I started taking vicodin at the age of 15 and am now an unemployed 20 year old hoping to get my life back on track and kick this habit. It use to be an on and off thing but grew into an addiction. Since 2008 I have only been able to quit for 1 1/2 weeks at a time. The past 10 months have been the worst. I've only gone one day without having them and even that was complete hell. I freak out when I think I'm not going to get any and I have dreams about finding them in my house when I'm running low. It may not seem like a lot but I'm currently taking around 3-4 10/325 pills a day, everyday. Withdrawals completely kill me. The two things I struggle most with are anxiety and the inability to sleep. It drives me absolutely insane. The anxiety gets so bad that I just want to punch myself. I'm quitting cold turkey. I've heard exercise works wonders for the fatigue, which is something I'm going to try. I don't want to poison my body with any more prescription drugs to help with the withdrawals, no matter how bad they get. I feel that I'm too at risk at becoming addicted to something else as a replacement. I was wondering if anyone can offer advice on anything non-prescription that can help me with the withdrawals (anxiety, insomnia, malaise, depression, muscle aches). Vitamins, herbal supplements, natural home remedies, or anything non-drug related would be greatly appreciated.
I recommend that you google the "Thomas recipe" for opiate withdrawal. It is a list of mostly over the counter medicines to help with opiate withdrawal. It does recommend a benzodizepine such as valium or xanax, but you would not have to get a script for that. You might also consider tapering off the vicodin particularly since you are not taking that many. If you slowly reduce your dosage over time you can avoid most of the withdrawals. Just a thought, if you would like a taper plan, would be glad to help.
Hi Sugar. I am currently on my second cold turkey attempt from a 6 year vicodin addiction. My first attempt was like going to hell and back, and believe me when I tell you I sometimes think I'm crazy to be back here again, but addiction is strong and the withdrawls are the strongest test of your will you will ever have. It's hard to go cold turkey without some kind of prescribed drug. The only one I have used however is a sleeping aid, which they have plenty of natural ones for you to take since you don't want to take anything prescribed. Hardly anything is going to help you with your craving and the restless leg syndrome that probably drives you more insane at night. It's almost 4am now and I am still awake even after taking my trusty sleeping aid, but then again its only day three, which peaks tremendously.
Espom salt in a super hot bath helps with the leg aches but not for very long, and yes working out is the best thing to speed up the process, and it also helps with the restless legs, sadly you won't have enough energy to try that until day 5 or 6 if your lucky. Eat lots of bananas its about all I could stomach, as well as yogurt and bananas. Water is a must. Your going to have to force yourself to try all of these things but anything is better then the pain or releasing when you want to quit. Take regular over the counter Motrin to help with pain, also nyquil is somewhat helpful because it contains dxm which helps with cravings, but you kinda have to take a little more then recommen
ded. So that's up to you. There is not much I cam say to help you with the mental desperation. You will be plagued with guilt shame and constantly tempted to just take some, just a little will take the pain away right? But remember if you fall you will just begin square one over again and it gets worse as the days go on before it gets better. There wl be a mental war in your mind and and you will feel super depressed. Just remind yourself that your strong enough to make it one more day. Every little step counts good luck. We can all beat this. We just have to remember we were once strong before we let the drug drag us down and now its time to fight back for your life.
P.s the insomnia and restless legs are by far the worse for me. I do lots of crying but music helps me a lot!
I was watching Dr. Oz yesterday & they said California Poppy was a great natural remedy for nerve & muscle pain. It's supposed to be a great replacement for pain killers, I proferen, etc. it also helps with insomnia. 3/4 of a tsp right before bed. I ordered mine yesterday-hope it works:)
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