I'm 25 years old and I've been on methadone going on 6 years, and I've had an opiate in my system for almost half my life. I was on 100mgs for almost 3 years, and for the past two years I've been decreasing my dose very slowly. Currently I am on 20mgs, and barely holding on.. I was fine until I got to 22mgs, but now I am having extreme stress and anxiety attacks. I have a lot of stress in my life anyways, but am finding it harder to deal with. It actually gets to the point where I cannot breathe and it becomes impossible to calm down. Right now I am smoking a little pot which is holding my sanity by a thread and is helping with some of the withdrawl symptoms. My hands shake all the time, my palms are always sweaty, i'm always cold, i haven't eaten in days, and I wake up at the crack of dawn. I feel like I did a line of coke! I saw a Reiki Master who specializes in herbs this past weekend who gave me an herbal mixture to drink everyday to help with my symptoms. I am trying to dive into this and believe it will work, but it's hard. I've tried walking, exercise ( the more I exercise now the sicker i get, so this is not an option), taking hott showers, yoga, deep breaths, valarian root, etc.. If anyone has any suggestions I haven't thought of, please let me know! Thanks!
K, the only way you'll be free is to get off everything. It is painful, but if you want your life at your tender age, accept you are an addict, and make a conscious decision to suffer until you are drug free. Get rid of all of your druggy friends, and decide today you don't want to live this life anymore. It's the only way you'll feel well.
drink at least one ounce of wheatgrass a day... it may make you a little nauseous at first, but simply eat a little bread... something like that. i went from 35mg to 11 as of this thur. and have have had very tolerable wds. I started at 96mg. you CAN do this, it wont last forever, and there are little kids in cancer wards doing chemo... come on. WE CAN tolerate this process. We are not bodies; we are spiritual beings experiencing a body.
I swear by wheatgrass though, have been drinking it for years. I believe this is why I don't have bad wds.
i would suggest looking into a Suboxone or Subutex program. Suboxone is different from methadone because you CAN acually stay off ALL other opiates. With the right treatment plan, doctor and counciling you can do it! If you don't mind me asking where do you live? I can help you find a Suboxone doctor near you.
i am a 28 yr old female in upstate ny also. and i am also on 100mg of methadone daily. i am kinda in the same boat as u as far as the anxiety goes but im not weaning off the program yet. its really hard to get anything addictive prescribed 4 the anxiety because the mixture can kill u, im sure u already no that tho.if u go see a psych maby there r some safe ones.your doctor who perscribes the methadone should be helping you too(they dont want u to end up back out there again) im trying sooooo many anxiety meds that are;nt benzos i just hope 2 find 1 that helps. BuSpar is supposed 2 b good & safe. my friend just came off and he didnt feel the anxiety & stuff til he hit 30mg. so the dr. reccomended going bck up to 35 for a bit longer so his body could adjust 4 a bit. idk how long he was @ 35 for but i no he went completely off after that & is doing great.
so it can be done- im 2 chicken 2 try right now- but maby if u go up 2 idk um 25 or so u could do the same as my buddy. but give yourself some credit, you're doing it. alot of peeps never get off. i hope im as brave as u when the time comes 4 me. oh i have tried wheat grass also DISGUSTING! worth a try tho, its not like we havent put worse in our bodies, lol hope this helps,keep ur head up.
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