I haven't taken a pill of hydrocodone since April 14 which is great but my cravings for this drug are really bad and unstable. I have low motivation, unable to sleep and just feel like I need to get the drug again. I am seriously afraid of a relapse. It would be somewhat easy to get the pills again. Guys help me, what should I do when should the cravings for this subside it is getting close to a month now.
I'm sure I've posted this to you before, so please pardon my redundancy...
google Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, it will explain your lack of motivation and all your mood swings, if indeed you have them.
Serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine and endorphins are all affected when opiate cessation begins. PAWS can last from a few months to a few years, not saying that it will last that long for you though!!!
Knowledge is power, so arm yourself with it. The more you understand about what is happening to brain-soup the better prepared and more empowered you will be.
If the symptoms of post WD are too much to handle, please see your doc about an antidepressant. I had to go on one for a short time, and it helped. No shame in that.
Best wishes to you,
The mental pre-occupation and cravings are quite normal, especially early in recovery. But that doesn't mean you'll be fighting cravings forever. There are things you can do to help yourself through this process.
First off, I highly recommend you try NA (or AA, same program - just different substance) - as that is the best souce of support you can find. Openly discussing the cravings with others who have gone through the same thing is not only a relief, but often helps the cravings to pass. It seems like cravings are worse the more we hold them in, and tell no one about them. Most importantly, NA's 12 steps is the route out of the psychological and emotional aspects of addiction. It's how we learn better coping skills, as, in the past, another pill was our way of coping. Until you learn healthier ways of coping, the temptation of turning to a pill will continue to haunt you.
The more we fill our minds with this new way of life - through meetings, counseling, reading, prayer, etc - the less we obsess over the "old" way. We need to "fuel" our recovery much in the same way we "fueled" our addictions. Recovery is more than just removing the drugs from our body - it's also changing our thinking patterns and emotional responses.
You're after getting this far-over the wd's and all thet,the cravings will come and you will find that no matter how long you're off them pills you'll still get cravings but you need to be strong,get yourself into one of those meetings,stay busy,read everything around you,just keep that mind of yours busy so you dont have time to think about it!!
I understand its hard but do stay strong you're after coming so far.
I am going to fail. Tomorrow I see a DR for back pain and will probably end up on narcotics. I called a sub doctor and first thing out of his month was $300 up front but I don't see another way. Something happened to my brain, I just can't cope without medication. If all we had to worry about was withdrawal there wouldn't be addicts cause 7 days and you would be done it what comes after that is such a pain. I will soon fail everyone. I really think the next medication after this is going to be a 20 caliber bullet delivered to the head. That should fix the brain circuitry problem and everything else. Man, I am in a real bad place. Nearly a month sober :( and I am just not strong enough...
Do let us know how things are going for you,I was very sad to read your last post,i do hope you have the idea of ending your life out of your head,that is not the answer,think of those who are left behind,it's not just you in this mate its your friends and family too. I do hope you get through this,if the cravings are that bad that your thinking of ending your life then take the pills but you could be back at the start.I'm wishing you well and sending my thoughts and prayers to you
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