I've been using percocet on and off for about 5 years for a sciatica problem. I was always able to stop, but I did have a tendency to abuse. 6 months ago, I injured my shoulder and needed surgery. The surgery didn't go well, I developed frozen shoulder, and recently had a second surgery to fix the problem. As a result of this, my percocet use got out of control. I started off with 1-2 10/325 a day and this quickly went up to as many as 10 per day. Things got out of hand, and I realized I could not and did not want to live this way. With the second surgery, I started taking lortab 7.5 and I've really been working on not abusing. My 2nd surgery was 3 weeks ago, and I've managed to take only 1-2 per day. I plan on going down to just one, then halves (I'm still in physical therapy). I have no more refills, and I don't plan on getting anymore. I want to be done with this. I'm scared of withdrawal, but know it is inevitable. I would be grateful for any tips, success stories, encouragement, etc. I need to be the strong person I know I am, and not the weak one these drugs are turning me into.
You are doing a great job! I don't think you're going to have any problems getting off of Opiates when your time is due and it's approaching quickly. You've gone from 10/325's, up to 10 at a time to 7.5's 1 to 2 a day, which is fantastic. I don't think you will suffer any w/d when you taper off as you are planning to do.
Please google Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, it will explain detail what is happening to your brain, the serotonin and norepinephrine (and dopamine) chemicals are all affected, causing anxiety and sometimes a true clinical depression, so if you find yourself spinning off into orbit with anxiety or crying your eyelashes off, see a psychiatrist straight away, but since you haven't felt this way since you started your taper I think you are out of the woods. I know a bit about this as I did it cold turkey from a very high dose of OxyContin, prescribed and not abused, so it matters not if one is abusing them or taking them legitimately, one can still become dependent or addicted.
You're going to do fantastic! If you've any problems hit an AA meeting and see what you think. I found AA better than NA, just my preference.
Of if you've any problems come back here and let us know how you are doing, I'm always around and will look for your name, just in case you get into a bad corner, but you won't!
Happy trails to you,
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