Have been on 30mg x 20 to 30 pills for 17 yrs. Plus Valium again for a year. I've cut down to 3 codeine but am so angry an cold and pointless. Is this normal. How long until or if it passes? Please, I have no one and I am a mum to 5 children. Everything is falling apart around me. Can anyone help?
20 to 30 pills a day for 17 years would give you an epic habit. You sound like you are doing well all things considered. As I have only ever been severely addicted to regular unmodified opiates, I have never had to suffer from full blown withdrawals for more than 5 days at a time. Feeling out of control is normal.
Congratulations on doing what you have done.
It takes real inner strength to get where you are !
It also takes a loving person to put the needs of your children above yours.
Feed off these qualities to get you through this time.
Make sure your nutrition is good (no junk food or sugar.
Drink as much fluid as you can.
Use your friends for help. You will be the one someday to be the guiding force in someone else's life.
Be aware that the emotional response will remain to look for a pill. Be pro-active and make a plan as to how to get through this time.
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