Can anyone tell me the easiest way to quit opiates such as hydrocodone, vicodin, percocet, etc?? My husband and I have tried repeatedly but the withdraws are unbearable!!!
The easiest way to quit is probably the Suboxone route. You may google 'Subdoc's' in your area to find a list, I believe you just add your zip code if you are in the USA. Suboxone quells cravings and stop WD immediately. However, one must be in WD before one is inducted on Suboxone or Subutex. I am no expert on either med, yet others on this site are and they will be along very soon to help you.
Cold turkey can be hellish indeed, I did it and don't recommend it.
Best wishes to you and your husband!! And welcome to a great website!!
As sweetlemon suggested one route is to take the medicine Suboxone. This requires working with a certified doctor who is qualified to prescribe. You can locate docs in your area by going to Suboxone.com and using their doctor locator. Another alternative is to taper from the opiates which takes determination but can be done without much in the way of withdrawal compared to cold turkey. Slowly reducing your dosage every few days overtime allows the body to adjust without sending it into full blown withdrawals.
Investigate Suboxone. You have to be in withdrawals before you can start taking it and eventually have to taper from it. Once you are on it, it will stop all withdrawals and cravings. They also recommend you attend addiction's counseling so to learn the tools to stay clean. If you find after calling several of the doctors that prescribe it, you can not afford this route would be certainly happy to help with a taper plan or if you just prefer to go this way, let me know. Here to support your efforts.
Hi there! I just wanted to add my support to everyone else's here. I am currently on Suboxone and am feeling better today than I have in years. I have a few questions, and I am not trying to be a busy body, I just don't have all the facts. Are you or have you been on the hydros due to an injury or chronic pain? Is this just a recreation that got out of control? Reason I am asking is there are a few things that may need to also be addressed prior to quitting the meds. Are you on any other medications?
Sorry for all of the questions, but we really are here to help,
Good afternoon. I am checking in with you, just as I promised. Were you able to read all of the posts here pertaining to your question?
I want to continue our conversation, but also wanted to make sure we are all on the same page as far as subs / no subs goes.
Please post when you have time.
It has been two days since your post. I hope you are well. I know what you are going through and I wish I could give you a straight answer but it is different for all. I can tell you the fastest was is just to quit. I have no idea how long and how many pills you were taking but you know it, we all do. It sounds like you have tried that though and if you have not been successful or feel you will not be again then as many have mentioned seek a professional that can help you with suboxone. It is not for everyone but it does certainly help actually make the withdrawals non-existent. But, you will also have a dependancy on them. As Pup an otehr have said, it is not as bad as the painpills but you must soon develop a taper plan that will decrease your usage and diminish the bad withdrawals. It is why most of us are here. I am at that stage right now ( 2mgs per day of suboxone) and am hoping to start tapering in a couple of months. I wish you and your husband the best of luck.
Please make that first step and try to see someone that can help you.
You will feel so much better.
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