I am sick of my life revolving around going ot a clinic, I want to just quit cold turkey, I can go 2-3 days without it and not feel to bad, I take benadryl to take the edge off..I just dont understand any of it, how can u get off it? how does it get out of your system? I have asked at the clinic, but i get a vauge answer..I just need any advice i can get.. I am sick of it running my life.. Please someone help me with some answers..
I am trying to get off Methadone, on 50mg and now 30..How does this get out of ur system?I need help
Added 1 Dec 2009:
Well I am not sure if i am doing the right thing or not, but I havent been back to the clinic my last does was wed before thanksgiving, first 3-4 days were not bad, tonite i feel like hell, its like different part of my body ache so bad, i mean to the point of tears, I am going to give this a try, but it seems to keep getting worse, but i havent taken anything other then bendryal, and i wont take anything, i just hope i can get thru this, i dont want to go back to the clinic..
Before I had to be on narcotics for what became chronic pain,I was presribed Methadone for pain. I was going to say that if you have a prescription for it you could just taper your self down but you go to a clinic. You can still do the same thing. Say you say your on 50mg a day. Make sure you shake it real well to make sure it's uniform,take half,a quarter,whatever you can take without getting sick,and just slowly,or as quick as you want(Or can tolerate) and just keep reducing it down until your off. The cold turkey thing is very hard if not unbarable. Some kind of sedative would help,but that's just another addictive drug to have to worry about. I happen to be a person that really believes medical Marijauna is a very good medicinal drug,espiacially for opiate withdrawl.
It's actully one of the only thing besides more opiates that I've found helps at all,and stopping isn't hard at all,(my opinion). It could take place of Benzodiazapines,which if you are on for awhile and try to stop cold turkey,will many times cause siezures. I don't know what the laws on medical Marijauana are so I don't know how you would get it but I swear it works. It's an overlooked drug that even though they make pharmicutical pot(MARINOL) the method of ingestion i.e. smoking versus ingesting,has many people still wanting the plant material. Between those two things I think( and have) used to get off Methadone. I don't know your feelings about pot,but like I said what I mentioned works,otherwise see what other people say and pick what you think would work best for you. Good luck. J.
Please check the Thomas Recipe out on this site and call some health food stores to see if they have it in a kit or available separately. It is several supplements and over the counter meds that will help you deal with the symptoms of withdrawal when the time comes. Best of Luck. I will keep you in my Prayers.
It is so good to see you are able to come down in your dosses so easy, and that you can go between each dose 2-3 days is also remarkable. Remember metadone as a long half life and will stay in your body longer than normal opiates, but to me this shows that the addiction does not have as great a hold on you as it did me, it took using suboxone for 5 years to break my opiate addictive life-style, I would crave opiates every hour, and never go 2-3 days without feeling horrible, "before suboxone". I am off subs now too, So it can be done, and you are on the right road. Good Luck!!! Fight the good Fight!!!
Good to hear from you, it does get easier day to day, just remember it started out terrible, then you would have 10 mins that wasn't so bad, then you could have an hour that wasn't bad while watching a movie (or something like that) my point is the good times get longer and the hard times get shorter. It's a long hard walk all the way through addiction, but I know you can see the light and thats when everything starts to come together. The next time you are going through something tough think about where you been, it won't seem so bad. Know that you have accomplished already what most people can not endore. Good Luck!!! and as always Fight the Good Fight!!!
I had pains in my legs for two weeks, not real bad pain just enough to keep me awake or like I just got done running a couple miles the sleep depervation from the restless legs was the worse part. Potassium through the day helps, vitamins or with banannas. If you had a good day today, expect tomorrow to be just as good. At this point it's a ride down the hill not up it. Think about how far you have come, nobody probably knew how bad this really was except you. REMEMBER how bad this was, before you ever think of using again. Each day will get better, and the leg pains will subside soon. The leg pains are nowhere like the acute symptoms, so think of that if they hurt. You have shown that you are stronger than you even knew you where, and you will be able to carry that with you forever. You are now a successful warrior in the fight against addiction. Once you get a little better go help someone else, on here or someone you know. Just remember you can't help someone that doesn't want to quit. Obviously you know why, its just to hard unless you want it bad. Fight the good Fight!!!
You are going to to fine today, it will be atleast as good as yesterday, remember you are rolling down the hill. Your husband will be lucky too have someone that has made the journey, it may end up being the reason he quits someday. When he see's it can be done, like you have, the possibility will become a reallity. He is probably not ready and that could be why the support is not there. He may think as soon as you are off, you will want him off, and that scares him. Be understanding and let him work his addiction how he has to you should be supportive without being an enabler, that is hard to do. DO NOT! give up your achievments, because your really already there, so concentrate on yourself for now then help someone else. Your husband will come in his own time. Good Luck!!! Fight the good Fight!!!
I just wanted to tell you that you should be very proud of yourself getting of methadone. I have been on methadone for over ten years and sometimes I think I will never get off it. I am not a very strong person. You are doing so well. Take care and stay strong. Reading posts like yours gives me some small hope for myself. Julie
rachel and jude, You guys both don't realize how great you are both doing, Jude you are doing things you haven't done or at least have been "un heared of" (shopping) you say your steady and with the medical issues you have, there are reasons you have to take certain meds. There is no shame in that, would you be ashamed if you took meds for high blood pressure, high colesterol, or diabetes. No, nobody is and just like yours, they are diseases with symptoms that must be controlled. You should never be un happy about being the heathiest person you can be. All this under super stress just keep up what you are doing. Great Job!
You are amazing, you are doing great and already helping other people in their fight. There will soon be a time when beating this is not as exciting as when you first get past the acute and post acute stages. There will be times of emotional high and lows but, the highs are not as high and the lows are not as low. With that said, don't let that bore you into a mistake. When we all started to get high it was because we needed a change or liked the change drugs gave us. Start new activities, set goals, gain friends, or fix relationships drugs have cost you (if there are any) Just stay as far forward from drugs or opiates as you can. You have made it, the rest of the ride is easy. Fight the good Fight!!!
Rachel you have come so far! You are making big decisions with a clear head! Your are having w/d's but nothing you can't handle! All of these statements make me so proud of you, they are a testament to the person you have become. I feel, and have felt, that you are, and have been, out of the woods for some time now. You can only become stronger "What ever doesn't kill us, makes us stronger!" I am very proud at how you have returned to the boards to help other people with questions and answers. I don't get on as much as when I was going through w/d's or PAWS, But our lives get busy once we don't have to be scared of not having our opiates anymore. Just remember how this board helped you get where you are now, and every once in awhile try to help someone out. Even if it's just a few nice words. I needed it at one time, just like you did, now we must continue for the sake of the people who helped us.
I am going to try to compile a list of a few of the people that helped me, and send out a thanks. On a personal note you were one of the largest contributors to that assignment. Thank you!!! REMEMBER! Fight the good Fight!!!
racheal and jude,
How are you? I have not been on the computer in a couple of days to check on you guys. I hope everything is still going strong, remember that even though you get through tough times there are still the every day stresses of life. Probably the reasons we started our addictions. Stay strong and vigilant, racheal you should be just coming through your post acute symptoms and starting to have some totally regular days. The excitement of being clean is sometimes deminished by the boredom of everyday life, this is a bad thing for an addict. That is the reason why you have to go through such hard w/d's, the pain and frustration of w/d should make it so you never want too go through it again.
Jude hope everything is OK with your health, maintain a regular dose and drop as you feel comfortable. When you lower your dose and get comfortable for awhile then lower it again. Remember that if your body is in pain, then your body is in disstress which can harm you more than the drug itself. Try to stay away from the addiction habits. i.e. taking more than is prescribed, double doses, counting pills, or anything else that makes you feel as if the pills dominate your life.
Good Luck to both of you, Keep in touch when you can. I know you both are going to do great.
FAMILYMAN!!! Fight the good Fight!!!
hi how r u i am a 26 yr old female i hav been on the clinic for a year and a half and i konw how u feel. i felt that way untill i startede to get take homes i now have five. i will get my sixth one next week. let me tell u i feel more free than ever. i mean it does suck sometimes having to take it everymorening remeber were i put my bottles and to take them with me twice a week but its better than getting high everyday. i found out i was pregnat jan of 09 and that was it i had to clean up. my son will be a yr on thurday and i have never been better. u should really think of what ur ding it can take six months its gonna get worse hon do it teh right way and taper off trust me good luck it wat ever u decide
I currently take methadone to treat opiate addiction as well and I agree that it is way too painful to try and stop cold turkey, i felt okay for about 2 days but on the third day the pain started coming and only got worse until I went back on it. I have been told by my doctor that the best way to come off takes quite a while but you wont feel any discomfort. You gradually taper yourself down by reducing 1 mg. every week, it will obviously take a long time to do but you will not feel the pain and discomfort that you would when you just abruptly stop.
Not sure it's appropriate for me to comment here, as I am not the family member trying to get off Methadone. It is my husband. But here goes
anyway (& let me know folks if it is not comfortable hearing from a family support person vs direct communication, but my husband chooses to isolate and it appears he's "going it alone" poor guy!). Rachel, what I wanted to say to you is that it seems to me to be critical to seek your own solutions outside the clinic, as they have kinda a conflict of interest with helping you to get off the stuff. For example, NO ONE mentioned (neither the clinic or my husband's regular doc who knows a lot about addiction & healing) that he absolutely must take a very strict vitamin & mineral supplemental regimen. Do you have someone to help you advocate for yourself?
My husband was taking something like 128 mg/day & got sick & tired of being so tied into it - the blessings
with the stuff is that he was no longer chasing pills for pain & addiction. Going to the clinic is controlled & completely necessary for him given his inability to manage meds. When my brother died, however, 2 years ago
this month, my husband felt the extreme bondage of being unable to come & be with me at a time when he wanted to (unplanned trips are a problem, as you most all know!). Since that time he'd been just ruminating about wanting to get off the stuff. But made the decision, with the help of the clinic doctor to step down 2 mg per week - a very slow taper. It's been a couple months now he's I believe at just below 100 mg & says the Fri's when the taper starts are the worst. But in my personal pity party I would say there's some sort of psychological barrier he's crossed at "below 100" because he is just a pain to be around. Very critical & judgemental, paranoid even. I'm having a hard time being sympathetic because the good times, just aren't. We have booked a trip across country with the family (we have 3 daughters together) and I am trying very hard to remain optimistic & not fall into the co-dependent tendency to have everything revolve around him & his moodiness. The trip will probably be good for him (they'll let him take a week supply with him, but I know he secretly worries out of his very insanely safe comfort zone he might mess up with the bottles and/or alcohol). I tell myself just take care of myself & the girls & if he falls while we're gone, put him on a plane back home. Sounds cold, doesn't it, but things are so incredibly empty and difficult living with someone who is really trying to get clean, but won't connect with other addicts. I call it addiction arrogance! Any tips??
Also: do those of you who use supplements feel it has made a difference for you in terms of the way you feel? Thanks for listening...
I am so happy for you. Happy that your withdrawls went on downlow. I just quit methadone myself. Its my 8th day without it. I stopped at 2 mills. And as a man I CANT imagine HOW STRONG as a women you have to be, to be able to stop at 30 mills. Because even at 2 mills I still had restless legs, insomnia, extreme sweating and yawning, anxiety. Now I feel fine. Still have alittle sweating, yawning in the morning. But I already sleep for about 8-9 hours at night(still with help of clonidines) I am so proud of you, because I know myself I wouldnt be able to do it cold turkey with that dose! And I know that women(by my ex girlfriend) have harder time to withdraw.Because women run on higher ammount of natural opiats. Also some girls feel pain, anxiety in a head more then in a body. Even alittle sicknes drove her nuts. So seen you been able to do it, proves how strong of a person you are. Maybe you werent that strong when you were using. But now you are!! Write down your worst withdrawal.
And if you have temtetions to use. Just read it to yourself. I have to warn you through time your brain forgets how painfull it. Make sure you write it down. Good luck. And huge respect!
I totally agree with you.
I stopped taking my Meth this friday.
and im goin thru hell. but, this is the last time Im going to visit Hell!
Im done with opiates.
we all have to live with some sort of pain, and there IS alternatives to opiates.
Methadone has a halflife of about 24-36 hours, (time it takes to get out of your system) Im finding that if you drink lots of fluids, gateraid cuz of platelets, and OR try the thomas recipe.
alot of ppl have had success with that.
above all, know that you are NOT alone. and for one, I can be reached here most days, we can do it together if ya like!
keep posting here, and never give in, your body is going to beg you for the stuff believe me.
realise tho, you DO have to pay for what youve put into your body somehow right?
just know, it wont lat for ever, you WILL detox from it, and fell a ton better for doing so!
good luck and god bless.
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