country with the family (we have 3 daughters together) and I am trying very hard to remain optimistic & not fall into the co-dependent tendency to have everything revolve around him & his moodiness. The trip will probably be good for him (they'll let him take a week supply with him, but I know he secretly worries out of his very insanely safe comfort zone he might mess up with the bottles and/or alcohol). I tell myself just take care of myself & the girls & if he falls while we're gone, put him on a plane back home. Sounds cold, doesn't it, but things are so incredibly empty and difficult living with someone who is really trying to get clean, but won't connect with other addicts. I call it addiction arrogance! Any tips??
Also: do those of you who use supplements feel it has made a difference for you in terms of the way you feel? Thanks for listening...
16 May 2013
I can understand how you feel me myself take meth. I attend a clinic as will n it's hell to me all I can says is ur doing great. Just have faith in God n urself n slowly lower ur dose n don't think nor ask what ur dose is while their bring you down cus it messes with ur mind it happen to me twice already n I end up using n in the clinic again. Right am on it again for the thrid time n slow trying to come down gd lucky n don't lose faith.
9 Dec 2009
It is so good to see you are able to come down in your dosses so easy, and that you can go between each dose 2-3 days is also remarkable. Remember metadone as a long half life and will stay in your body longer than normal opiates, but to me this shows that the addiction does not have as great a hold on you as it did me, it took using suboxone for 5 years to break my opiate addictive life-style, I would crave opiates every hour, and never go 2-3 days without feeling horrible, "before suboxone". I am off subs now too, So it can be done, and you are on the right road. Good Luck!!! Fight the good Fight!!!
23 Mar 2011
I totally agree with you.
I stopped taking my Meth this friday.
and im goin thru hell. but, this is the last time Im going to visit Hell!
Im done with opiates.
we all have to live with some sort of pain, and there IS alternatives to opiates.
Methadone has a halflife of about 24-36 hours, (time it takes to get out of your system) Im finding that if you drink lots of fluids, gateraid cuz of platelets, and OR try the thomas recipe.
alot of ppl have had success with that.
above all, know that you are NOT alone. and for one, I can be reached here most days, we can do it together if ya like!
keep posting here, and never give in, your body is going to beg you for the stuff believe me.
realise tho, you DO have to pay for what youve put into your body somehow right?
just know, it wont lat for ever, you WILL detox from it, and fell a ton better for doing so!
good luck and god bless.
13 Dec 2009
rachel and jude, You guys both don't realize how great you are both doing, Jude you are doing things you haven't done or at least have been "un heared of" (shopping) you say your steady and with the medical issues you have, there are reasons you have to take certain meds. There is no shame in that, would you be ashamed if you took meds for high blood pressure, high colesterol, or diabetes. No, nobody is and just like yours, they are diseases with symptoms that must be controlled. You should never be un happy about being the heathiest person you can be. All this under super stress just keep up what you are doing. Great Job!
You are amazing, you are doing great and already helping other people in their fight. There will soon be a time when beating this is not as exciting as when you first get past the acute and post acute stages. There will be times of emotional high and lows but, the highs are not as high and the lows are not as low. With that said, don't let that bore you into a mistake. When we all started to get high it was because we needed a change or liked the change drugs gave us. Start new activities, set goals, gain friends, or fix relationships drugs have cost you (if there are any) Just stay as far forward from drugs or opiates as you can. You have made it, the rest of the ride is easy. Fight the good Fight!!!
11 Dec 2009
You are going to to fine today, it will be atleast as good as yesterday, remember you are rolling down the hill. Your husband will be lucky too have someone that has made the journey, it may end up being the reason he quits someday. When he see's it can be done, like you have, the possibility will become a reallity. He is probably not ready and that could be why the support is not there. He may think as soon as you are off, you will want him off, and that scares him. Be understanding and let him work his addiction how he has to you should be supportive without being an enabler, that is hard to do. DO NOT! give up your achievments, because your really already there, so concentrate on yourself for now then help someone else. Your husband will come in his own time. Good Luck!!! Fight the good Fight!!!
15 Dec 2009
Rachel you have come so far! You are making big decisions with a clear head! Your are having w/d's but nothing you can't handle! All of these statements make me so proud of you, they are a testament to the person you have become. I feel, and have felt, that you are, and have been, out of the woods for some time now. You can only become stronger "What ever doesn't kill us, makes us stronger!" I am very proud at how you have returned to the boards to help other people with questions and answers. I don't get on as much as when I was going through w/d's or PAWS, But our lives get busy once we don't have to be scared of not having our opiates anymore. Just remember how this board helped you get where you are now, and every once in awhile try to help someone out. Even if it's just a few nice words. I needed it at one time, just like you did, now we must continue for the sake of the people who helped us.
I am going to try to compile a list of a few of the people that helped me, and send out a thanks. On a personal note you were one of the largest contributors to that assignment. Thank you!!! REMEMBER! Fight the good Fight!!!
8 May 2011
I have found the best way is a number of other detox drugs. everyone says methadone is extremlyyyyyy hard to get off of when its really not like that if you are using the right stuff. I have been thro the withdraws of methadone,heroin,pain pills so many times and in jail and prison. so I no what I'm saying when I say use these pills to help you. I dont no about you but I think throwing up is the worst part of the detox. throwing up for days and days and when you have nothing to throw up and its just stomach acid it HURTS and then you cant breath. it feels like your dieing. not being able to Breath for a min at a time is scary. but there are ways to help your self here. I have used a few different meds the list starts with Promethazine which is for throwing up. the 25mg ones work wonders. 2 or 3 of those a day while detoxing will stop that throwing up complete. and it makes you sleepy to so you are actually able to sleep while detoxing.
and then xanex or klonopin will help with anxiety and those kicks, next would be a Lortab I no its a pain pill but just a very small dose to help with the achs and take 1 in the am and 2 at night for two days then move it to 1 in the am and 1 at night and two days later 1 a day and after two more days you will be ok with out it. taking some Advil to will help. and if your blood pressure is all messed up try chlorthalidone or something for blood pressure. this little remedy helps great. you will be a little uncomfortable but other then that its not hard at ALL. and you no you dont have to go to a clinic for methadone you can find a doctor who will give you methadone but its in 10mg pills and you only have to go once a month or once every two months. you get a script of however many mgs you are on and can adjust your self how you would like.need to be careful tho if you are not use to it. there are a few other ways but if you would like to talk more about it let me no
- Methadone Information for Consumers
- Methadone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Methadone (detailed)
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