Addiction has been sadly in my life for 15 years now.I don't want 2 bore any1 I'm new here.started with alcohol(that was a huge one)then percocet then soma now fioricet.I'm 35 and living with my mom because I'm seperated from my husband due 2 my many addictions.the fioricet started when I was having some major dental work done.it started with just 1 of course n then rapidly increased.My dr just put me on a tapering program.I have 2 take 4 a day for a week.then 3 a day for a week then 2 a day for a week then 1 a day for a week. Then that's it.I have always had bad anxiety.and when I was taking the fioricet it made me feel high for abou a hour and then just totally relaxed normal and also energetic and happy.I had been hiding the fioricet from my mom( I feel like a child)and recently she found it.I'm a mess.she told me I had 2 get off it or she would kick me out and have nothing 2 do with me.right now its my 1st week tapering I'm terrified that I won't feel normal again without it or that I will have horrible withdrawal my dr said he's is tapering me slowly that way I don't have any withdrawal at all.I feel so alone.has any 1 here been throught this or anything similiar?Does any1 know if this is a good tapering plan?I have gone to 12 step programs before and I obvoiously have not succeeded.I know a lot of ppl find them helpfull I guess they don't work 4 everyone.I'm happy I found this site.I hope I can meet ppl here that can understand what I'm going through.I can't get the scared bad depressed thoughts out of my head.I'm open to any advice and suggestions.I'm also open 2 meeting new ppl here.thanks for listening and please reply to this post.
Welcome to this site! You are certainly NOT alone, so very many of us suffer from addiction.
You are at the first step, admitting you have a problem, and that is a huge step indeed. You should be proud of yourself for posting your question, and putting yourself out there. Giving up any substance is difficult at best, yet there is light at the end of the addiction tunnel, so don't lose hope!
Try, if possible, to look at this as a beginning of a new phase of your life... a life without a monkey on your back, a life without being a slave to a pill.
Just hang in there gurl, and you will meet some of the most compassionate, and wonderful people on this site.
Best wishes, and keep posting, let us know how you are doing!!!
Welcome to the site. I want to encourage you to relax and trust the doctor. The taper plan is a sound one. You should have little to any withdrawal. You may want to discuss with the doctor how the medicine makes you feel, relaxed, normal, energetic and happy. You may be suffering from depression or other condition and need treatment. I can't say for sure but you mention depression in your post so thought it would be worth discussing with the doctor.
We are here for you and want to encourage you to stick to the doctor's taper plan. Once you are off the fioricet, you can evaluate whether you need further treatment. Keep in touch with us,
hard2, the girls have given you very good advice. Laurie is very good with tapering, so if she says the doc has a good plan you can believe it. Sorry, I do welcome you here!! I have been in your shoes and wanted it more than anything I have ever wanted. I came off xanax 15 yrs ago with a doc help and I was scared to, but I made it with little effects. But after 15 yrs I'm back on them and have anxiety, panic, socials disorder, and depression. Please tell your doc how you feel because he will be able to help you the more he knows about how you feel. You are going to find some very caring people on here. Please keep us updated and anytime you need to talk anyone on the site will be glad to talk.
Hey Sweetie- I'm new here too. You can be happy to know that you are a step ahead of me. I know I have a problem but haven't taken the first step toward stopping. Well i guess admitting it IS the first step but that's all i have done. So anyway, you are already doing better than at least one person here. LOL!! You are not a bad person at all. Addiction grabs you and doesn't let go very easily. It will fight you tooth and nail if you let it. I know you are a strong person and won't let the drugs win. Keep strong and I'm glad you are here.
I'm also new - I know my psychiatrist told me that abruptly stopping fiorinol or fioricet after taking it daily for a while can cause seizures, so your doc is great to be tapering it. Personally, I've never had a seizure from that, but I never took it regularly except for migraines. It is a daily battle to not take those pills every day. I LOVE how they make me feel! I used to smoke and it's a daily struggle not to do that as well. Does that count as an addiction even if I only 'want' to abuse the stuff?
I have bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD - all that fun stuff. Basically, I can relate to your anxiety/depression. Have you ever seen a therapist or psychiatrist? If you're severely depressed or anxious, you could be given an antidepressant or tranquilizer. I know a lot of people would probably say you can also get addicted to those and I'm not saying otherwise - I'm just stating what I know from my own experience - I'm not a med professional.:) There are a lot of good mood stabilizers out there as well. It doesn't necessarily mean you have to take those the rest of your life, unless your condition warrants it. I had a friend who only took an antidepressant to get through a grief issue, then he stopped and he's doing great.
Is rehab an option? I know one guy who's been in rehab for a year, but at least he's clean now and doing well. I know a year might sound scary, but I don't mean to do that! I think having support pro's or people you can trust in your life can increase the chance of staying sober/clean. I hope that didn't come off like a sermon! I'm only suggesting things that have worked for me and I've been sick a long, long time. Everyone is unique. :)
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