Hi. I can here in hopes that someone can help me and, in general, give me some support that I am otherwise not getting from my friends or family. Im 28 years old and I have been addicted to prescription pain killers for about the past 5 years. I have 2 children and to make a long story short, it is ruining my life. I am not a bad person... this all started off as pain control for a very bad kidney condition that I have and turned into something I now have no control over. I am a slave to these drugs... getting my hands on whatever i can just to feel good enough to take care of my children, good enough to sleep at night. I desperately need out of this. I dont know what to do. I am so sick when I dont take them, I have major mood swings and snap at everyone. I take about 50 to 60mgs a day for the past couple of years and I cant even begin to imagine how bad the withdrawls are going to be from this but I HAVE to stop... for my children and for myself. Does anyone have any advise for me? Should I try methadone (which I heard is worse to try to get off of) or suboxone??? HELP PLEASE...
Hey KaraAnn, I am on Suboxone and went to an outpatient recovery center which had a support group. It was the best for me. I was taking about the same amount you were, just not as long. I don't know what resources you have as far as insurance goes, but, my experience was that my insurance wouldn't cover the program, but, it did cover the medicine. Suboxone is expensive but I only have to have a half a pill a day now. It is $7.75 per pill. I don't have insurance now and have to pay out of pocket. CVS lets me get a partial refill of as small as 2 pills. I started out on 1 eight milligram pill and tapered down pretty quickly.You stand a much better chance of getting off of them if you have at least one person you can get to help you that you trust and find a support group somewhere close by. I went to Townsend Recovery center and it is outpatient and annonymous and it is a chain, they are in several states. If you haven't already done so, join the suboxone and the methadone support groups here on the forum and read through all the old questions and posts. You will find some valuable information that should help you. If you put suboxone into your search bar at the very top of the page, you should be able to find a doctor near you who can write a prescription for it. They have to have a special license to write it out and they do tend to charge a fee for doing so and it varies. I am happy with suboxone and it really does work. I'll say a huge Prayer for you.
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