Opiate Withdrawal - I have had a 15 year heroin addiction that has robbed me of everything good or?
- 2 Jan 2011 by Panthro
- 7 January 2011
- opiate withdrawal, heroin, methadone, withdrawal, addiction, opiate
... who loved me in my life and would Love some advice. I have a few df's 60' s and a little methadone and would love any advice on tapering or I really just need A friend. Any help would be massively appreciated. Thanks.
Hey there, dont know if anyone reads this but seen as I have no-one to talk to in my life then im documenting it in here. I took 40ml Methadone in the Morning and 20mg Valium and 20mg Diazipan in the day when needed then 12 hours later I took 30ml Methadone to get to sleep. Apon waking this morning I took 20 ml of methadone and 20mg of Diazepam. (This lot may seem excessive to some people but I was injecting over 2grams of Heroin a day and since my girlfriend left me smoking a lot of Crack as well. A LOT.) I plan to try take the minumum of benzo's possible as I am fully aware they are really habit forming. I have set a dose of of approx just under 20ml Methadone for this evening and I plan on reducing by 5ml every 12 hrs until i can move across to the dihidrocodiene 60's tablets that I have and hopefully come off asap.Yes its very uncomfortable buts thats the nature of the beast. If anyone is listening advice or help or encouragement would be amazing and very very much appriciated as I have no one at all. If anyone is bothering to read this, thanks and all the best
I'm listening my new friend. You've been through the wringer haven't you? Please, please be careful with the benzo's. What is it about drugs that makes us feel such a draw to them? Is it because of addictive personalities? Or maybe we just don't like how we feel without them? Why can some people resist the temptation their whole life while others think nothing of trying anything to catch a buzz? Obviously it isn't a question of right or wrong, that would be too easy a choice. We know it's wrong but we choose to tempt fate anyway even to the point of putting our health on the line. I say "we" because I too have an addiction to my pain medication. But is it really an addiction? Or is it a dependance? I haven't figured that one out yet. But remember this, regardless of the drugs you used/abused, so many others are in the same boat.
Have you thought about N/A? Are you determined to really do this thing? I'll help you as best I can to come up with a good taper plan and at least offer my words of support. It's not going to be a cake walk, that's for sure. But you can do this thing and be successful. Remember this, knowledge is your best weapon!! Research everything you can find about addiction, PAWS, benzo's, etc. The more you know what your system is going through, the more you'll know what tools to use to help you through it. But counseling is very important too. Maybe start a journal. Write down everything your feeling, emotionally and physically. Someday, when you're back to being healthy again, you can read your journals as a reminder of what you went through. In the meantime, continue to keep posting here and research! You can do this!
I'll keep you in my prayers,
I too am listening to you bud. Opiates are by far one of the hardest drugs to quit in my opinion. I just recently started posting on here and I too am addicted to opiates. I've been on norcos for about 2 years and I asked for help just as you have. Immediately I got a respnse from a lady named lara. She told me to check out this thing called the thomas recipe. Its a list of otc and rx meds that can help with withdrawl symptoms. Although I think that this is for people trying to quit cold turkey. As for tappering, I don't know much about scheduling so I'm sorry about that. Just do as much research as you can on the web to help you better understand what you are going thru. This will help you to come up with some sort of plan or idea on what you can do. This website is also very helpful. Keep posting on here and people will respond and give you support. I offer you my support and will help in anyway I can. Good luck bud and just know that you CAN do this!
If it were simply opiates someone were trying to ween down on, a taper plan would be relatively easy. I've quit them in the past with success. The trick is not to taper too fast. So if I had a 10 pill per day habit, let's say percocets. I would cut that down to 9 per day for at least 10 days, giving my system enough time to adjust to the lower dose. Then cut down to 8 and stay there for another 10 days to 2 weeks. The trick is allowing enough time in between decreases to let the receptor sites heal some. Once you get down to 3 pills per day, that's when you start decreasing in smaller increments. Meaning 2 1/2 per day, then 2, then 1 1/2, etc. At this amount, you can then start skipping days and replace it with advil and benadryl for sleep. It's also important to have a support system in place and maybe counseling to help keep you from relapsing. With methadone, the taper shouldn't be any more than 10% and also should be done over a fair amount of time.
I believe it said 2 week intervals before decreasing again. I'll try to find the link where I read that info. Hang in there and best wishes.
Why don't you just stick with the methadone and forget about everything else (especially the crack) trust me that is only going to make you feel 100 times worse. If you stay on a controlled amount of Methadone throughout the day you should feel a lot better. I am telling you this from experience, I use to use dope everyday and smoke crack I have been clean for 3 years thanks to Methadone. If a doctor won't prescribe it to you go to a clinic. I know it sucks going everyday but if you give clean urine's you will be able to get your take home before you know it. I wish you all the best. Please know that you are not alone, and by the way no girl is worth your sobriety. Good Luck.
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