I had become severely addicted to hydrocodone 7.5/325 after 3.5 years of legitimate use. My untreatable condition somehow improved to nearly no pain but I continued the narcotic and increased it as tolerance and addiction grew. Finally, This month I said enough and put a end to it. I called all the DRs how write scrips for me and said I was addicted and not to give me any narcotics then I checked myself into the VA hospital psych unit for a 5 day detox. Strange thing is I didn't have cravings or withdrawals and the way they tapered me down my first day of no narcotic was my last day of detox April 15. I am 14 days clean now but I have terrible cravings. I really want to take the med and am ashamed of it. I have thought out plans to get more but haven't yet acted. It is a dangerous time for me and I feel I could easily relapse. I have heard great things about Suboxone but it is still a narcotic and that makes me afraid that I will substitute one drug for another. My question is should I ask for suboxone to prevent relapse or should I just grit my teeth and keep going forward. I am told 6 weeks and I should be over the worst of the cravings and six months and this episode of my life is over. What do you guys suggest?
Firstly well done on your progress,14days clean,thats great you must be so proud.I can understand that when you are in detox there is less temptation and you are most adamant to become clean quickly,but you have to be realisitc,you dont want to go down the road of going looking for pills at this stage to stop the cravings,you will then be back to square one,is it possible for you to ring the clinic where you detoxed ant explain to them how you are??
They can maybe suggest the suboxone to get you through these cravings or perhaps something else.Do not feel ashamed,noone here is going to judge how you're feeling or what you have to say.I think it would be wise to contact the clinic or your own doc if you think this is a dangerous time for you,please dont act out on seeking the drugs you crave.You've come this far and i know its hard but think of how much it will be worth it in the end.Make that call my friend.You are not alone,there are alot of kind ...
caring people on this site that can help you through this.Keep posting and let us know how you are getting on
CONGRATULATIONS on your freedom from opiates. You are on the right path and need to remember from where you came. Do you really want to go back there? I recommend you get into some addiction counseling so to learn the tools need to combat the temptation to use again if for no other reason. You can join a Narcotics Anonymous group and they will teach you how to stay clean. Of course, you have the option of Suboxone. If it were me, I would get my tail end to as many NA meetings as I could and get a sponsor and get on with a clean and free life. I have been to many NA and AA meetings, maybe I'm partial, but I really do recommend them. You can google Narcotics Anonymous and find meetings near you.
Just my thoughts, wishing you the very best,
CONGRATS!! I think that if you think you can do it on your own then do. I took methadone to get off pain killers and became more addicted to it than I was the pain killers and the WD's were hell! I then had to go to a detox center for the methadone. However I have heard great things about Suboxone (it wasn't available in my state when I was needing help). I have taken it a couple of times for pain relief b/c I don't like taking the actual pain killers. I have not found it addicting so if you think you need the help go for it but it is always better if you can do it on your own. Hope this helps!
If u r thinking this way then get Help! congrats on your road 2 recovery.i have taken saboxone & im so mad @ myself for going back onpain meds.saboxone is wonderful.i never been addicted to it cause i never stayed on it long @ all.u dont feel high just normal.if u do just stay on for a month then tapper off.u will have energy & feel great! u r blessed 2 be somewhere u can get help.stay on the right track.also some drs dont allow u to take xanax clonipin or drugs like that while on sab.but some do.this is why my dr cut me off.so ask all the ? before getting into this.thats a hrd fight.opiates make u feel so good its the price u have to pay.
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