... nothing withput methadone. I am able to work and take care of my babies and I quite honestly have not been this happy on a long long time. However, its time to ween off of it now. Im mentally ready. My question is this: Should I get into top physical shape before I do this? I mean, will it help even a little bit?
20 Jul 2012
Yes it will help, but you need a dr on board, cuz you don't just wean off this stuff without help, solid medical help (and I don't mean a meth clinic). A recovery group would be a good thing to add to the mix. 3 years? If you do this right, plan om 6-8, 7-12 months to make a smooth landing. And believe me, I know what I'm talking about. Best to you, hope this helps.
20 Jul 2012
Hi Lifesaver23, staying in good physical shape is something you def should be doing already. some people gain too much wieght or just get a bit lazy on many meds that give you a state of well being. start taking walks and keep it up during your whole taper. but balbanese is right about a good doctor and counseling. finding groups like AA/NA are another very importent part of the process.dont rush to get off of your meds either. take it slow and level off at every decress. And remember HALT, Hungry,Angry,Lonely, Tired. HALT is one of the things I learned are warning signs of relapse. not to say you are gonna relaps but keep those 4 things in mind. It cant hurt to watch out for the signs. good luck and keep us posted... pete
21 Jul 2012
Hello Lifesaver23... I just want to let you know that it's great seeing someone else here who can say that they owe their life to Methadone!! If it weren't for methadone and the clinic I go to, and the staff there... I would have been dead a long time ago and I wouldn't be where I am today! I have been on the program many years longer than you... everyone is different... some people can wean off after a certain amount of time and some people are on it for life. I myself will more than likely be on Methadone for life... but I do know many people who have weaned off and have had success doing so! But I do want to give you some advice if you don't mind... first off... PLEASE... make sure that the MAIN reason that you are going to wean off is because of YOU!! Don't do it for anyone else or anything else except you!! Because if you do it for your kids or your spouse, etc., it won't work! I promise you that, and I know because I've been there. Also...
make sure that you wean at your own pace!! work with your doctor/clinic... if it is going too fast for you and you are getting sick to the point where you can't handle it... make sure that you tell your doc/clinic and have them work with you! It seems to me like you have a great doctor/clinic and it sounds like they will work with you . Also... I wish all the luck and success in the world!!! :)) It's not easy to go off of Methadone and live a normal life, but it sounds like you are ready and I will be praying for you to succeed!! I am also going to advise you to go to NA or AA meetings if you don't already attend... I go at the least twice a week and they are a great help and a wonderful means of support!! There are also MA (Methadone Anonymous) meetings out there, but they may be hard to find... anyway... I wish you luck ... I added you as a friend, so please keep in touch and let me know how your taper is doing!! GOOD LUCK LIFESAVER, AND GOD BLESS!!! :)))
22 Jul 2012
Why, if methadone has helped so well, is it necessary to wean off now? I, also am on methadone, am 36 yrs old in Az and have been on it since I was 20. I was addicted to pain killers and knew I wasn't ready to quit but had been Dr. Shopping and after a DEA agent paid me a visit at my apt. with a long list of every doc and script I had filled and threatening to investigate further and possibly press charges, I had no choice. Methadone literally saved me, and I am still on it, stable, sober, healthy, and not planning on changing what has been working. I go to the same clinic I have been going to for 12 years and have since educated myself extensively about addiction, methadone, drugs, etc. I have tried a few times through the years to stop the methadone. I went to a very intensive and effective and respected program in Fl. But after 6 mos off of it I was still in miserable withdraw despite the detox and everything. It was horrible.
I relapsed on vicadan es and ended up back on methadone wondering why I had put myself thru it. I have come to realize that being sober on the methadone w/ a productive life is far better than jails death or institutions .Now, I think for those who want to and can wean off successfully its great. But that's not the case for everyone. I just think its important to see all your options and make a very informed decision. Now, if u live in a state that only has clinics that dose methodone on a temporary bas, you may need to look into a private methadone provider if possible. Also,talk to your counsel at the clinic and be honest with them about yourfeelings about weaning down. There is a ton of pressure in society to not be on methadone or at least to only use it for a short time. There is alot of misinformation out there about how methadone works for those who follow an honest maintence program. It is a very misunderstood and ignorant way that people judge methadone long term maintence programs. My clinic works very hard at helping to keep people and health professionals educated about methadone so that the stigma in society about this topic hopefully begins to change. I hope I was able to offer u some more to think about. Good luck and give yourself some time toproceed with this if u can. I am sure that you will come to an informed and positive conclusion. If things get rough, always remember all thee awesome and caring knowledgeable people on this forum to talk or check out some other online methadone support options. There are many, I have used many of them. Keep it Simple! Sincerely, jewels480
25 Jul 2012
aloha, im on a taper off of percocet 10/325, eating healthy and non fast and fatty foods, excersize and alot of rest. also be sure you have a strong support group or you will have a harder time to taper like i do. its very painfull and unless one has gone thru a opiate taper and withdrawl, they will not know how to support you. i sill struggle from time to time. im still tapering but not as quick as id like. its very uncomfortable and i always get restless leg and arm syndrome and what i call the ibby jibbys. best wishes to you, leanne
29 Jul 2012
Lifesaver - I'm 28 days off suboxone and I believe exercise will definitely help. "top physical shape" is going to help tremendously. I do walks, some running and intense workouts twice a week with my niece who is a personal trainer. Those workdays are 100% better then my less/no active days. Hope this helps. Good luck.
30 Jul 2012
I have been on MMT for 8 out of the last 9 and a half years. Was forced to quit cold turkey off of 120 mgs when I found myself in jail for possession. I did 13 months in jail and prison cause of this. I will never go back to buying pills on the blackmarket. I have chronic pain in my back from a gunshot wound and that is how I got addicted. If you are serious about tapering off then you need to think about the consequences. It is always a very long painful process. I do think that being in good shape can definitely help. Try to exercise as this will increase production and release of your endorphins, even if it is no more than walking a short while. I have been where you are but I know that if I quit I will be back on pills shortly so for me, MMT will more than likely be permanent. Good luck, and GOD bless you!
8 Mar 2013
Yes it will help but even the best of shape people with drawl if not done correctly.exercise helps replace endorphines while you tapper .only tapper 5mg per 7-10 days you will be fine. being in shape dont help if you dont tapper correctly.just remember it can be done with just a little discomfort tappering 5mg every 7-10 days .no matter what physical shape,your body adjust to your dose usually after 3-4 days when tappering.take something for energy 9maybe 5hr energy drinks ,walk something ,also vitamin/mineral daily. .hot baths thomas recipe at the end .you can do it stick with it for you are on the right track.good luck ,let us know .
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