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Becoming addicted to Oxycodone
06-24-2009, 12:43 PM #151
Well, I went to the doctor and went ahead and asked about vicoprofen. His PA said that they dont really prescribe it that often because of the possible heart issues and the gastro issues and seeing as I already have an ulcer she said that she didnt want to prescribe it to me.
So, no biggie I just went ahead and got my normal 180 norco.
06-25-2009, 10:37 PM #152
My last post on this thread
I think I've gone as far as I can with getting off everything so this is going to be my last post on this thread.
Before I go I wanted to share one last set of thoughts. For me life is more predictable than most people think so here it is.
Most people take opiates without issue so what makes some of us stay too long?
Opiates are for really the short term (2-3 days) or forever. anything in between is asking for problems.
Opiates do not really cure pain they just distort your thought process like any other drug including pot, alcohol or MDMA. If given the choice, choose alcohol - it's much harder to get addicted to.
The kind of people that have trouble are the same as those who have trouble with any other drug. If you're the guy that closes the bar, works too late, smokes too much pot or spends too much time in the gym you're in that category. The good news is that you'll never be average, the bad news is that, well if you're reading, you already know...
Getting prescribed opiates shouldn't be exciting. If it is, you're addicted before you take you're first pill.
If you're taking one opiate and thinking of ways to get prescribed the next one up, it's a slippery slope.
If you start and actually manage to stop, there's a good chance you'll still think about it every day no matter how much harm it did to you. It's a demon that once unlocked, will probably never leave you.
Finally, when you do stop, you'll look to replace it with something else. The obvious choice is benzos or sleeping pills. That's where I am now and am scared that the only solution is always going to be another pill. Stop and learn to live without anything, like you did before.
I want someone to read this and not start without really needing it but I know that won't happen. Pain is strong motivator...
Good luck to everyone with stopping, it's 3 weeks of pain to free yourself for the rest of your life.
Don't look back!
06-25-2009, 11:15 PM #153
God Bless You ! You are so right. It is haunting me at this moment.
To live my life and to be free !
06-26-2009, 12:02 PM #154
Perfect ending to a very real and far to common story. You've always expressed yourself beautifully and I know you'll be successful at anything you attempt!
You're last post is very true for all of us, to bad most people don't read these pages until it's too late. Those of us you've been through "it" will never forget!!!!
On Wednesday I over exercised...3 classes in a row at the club, abs, step then power yoga. Yesterday I was so sore, but just the idea of taking anything more than a couple of tylenol, well you know....never!! Some of us do learn our lessons!
07-03-2009, 01:17 AM #155
I Have a husband was is addicited to Oxy's he pulled 3 lower disc in his back we have been through hell and back with it all MRI's appointments 4 hrs away from where we live he has been on many medications one even that made him not concentrat that he crashed the car into a tree luckly he was alright his addiction to Oxy''s has been that bad that he was getting them else where. My husband has a great job also one he cant lose with me and also 3 young kids under 6 he knew he couldnt go on so he now has started a methodone program which now has changed his live he his so much happier and I dont feel like a single parent he is getting more involved in everyday live so I dont know whether maybe you could consider this.
Originally Posted by Businessman1
07-03-2009, 07:43 AM #156
IMO, alcohol isn't generally the best choice out of all the above. It is responsible for more broken homes than pot, for more incidences of car crashes, it is easier to get with regards to price and availability, and it is the most socially acceptable of these drugs. If you are predisposed to alcoholism, it can quickly and subtly take you for a ride and be the source of hell on earth.
Originally Posted by Businessman1
07-04-2009, 06:45 PM #157
I'll respectfully disagree. I've been able to have a few drinks after work with no issues for years. I can even go on vacation and drink every day for weeks without becoming addicted. As can almost everyone I know.
My tolerance for Oxy built up in days and you can develop a physical dependence within a small number of weeks. You can do all this while working and living a "normal" life. It's much easier to get addicted to. You can also do it without anyone noticing.
I've never heard of anyone getting addicted to booze in a matter of weeks and if you turn up to work drunk, you'll probably get fired. Most people will wake up after a heavy night drinking feeling like they never want to drink again. You wake up after a night on Oxy wanting more Oxy.
I will agree that an alcoholic is probably more unpleasant to be around but it is a much longer road to develop a physical dependence.
So like I said, if given the choice, having a few drinks with friends is a better option than using opiates recreationally. I clearly don't suggest becoming an alcoholic is a good idea btw. I just think opiates are much harder to "control".
07-04-2009, 06:58 PM #158
You responded to an old post. That was the first thing I wrote on this forum. I stopped Oxy around 6 weeks ago.
Sorry to hear about your husband. I never wanted to replace oxy with another opiate. I was determined to stop all medication after getting my back fixed. Methadone is, by all accounts, harder to stop than Oxy and stopping Oxy is no trip to Disney land. The long-term side effects of opiate pain meds for me were really negative for my relationship and my job. It's hard to love someone or be ambitious when you have no feelings.
I hope everything works out for you and your husband. Back pain can be really debilitating. I’m a firm believer in getting it fixed if he can.
07-04-2009, 09:02 PM #159
I thought you weren't going to post on this thread anymore. LOL. I just wanted to see if you would post again if I put something like that. Peace to you.
Originally Posted by Businessman1
07-05-2009, 12:31 AM #160
I wasn't but you know addicts
I like your sport. It made me laugh!
09-19-2013, 11:30 PM #161
Getting off OxyCodone
So here's my two cents... this is my first time writing about this.
I was severely addicted to OxyCodone for the last year. I never obtained it illegally, I was prescribed it for a bad knee injury I had a few years ago. My prescription for about a year was 80mg of pure OxyCodone a day. My prescription was monthly, so this came in the form of #120 20mg immediate release tablets. I took it as prescribed for the first few months I was on it, then after that I'd finish my bottle off about two days earlier each month. By the end of my addiction, I'd blow through it in 3-5 days. I would take 300mg at once, if you can believe that; as much as 800 mg a day. I have now stopped, because I acknowledged how awful it was making my life. For three days of the month I'd be great and happy, and the other 27 days withdrawing and would have preferably been dead (anyone who's gone through serious withdrawal knows what I mean). Anyone who is taking this category of drug long term, I don't know how you can not abuse it, seems impossible. I would guess that 50% of the people who go to a pain management doctor are addicts, its that simple in my mind. What gave me the power to stop was acknowledging that, the net affect of this drug on my life was extremely negative, short term euphoria is NOT worth long term misery. People who are addicted to drugs like this justify it in their minds by saying they just want to feel good, but, the fact is overall you will feel miserable because of withdrawals. I've been off it 100% for 3 months, and I have to remind myself daily that the long term misery is not worth the short term high. Just absolutely not worth it. If you want to feel good overall each day, you have to not be taking these drugs (that is if you abuse them when you have them). My hats off to anyone who can take them without abusing them, I don't have that power. And just to clarify what type of person I am, I'm not what you'd consider a normal person who's a drug addict. I'm a physicist with a good job, not a junkie on the streets. Drugs like this effect everyone.
If you're on them and not abusing them yet, stop as soon as you can! Anyone who thinks they can swing it and deal with it, just ends up dead. There's no such thing as a functioning opiate addict, you may think you can balance it at first, but it continues to get worse and worse, until you either stop completely, or die. That simple, in my mind. Also, keep in mind the damage you do to your brain by abusing them. That was a major selling point in me stopping, I realized I did serious damage to my opioid receptors. I struggle every day to be happy, 3 months after stopping. I only hope that someday I can just feel normal again.
Also, a major replacement for these drugs are being around people you love, trying to get off them without people you love around is a battle you'll likely lose and relapse.
09-23-2013, 07:06 PM #162
I was working for a pharmaceutical company til 2011. They kept asking us to make new flavors for codeine cough syrup...flavors like tropical fruit swirl and blue berry sundae. I had to quit because it was horrible what they are doing to the kids and youth in the US.
The wide availability of narcotic syrup has been established to be a gateway drug for youth. A cherry flavored introduction to eventual Oxycontin addiction and the pharma companies very much know this and exploit it to the maximum. The one target population whom they had trouble with for years and years (African Americans) has finally been sucked in thanks to one or two focused promotions into rap.
They (pharma) have made close to a trillion dollars since 2002 exploiting addiction gateways and then eventual large prescription purchases of Oxycontin to feed the habits.
These people should be offering free 28 day in-patient treatment for anyone who asks! They should be paying doctor bills and legal fees that families have to endure in this terrible mess. They have the money to offer extensive counseling and family support but yet they offer NONE!
Citizens, police, judges etc should not complain about pharmacy break-ins, street crime and especially Mexican Cartel related dealing of large quantities narcotics because they sit by and do nothing about the Pharmaceutical company corruption involved in this massive problem in the US!
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