so i recently ran out of vicodins, two days to by correct. i started taking them about two years ago when a friend gave me one for my back pain. im 26 and have been doing construction since out of highschool, i recently lost my job because of these damn things. i took my last 3 two nights ago and told myself f*** these pills i dont need them. i was never prescribed them, just bought them off my friends when available, it started as a 750 here and a 750 here, up to the point to where all i iwould consider buying were 1000 norcos. to the point were i would take 3 to 4 a day, when i didnt have them i would down 50mg tramadols to take some off the edge off..with it being day two ive never felt worse in my life than i do now. i cant sleep, im irritated, my body hurts, cant get comfortable to save my life, it feels like my brain is being somewhat shocked, ive been shaking and altogether just miserable. it honestly feels like im missing something... ive tried talking to a few really close friends about it and it seems like they could careless, i mean i know its not their problem but i just want someone to tell me its not gonna last forever, i cried a few times today from the shear aspect of it all, i feel like a failure, like im not worthy of anything or anyone... i guess what im looking for is encouragement... i really dont wanna go down this path alone but yet it feels like im all by myself... ive been praying and reading my bible but nothing helps... and i just dont know how much longer i can do this... any help would be greatly apprieciated and im sorry for the long post...
Ohhh I''m so sorry for what you are going through you poor thing! I have never been through anything like that myself but I've read other posts on here about addiction and there are some great people on here that will be able to send you in the right direction for help.
I can tell you that it will pass but I can not tell you how long the withdrawls will take but I've read it is not an easy road. As far as your "friends" go they are not true friends or they would have not shared their prescription with you to begin with. I'm not here to judge you... whats done is done and you made the first step which is facing that you have a problem and need help.
I will pray for you... hang in there, it will be okay!
Hello Overload. I have been where you are now and it will get better. You will feel pain for awhile but after the 5th or 6th day it gets better. I had to go cold turkey from 30mg oxycontin 3x, 10mg percoset 6x. It was hell on earth. Try taking Tylenol pm at night or 2 Benadryl..This might help you to sleep at night. During the day just keep yourself busy.Go for a walk or just go walk around the mall to get your mind off it. Everyday it will get better and better. I promise you. Just keep telling yourself that you want your life back. Also you are not a failure. I think you are sick and tired of being sick and tired.Just hang in there cause it won't last forever and you will be better for it. I wish nothing but the best for you.
Please google "The Thomas Recipe" for a list of otc and rx meds you will need while in withdrawal. The acute (or physical stage) of WD is hellish indeed. You will need benadryl (as already suggested) Sleepy Time Tea is also good for sleep if you can gag it down (YUCK)!! Immodium AD for obvious reasons. Keep yourself hydrated! Drink water, Gatorade, no alcohol though, it dehydrates you. Take vitamins, a good multi, fish oil, or flax seed oil if you cant stand fish oil. Magnesium helps with those restless legs, but not too much, it can cause GI troubles. Potassium helps with leg cramps, but take the RDA only, don't over do it!! Potassium affects the heart.
The Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome is something you need to google, this will explain in detail WHY you feel so worthless, and you are NOT WORTHLESS!! You may just be quite depressed. I took OxyContin for ten years (prescribed never abused, not that it matters) and I flushed them. What ensued was hellish indeed. I know of what I speak. IF you find yourself terribly depressed, get thee to a shrink that specializes in addiction.
You are not alone!! Many members here have gotten off opiates successfully and are happy healthy people now, and you will be one of them!
If you feel as if the cravings or WD's are too much, please, consider Suboxone. It quells cravings and stops WD in it's tracks.
Let me know if you are interested in Suboxone and I can contact another member or I can tell you how to find a sub doc.
Best wishes and stay with us, WE CARE,
Dear Overlord... Dear Overlord, I know it is a pat answer but hang in there buddy. You cannot die from WD from opiates although it feels like it. In addition to the good advice already given to you here, I.e. the Thomas Recipe, it would be a good idea to get on some Clonidine. Clonidine is a medicine to treat high blood pressure (an alpha blocker) but it also decreases many of the CNS (Central Nervous System) responses to being withdrawn from opiates in the body. Our entire body have the receptor sites, called the mu opiate receptor. This receptor is everywhere... in our gut, brain, skin, everywhere really. All of these sites are now rebelling for not having received their daily dose of an opiate... hence all of your symptoms. The CNS, just described above, plays a large role... especially with the anxiety produced. If you can also get a benzo prescribed for you, it will help with the anxiety and with sleep. Everyone is different.
I went cold turkey the other ime I tried to get off of opiates and was unsuccessful, therefore I relapsed.
A sure fire way of getting you out of WD and helping to alleviate your cravings is by getting on low dose suboxone treatment. I do not know if this is an option for you but it definitely can be and is actually a great tool to getting clean from other opiates. Suboxone is quickly becoming the gold standard in treating opiate addiction.
Drink plenty of fluids my friend if you continue on this path. It is going to take a few weeks to feel better... some people have it easier than others but my personal experience is about three weeks.
If you continue on the cold turkey way DO look up the Thomas Recipe which is one person's personal journey through opiate WD and what he did to alleviate the symptoms of opiate withdrawal.
I will remember you in my prayers for your requested comfort and your needed strength... we will be here for you every step of the way... pup
Overlord, first welcome to the site. I take opiods for chrontic pain & have only been were you are for a few days at a time where I had to stop taking my meds for 3 days for certain tests, so I have an idea of how you feel because I know how I did. Thought I was going to die! Besides all the pain, I hadn't slept for 3 nights & had all the other problems you have described. I really feel for you. There are so many people on this site as you have seen that can be here for you. Anytime you are feeling like you want to just give up & go back to using please come here first & literally beg for help. Someone will be here to help you hold it together. This is a great support group of people even if all of us haven't been down the road you are taking, we have heard from others before that have been, & try to give out the best info, & just be here for others when they need someone to talk to or get over a rough spot.
I hate seeing anyone using narcotics that doesn't need them. The friends you speak of, are they the ones you got them from in the first place? Of course they aren't going to be of help. This is a rough road, but I have confidence that you can make it. Today may be your roughest being it's now day 3. Please stick with us, & we will give you all the support we can. ...
Dear overlord,I am praying for you.I know where you are and if you stay here you can do this,carefully.please heed the advice of those who have come before you and remember this is a family,ready to help.I would post more but till I am able please know I am here,and will answer if you need me,hang in there my friend,c.
Dear Overload... just coming back to c if u r feeling any better. I just reread your post and picked up some other things through what u r going. Please oh please do not feel like a failure. Nothing could b farther from the truth. You need to c yourself as amazing as u came here on your own and u chose to get off the opiates instead of letting them control your life. How wonderful is that!!!
If u have negative people n your life that r feeding u negativity then u really REALLY need to stay away from them. Surround yourself with caring and positive people. Go to some AA meetings. U will find a tremendous group of positive folks there.
And DO come here as much as u need for someone will always b here for you.
God Bless and I will keep u n mu prayers.
sorry i havent been back to post anything everyone, i havent really felt up to doing anything but just be miserable, first i would like to thank all of you for your support in helping someone you guys dont know , it finally opened up my eyes to the fact that no matter what the cause or problem this hits home for everyone whos going through or has gone through what im going through right now. im so thankful for all of your support and words of encouragement, i dont think its something that can ever be repaid so in sincerity, im in debt to all of you. So i owe you guys at least an update, Its day four 3:50 pm, mentally i "think" im feeling better and not as depressed as i was, although im not nowhere near 100 percent, Sleep... i dont think i know what that is at the present time, its actually very upsetting, i lay there and cannot for the life of me get comfortable..and since about yesterday afternoon ive been experiencing extreme restlessness.
its like bam! out of nowhere i got energy and im up down up down doing this doing that, but at the same thing i dont feel like doing anything... Is this normal... its like im looking for something to do constantly, my heart races at some points and i get extremely hot, i cant calm down... ive even thought of smoking weed. but at the same time i want nothing to do with any type of drug whatsoever. so mentally im kinda coming out of this fog, and im starting to be aware of my surrounding, but i know im nowhere close to being finished as i know its a life altering and life long decision.. once again i wanna say from the bottom of my heart thank you so very much, and i will try to keep you guys updated... thank you -michael-
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