I have been using percocet for eight months about 4 to 5 days a week I use about 60-70 mgs. I am not prescribed, but a friend was and had given me some and now im hooked. how can i stop and do i need a detox center. i don't want to go to one as only one person knows my situation and i dont want to lose my job. please help thank you so much I guess I am supossed to write some more as it says my question is too short. Well, I think my problem is more psychological as i feel so anxious when i run out of pills and i think if i dont have any, i will have a really serious problem physically with fatal consequences. I heard people say if you stop cold turkey, that you could have severe seizures and possibly die. I am so scared and not sure what to do at this point. I have never used drugs, except for a few times when i was in my early 20s(pot, cocaine) never got hooked. Now I am 38 years old and ruining my life on these pills. Again any advice would be much appreciated. Sincerely, Elle
Hi there Elle. First, by stopping perc's cold turkey, you will NOT die. That is a myth. There's only 2 substances you need medical supervision when quitting, alcohol and benzo's. What you need to do is come to terms with this addiction. So many people have been there and quit successfully. HOW you choose to do this is up to you. Personally, I prefer a slow taper from the meds. Others recommend suboxone treatment. What ever way you chose to go, counseling is very important. You mentioned 4-5 days per week. How do you feel on the days you don't take any? If you wanted to try suboxone, you would be able to start right after the few days you take off from the perc's. If you want to taper slowly, when you resume the perc's, take one less per day and let your system adjust to the lower dose for at least 10 days. Then take one less after that. The trick is allowing enough time in between decreases for your system to adjust. The longer you take to ween down the better. When you get down to 1 or 2 per day, you can start halving the pills and even skip days too. Before you know it, you're down to 1/2 a pill, then even 1/4 pill, then switch to advil and walla! But I can't stress enough how important it is to fill that void with something positive. Stay active, talk with others in the same boat, even keep a journal. Focus on all things positive and know in your heart this can be done and you'll feel so much better when you're free of the pills.
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