I told my wife to help me get off the pills. She was clueless. I guess I did a good job hiding it for the last 4 years. Here's my story... I'm a 44 year old male, college educated, great job, 2 teenage boys, and a wife to die for. So how did I get hooked on Norco... good question. But it happens. I've been somewhat unlucky in my athletic endeavors and through various injuries have had 9 surgeries. Add to that 2 kidney stones and a severe migraine sufferer, I have taken my share of pain medications over the years. However, even after 8 surgeries I was still able to put down the bottle of pills. But then came the 9th one, a hernia repair, followed quickly by a kidney stone and I was hooked. At first I just took as many Vicodin as I could find, buy, or steal. Then I talked my old country doc into Norco's and without any hesitation he's kept me supplied for the last 18 months. At first when I'd run out, I didn't have any problems physically, but mentally I was always trying to figure out how to get some more until my next refill. Then one day I ran out and I was hurting bad. Couldn't sleep, RLS, the whole nine yards. Then I knew I was hooked. That was about a year ago. Since then I've managed them so I wouldn't run out, always thinking that this was going to be my last refill. HA! Yea, right. Last month I went heavy on them, knowing at the end of the month I'd be short and have to taper down. It worked. I went 72 hours and only took one pill, my last one. I was almost there, and then the pharmacy called... my refill was ready. Well, you know what happened. So now, I'm about halfway through that refill, leaving work early, or at lunch, taking 2 before I go to work, all those bad habits. So tonight before my wife went to bed I said, "Let's play doctor." Of course she said she had a headache (which I knew she would), so I said you just be my nurse then, and give me one of these every night for a week as I want to taper off this "sleep" medicine. She said that that didn't sound like tapering off. I said it is, and that I'd tell her when I needed one. So here I sit, a newbie to this site, hoping for some support as I get ready for some long days. I just hope she hides them, and I can keep from tearing the place down looking for them. And I hope she doesn't get too curious as to why she's doing it. But if she does, I'm ready. Because... it's time. If you've got some words of encouragement, they'd be much appreciated.
I did it. Well, I haven't actually beat it yet, but tonight I took the first step?
- 13 Oct 2011 by itstime
- 13 October 2011
Perhaps you should tell your wife to hide the pills, come right out with it so she can help you taper? Tis an idea.
And welcome to this site, it's a great place filled with compassionate and caring people.
How many Norco were you taking? And are you suffering from withdrawals yet? If so, let us know. We can help with symptoms of WD.
I did it cold turkey after ten years of prescribed (never abused) OxyContin and a picnic it was not! So, if you need any help with WD symptoms, just come out with it, don't be shy about it of course!!
You may want to google a couple of things, The Thomas Recipe, tis a diary and a list of otc and rx meds you may need while in WD. Google Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome as well. This explains, in detail, why we all feel so bad mentally speaking whilst withdrawing from opiates. Brain soup gets all wonky when opiate cessation begins, chemicals like serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine and endorphins are all affected.
Post often if you need help! And welcome to this site, if you are a newbie!
Welcome to the site it'stime! Am so glad you have figured out that you have an addiction problem. Tapering is the easiest way to go when wanting off a prescription drug habit. If you take 6 a day, you start by taking 5 1/2 a day for 5 to 7 days, then you take 5 a day for 5 days, then 4 1/2 for 5 to seven days etc... til you are down to just 1/2 of a pill. At that time you take it for 5 days,(1/2 a pill) then every other day than stop. This should keep you from withdrawals. You do not want them believe me. Most people with the exception of a few like my friend sweet lemon, don't make it. It is horrible. Sweats, shaking, diarreah(sp), sick, throwing up etc... If the taper doesn't work, then you need to talk to your doctor, & have him help you. Now you realize if you have another injury that you won't be able to take this med or other pain pills again don't you? You will go right back to your same old ways.
I commend you & wish you the best in your endeavor to quit... Good luck. Just keep remembering your family needs you. Explain all this to your wife, & have her lock up your pills & dole them out to you, or otherwise you may be a complete druggie & she shouldn't want that...
Itstime you are exactly right the first step os definatly what you need. Take it one step at a time one second one min on hr one day you can do it. That's the way it begun that's the way it has to stop. This is not a one day oh stop thing this is going to be a lifetime effort. Be honest with yur wife she said for better or for worse and I guarentee you if you stay honest threw the good and the bad she is gonna be beside you the whole time there will be times she will hold yu up or you may even her but you will make it threw. The hard times when honesty may seem to hurt more than its worth the trueth is it makes it worth even more. You can do this and the fact is you have a family to help at home and here we gt your back and if your wife would like to have someoone else tell her we are here. And your kids I would let them know in advance you are sick and you are gonna get better t let them no in advance that you are sorry for anything that may happen but you love them.
Let us know how you are keep us up on your progress take care I wish you healthy happy days jaime litlmommag
Look at my profile same as you. i quit and feel better for it. Poping 40 mgs oxycotins like candy. I am now on suboxone 2mgs per day that is it. i do not need any more. My live is so much better. I know the game we all do. It will catch up to you. I think you are ready to quit. You are in the right place. I will and I am sure many others here will help you. Save your marriage, your job, your life and your self esteem, You sound like a very strong man, that is like us all weak in this one nasty area. You can do it. i was on the opiates for many years. I did.
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