I've been addicted to perc's for bout 3 years now. Started @ the 5 milligram ones, to the teens and 30's and quite alot of them in a day. I don't want them anymore but cannot handle the withdraws. I get suboxone off the street to handle myself when don't have the other. A lesser of two evils I suppose. However, even now, mainly taking the subs more often than the perc's, I still have the same hardcore symptoms if I even try to go without taking part of a sub. I hate pills really, from coming from a family of this exact addiction I guess I thought u really didn't become dependant on them... just didn't want to stop. I was wrong and now dealing with the reality myself. My question boils down to this- is there a one time pill u can take (maybe for a week tops) that could and would totally rid u of having to take suboxone over an extended period of time? It's a vicious cycle I go through. If I can't find any sub's, I go back to perc's and the nightmare continues. I don't even want to take the sub's, but in order to function as a human, mother, wife, employee, part of society... I need to. Is there another way to just shake this monkey off my back with just one swift kick? Probably not for I've looked @ numerous sites already... but maybe this one might give me more hope??? Thanks
I can relate to what you are going through, but
11 years ago when I was addicted to vicadin, I ended up realizing that for me to continue making it to classes, I was taking a full load, and working, something was going to have to give. Although I would have likeda quick fix, I took the advice of a friend and called a local methadone clinic. 11 years ago I don't remember Suboxone being an option. Now I believe many clinics offer methadone or buprenex and suboxone. For me I am still on methadone and haven't touched pain pills since. I knows its a commitment either way, but it saved my life. Just one small other bit of info, I saw a documentary on a drug called Ibogaine. Look it up online, as it doesn't seem right for me, it seems to have worked for many people. Good luck and take care...
There is really no quick fix for opiate addiction. There are the choices of methadone, suboxone, and naltrexone. Ibogaine or Iboga I don't believe is legal in the US. Each of these meds excluding the Iboga require a length of treatment longer than a week. If you want to be done with this monkey on your back in one week, then cold turkey is the way to go and that still will take a bit longer than a week to recover.
I wish there was an easier way. You can google the Thomas recipe for opiate withdrawal. It will help you through the worst if you decide to cold turkey.
The other piece to recovery from addiction is counseling. Learning the tools to stay clean is critical. Addiction's therapy will help you address the issues that lead you down this road and help you not go down it again. Each of the above medications will address the physical, but the mental is a big part of the recovery process.
Best of luck and here to support you whatever you decide,
My boyfriend is trying to get off suboxone right now..he says that his dosage was much too high when they started him on it as getting off heroin. From what I've read and experienced with him you should taper off the suboxone and then look up the Thomas Recipe as he will have to start thinking about also.
Hi wishful - I know, its a crazy, vicious thing, isn't it? Unfortunately, once we've reached the point of needing something desperately to avoid withdrawal, we also seem to forget the concept of moderation or slow detox. They go hand in hand. There is such a thing as rapid detox, but I wouldn't suggest it. Its hard on the body, and your brain & body are now dependent on those meds, and have made physical adaptations to accommodate the meds. And, even after you've gone through it, there are still residual symptoms. Laurie's right about addiction counseling. We need to have a different mind set if we're going to be free of the insanity of chasing the meds. I can only suggest what I did, and that was that I approached being clean with a certain voracity. I went to all kinds of 12 step groups, wherever I happened to be in the day. I changed certain friends to ones who would support and encourage me.
I also worked full time while completing grad degrees, while getting sober/clean, and raising a young child. I had to want it so badly that nothing could deter me. Even then, there were hardships and setbacks. But, 3 years isn't too long to be on pain meds. Perhaps you could go somewhere for 7-10 days just to get through the hardest part and keep you from getting the meds again when you start to detox. I had to do that... to be unable to access those meds. It helps when you have no option! Or, try the slow Subox. detox, if you have control over how much you're taking. Good luck!
Hi wishful , I was, or should I say probably still am in your same position, but it is getting better with a tapering method which seems to be working for me. I am a mom and a grandma who started taking perc for my back and since I always seemed to be needed by someone in my family took them so I could be helpful. I also did not realize that when I heard addictive that there would be withdrawal symptoms that were unbearable. When I ran out the first time and experienced the wd symptoms I knew I could not stop and still be around for my children, grandchildren and rest of my family so I continued until I was in the same boat as you. Now I am on a tapering regimen since I did not want to substiute another pill and be stuck on that one. My dr. put me on oxycontin, which is a slow release of percocet , 20mg 2x a day.
I had a some wd symptoms for about 5 days, nothing too bad and then my body adjusted to it since I was taking about 15 percs a day about 120mg compared to the 40mg slow realease. I have been on this for 8 weeks and have never taken more..my dr. will decrease this next visit to 30 mg a day. Tapering was the best for me as long as you don't cheat, which some days are hard but being they are slow realease you don't get the same high. I know I can't go cold turkey, and didn't want subs so this is what I suggest. Is working for me. After about 1 week I have moved on and am living almost a normal life with 2 pills a day..Keep in touch..Hope this helped!!
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