I have been taking vicodin for over three years, yellow football shaped. I do not even know what size they are, I have been getting them from a friend? who gets them from his doctor. I want off of these things so bad but just can't seem to do it, I have tried on my own but only last about three to four hours. I'm 46 years old, married with three older kids, two that still live with us. I just started a new job because the company I had been with for over 20 years closed down after the owner past away. Also, is it possible to just have these prescribe or is there a process you have to go through first, I'm asking because I can not afford to miss any work along with have myself be in a bad mood around my family. Would greatly appreciate any help
How long do you have to be off vicodin if you take 3 to 3 1/2 a day, over three years?
Added 11 Mar 2011:
I started taking Vicodin after being burned in a fire in 1993. I was on them for a little over a year and I can not even remember how I got off of them back then, I think I got the flu and was throwing up a lot and after that was over I just didn't need to take them anymore. I'm not making excuses for why I'm on them again because nobody made me take them I started myself because life was getting bad and I knew these would make me feel better. O well I'm the stupid ass for starting them again. I would also like to know how I would feel after being put on soboxin because I know the way I feel now is not right because I can never seem to stay focused anymore.
Get yourself into recovery, there are many great groups out there. It may sound counter-intuitive since you were getting these illegally, but there are many Doctors out there willing to help people who are serious about getting clean. The combination of a support group and a Doctor who knows how to treat addiction and withdrawal and is willing to help you taper down over a few months (yes, months), and time, are the winning formula.
Do it for your family, and, may be time to reevaluate who you consider a friend, who is contributing to the abuse that threatens all those of us who suffer from chronic pain. Your friends good intentions got you here, I would suggest you cut off your supply. If you're giving in after just a few hours you're fairly hooked. Stopping cold is not the way to go. You are not alone in this, the recovery community is vast and close by. Fess up, admit your errors, get the help and start enjoying life again.
Hope this helps.
- Vicodin Information for Consumers
- Vicodin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Vicodin (detailed)
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