Say you were stranded in a desparate situation, people out here (AZ) get lost in the desert for weeks sometimes. I am constantly paranoid on how I would be able to react when one of those situations finally arise. It is a motivating factor for me to quit. Anyone else think along these lines?
Someone on another site brought this up after the Earthquake/Tsunami devastated Japan. So yes, you do have a point no one really wants to think about. My answer is Sub is only 1 of the meds I must have. I'm also on 3 heart meds. I can't stay without them for very long. One is a diuretic/Blood Pressure med. Without it my legs will become too swollen to walk very far. In the event of a disaster, I have to hope I get killed in the disaster. There are just too many meds I need and cannot stay without. Besides this, I tried to stay without opiates last Winter. It isn't possible for me anymore. I've been on them too long now, and I'm too old to expect my brain to go back to normal functioning. Perhaps it can be done, but it would entail over 1 year of suffering. And then I would still have all the problems I started taking opiates for in the beginning.
But if you don't really need to be on Sub, then yes, taper yourself off. The longer you stay on Sub, the harder it will be.
Not that many people get lost in the desert out here! Only if you are really stupid enough to go out hiking off trails with one small bottle of water. Or once in a while some older person with dementia wanders or drives off and gets lost. Just make sure you stay on a trail and that someone knows where you went or better yet-dont hike alone. Yes. I have thought about that too. I think all of us who are dependent on medications have thought about what we would do. Best thing is to keep a small emergency "kit" with extra medications. Back after one of the last big earthquakes they told people to stockpile emergency stuff like this You cant prepare for every emergency but it is something to stop and think about when you depend on meds. Actually withdrawals off opioids wont kill you-you just feel like it will.
More dangerous is like the other poster said-heartmeds and people who need anti-rejection drugs, diabetics with insulin-there are a lot of scenarios but yes-it is a reason to eliminate non-essential drugs from your life. You can only try to be as prepared as you can and be careful not to put yourself in dangerous situations like hiking off a trail in the desert in 100 degree heat with little or no water. I actually try to keep a gallon of potable water in the trunk of my car for that very reason-especially in summer because you never know if you will have car trouble. Out here dehydration is a worse threat than going without my pain meds. The water may be warm to drink but it could save the lives of me and my kids if we get stranded. I just try to be as prepared as I can and figure I will cross those bridges when they come rather than worry about something that may or may not happen. Most people really do perform better in an actual emergency, if it happens, than they think they will. Worry about what you can change and leave the things you cant to a higher power.
Just a quick response, most people today have a cell phone. Be sure it is fully charged before you go on any type of adventure. Whenever my husband & I travel we always take more meds with us then are required because you never know what may happen when you leave home. We will both be on certain meds all of our lives, so that is how I handle this. Congratulations if you are trying to quit. I hope you make it, & have my full support all the way...
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