Short story I'm 21 and have been doing pain killers since I was 19. My addiction didn't start till maybe last year in august when I went through a bad depression and still I'm going through it . It feels like the only thing that keeps me going everyday is the pill . It's hard to explain but I think about it everyday and I try to stop but when I'm at work and don't take any my mind keeps telling me I need one to get through the day. My addiction got worse when I started getting ahold of the 30mg taking one first thing in the morning before I get to work sometimes during work if I have any extra I've lost my confidence I've lost me since. I don't know how to start I know it's gonna kill me but I just can't let it go I want to stop the pill and be normal and start a new life I want a career not a job. I know pills will interfere. Anyone I'm here ever been an addict to this drug. How did you do it I need advice
Let me first explain that if you went cold turkey from the oxy, it would take about 10 days give or take to get through the withdrawals. You have three choices to get off the pills: cold turkey, taper off slowly, or use a medication like Suboxone. Each of these has it pros and cons. Cold turkey is quicker but painful, tapering slowly you can avoid the withdrawals but you have to be determined, Suboxone you avoid the withdrawals (except right in the beginning) but it can be expensive and then you have to taper off the Suboxone eventually.
Based on what you have shared, I recommend that you investigate Suboxone. You can go to the Suboxone.com website and use their doctor locator for your area. Not all doctors can prescribe. Once you have the doctors you'll have to call around and compare prices for the program, then you'll have to add in the price of the actual prescription for the Suboxone. If you decide to pursue this avenue, I can share more about it later.
If you decide to taper from the pills, I would be happy to support you through the process and help you with a taper plan. If you decide to go cold turkey, I can recommend the Thomas recipe for opiate withdrawal. It is a list of medications, mostly over the counter, to help with the withdrawal symptoms.
You can google the Thomas recipe and get a copy.
You mentioned that you are depressed. What is this all about? If it has been going on for months, I recommend you be evaluated by a doctor for this. Living with depression is not necesssary. Of course, the chronic opiate use is not helping either. Also, you would have to be honest with the doctor about the opiate use along with being evaluated for the depression. Might be the best choice though. There are doctor that could help you with both the depression and the Suboxone, so making some phone calls to find one might be your best avenue to pursue.
We are here to support you in whatever you decide. Please keep in touch,
Perhaps the depression is the reason you started using oxy in the first place?
Opiates can also cause depression eventually.
As Laurie said you have three choices, and whatever you choose, we will be here to support you. I did it cold turkey, flushed my Oxy (prescribed) down the potty, and I don't recommend that method, as I took them for almost ten years and the WD was hellish indeed. Unless you've holiday time coming from work, as you will need a few weeks to recover from withdrawal, I suggest you taper. Do you have someone that can dole out your oxy's to you? To ensure that you don't take too many to taper?
I also lost my "self" while on opiates. I was a zombie, or a shell of the happy gurl I now am, and it took me a long time to recover. But I was on the stuff for a lot longer than you were!
You really will be just fine, it takes time to recover from opiate addiction/dependance.
Please google Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, it explains in detail what is happening to brain chemicals, such as serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine and endorphins (the feel good chemicals of the brain). Knowledge is power.
Also, if the depression worsens once you stop or taper off the opiates get thyself to a good doc asap. Going on an antidepressant for a while may be necessary to stop depression. They seem to go hand in hand, withdrawal and depression.
Best wishes to you,
sweet lemon p.s. going cold turkey can be done, I am living laughing proof of it, tis like ripping a bandaid off really fast, but has it's drawbacks most def.
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