I have been prescribed 15mg 5x a day for a severe back problem, I am in my late 20's and lost all hope. I take my months prescription within 7-10 days and buy 30 mgs illegally when I run out. I have been spending thousands a month and lost my job and now everyday revolves around how I am going to get high. I have tried to stop but the physical pain usually gets me back into the habit. I have a mental addiction as well. I have tried procedures and surgeries for my back and just yesterday I got a radio-frequency treatment that made me in unbearable pain. I am hoping to get support and ideas on how to get off of these pills and still live a normal life with the pain without getting the fusion surgery that my surgeon recommends because even if and that's a BIG IF my pain gets relieved I feel I will begin using again. It has taken over my life and I don't want to die. I have taken up to 300 mg a day. Now I have handed my pills over to my mother and out of the 5 15mgs I get per day she gives me 2 pills. I also have anxiety problems that I get xanax for but I quit the xanax about 1 year ago when my oxy addiction grew bc I don't want to mix meds and overdose. I am bored without much to do now that I am unemployed and think about pills all day. I want my life back but don't know how to do it. This is hell and my mother is so worried because she knows I snort them. I lost my boyfriend to my addiction and almost all of my friends because I have no desire to participate in any of the activities I used to before the addiction. the only time I leave my house is to go see my dealer to get more pills. I am so desperate to get off of these and I feel like people that get hooked on these things are doomed to relapse over and over and never get clean. HELP! I need guidance and I want off of these and want my life back :(
Oxy Abuse... struggle to get clean?
Added 10 Oct 2010:
I didnt do very good today. I ended up taking 6 30 mg pills and I feel like shit. I am so ashamed. I want off of these things for good. What is a good way to get off of these without going to a rehab or getting methadone? Any advice or information on how to get off of these and get through this would be a godsend!
hello I am on my 5th day of quitting norco 10/325 I've taken as much as 20 pills in 1 day which is 200mg I just quit cold turkey I've been on them for 7 months and then I took pain pills 2 years prior to my surgery which was in may I had basicly my entire spine fused with 14 screws and 2 long rods well there is a thing called the thomas recipe just google it it helps with the withdrawal other options are tapering off so slowly decrease your doseage until your clean or quit cold turkey like I did I couldnt taper down for multiple reasons including I did not have the will power to do so if I had them I took them if you need anymore help or someone to talk too let me know
Have you heard of Suboxone or Subtex? They block the opiate receptors in the brain, and prevent withdrawal. I am not an expert about these meds however. I went cold turkey off of prescribed oxy.
There are other members who will answer your question, so hang in there!
Just know this, there is life after opiate dependance/addiction. It takes time though. You might want to google Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, you'll learn what is happening to brain chemistry when you stop opiates. Keep in mind that it is only temporary.
Wishing you the best,
Hey Sweetheart oxyabuser, If you can find a therapist who uses the Eugene Adler method of therapy, it will help you out so much. That therapy helps you to understand why the addiction started and helps you to heal the relationships damaged by the addiction. First, let me explain what happens when we take opiates and what happens when we don't. The brain has a system of relieving pain comprised of neurotransmitters ( signal senders ) and receptor sites ( signal receivers) and it gets damaged and out of whack ( goes offline) when we take too many opiates for too long. The neurotransmitter says, "hey, they have a steady stream of opiate, they don't need me anymore," and goes offline and on a vacation. It has to be brought back online in order for the brain to be able to release it's own opiates.
When there is NO opiate, natural or synthetic, the brain and body ( and they love opiates so they want them to keep coming) freak out and the body sends multiple signals from all systems in order to try to get the neurotransmitter back online and to bypass the damaged system, so many varied withdrawal symptoms occur. Since the brain loves opiate, we tend to crave them, you are not alone here on this. If you are not going to have pain forever, and don't need surgery or have a condition that will always require opiates, then subutex or suboxone would be an excellent way to get off the opiates. But if you do have a lifelong pain problem, Methadone, properly taken, is the best long acting pain med there is. Properly taken means as the doctor prescribes, and without benzos or alcohol added in. The depression and isolation and anxiety you are experiencing is normal for the pill dependence. You probably should be treated for depression as well as the pain pill dependence. Notice I said dependence and not addiction, if you are treated like a person, and not some junkie, you will respond better as well. I don't always have a pc with internet. I got a messge from sweetlemon to look at this post and I am so thankful she sent me that message. I won't have access to a pc for a few days after I leave my boyfriends but I leave you in good hands, I promise. Please make a profile for yourself with all pertainent info and friend the following members in no particular order, sweetlemon, ChristinATU, Maso, booter42, subzer58, rawboots, oktoday, misled, jk, and anyone else that you feel comfortable with. These friends always come thru for people. You need support here and at home. Please don't give up just because you had a set back, you are worth it, keep trying. Call therapists in your area and ask if anyone uses the Eugene Adler method, this will really benefit you. It is a type of therapy that helps heal, it doesn't use the 12 steps method except as an add on type of therapy. I am saying some huge prayers for you. Read this thru a few times so you will understand the difference between why methadone versus suboxone/subutex. Pattishan Ps someone else in your family is an addict, there are 2 main reasons we get pill dependence, a heriditary predisposition and emotional pain, that is why you MUST treat both at the same time.
Well, Patti said it all. She gave you the tools to get started. She really is the best and knows what she's talking about. Promise me one thing, avoid surgery at all costs!! Right now you have a choice. Please choose No! Without going in to detail about me too much (you need help now, I'll need it later) I was in an accident and suffered burst fractures in my mid spine. Surgery was not optional. L-1 burst in to so many pieces it was like a fireworks display on the x-ray screen. L-2 had broken but didn't burst apart. Several large bone pieces pushed through my spinal canal and in to my spinal cord, compressing it by 80%. Permanent nerve damage, but at least I can walk. I know the RFT's . (Radio Frequency Thermocoagulation) you're talking about. Personally, prior to my car wreck, I had (still) have a very bad disc and went to several docs for treatment. I was referred to a pain specialist who had broken his back.
I know the initial injections hurt like heck and the pressure can be unbearable. I had done this procedure with 2 other pain docs but they were using the wrong meds! You can also use this procedure to zap the nerve roots. Don't give up yet on the RFT's. But I promise you this, more people are not happy with their outcomes on back surgery and rely on meds the rest of their lives. I think sweetlemon (also a great support system) mentioned the Thomas Recipe? It may be worth you looking up and see if that's an option for you. If the pain is chronic and you chose not to have surgery (I hope) methadone really is the safest long term medication. As long as it's used as prescribed. It will control your pain and you will rarely (if ever) need a dose increase once you find the "comfort zone." Sorry, have to go. 4 year old grand daughter grabbing for keyboard. Have to go to ZooWorld on FB!
Wow you sound like I did 1 year and 3 months ago Please find a subox Dr close to you tomarrow dont put it off you have to save youself on Tuesday get in a program and doant look back Im someone who is so thankful for this site... I think you have taken a very important stepp and PLEASE FOLLOW THROUGH FOR YOUR MOMS SAKE AS WELL AS YOURS ... KOOL BREEZ Costa Brava
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