I've been addicted to pain meds for the past 5 years. It first started as a nubian habit when I was actively involved in.bodybuilding/fitness and had hurt my shoulder. Friend gave me some bain and it all started there. I switched over to hydrocodone/vics/norco about three years ago. At first I was still able to take these pills and be somewhat normal. Over time though, its turned me into.someone id never thought id be. I have gone from someone in near perfect shape, less than 8 percent bodyfat, healthy, athletic, attractive guy, into a obese pill craving addict who is.destroying their life. I haven't stepped foot in a gym in over two years pretty much cuz id rather be chewing norco and getting high. What started as two pills in the evening has turned into chewing 4-5 10/325 norcos 3x a day. I'm tired of living like this. I'm tired of throwing years down the drain. I need support, advice on the best way to start this recovery.
Been there myself, altho mine was prescribed and not abused... not judging you by any means!!
The Thomas Recipe is useful, please google it for a list of otc and RX meds you will need whilst in withdrawal. Also google Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome to learn, in detail, what is happening to brain~soup, chemicals such as serotonin, norepinephrine and endorphins and dopamine are all affected when opiate cessation begins. It can cause hallacious depression, so please be mindful of that, for depression is nothing to muck about with.
You will garner your SOUL back once you are over the withdrawal phase!!
You will feel happy again, although at first it may seem like it will NEVER HAPPEN!!
There is always the Suboxone route, but some ppl think tis just as addictive as opiates. Subs quell cravings and withdrawal.
Best wishes bulldog and fight the good fight!!!
Dear TxBulldog, I hate you have developed this addiction but had an overdependence to lortab and percs myself and I did go the suboxone route. It is the least amount of downtime out of the many ways to quit opiates. You will have to be in withdrawal for about 24 hours so the previous opiate can recede completely off the receptor sites to make room for the suboxone to seat. You may dread the withdrawal, but withing 20 to 45 minutes after taking your first dose of suboxone, you will start getting relief, at the one hour mark, you will feel lots and lots better and at the 2 hour mark, probably better than you have felt in years. It is expensive to be inducted ( started) on suboxone and you will have to find a suboxone trained and licensed dr to get an rx. Go to suboxone.com and look for the dr locator service, i think it is on the here to help page. The price for starting the program varies from dr to dr, and some states medicaid programs pay for it.
You will likely have to see the dr monthly and it is highly adviseable to see an addiction therapist, this is the step most people skip and it is a dangerous shortcut, so please do the therapy or at least join a suboxone support group or AA or NA. When you call the drs in your area, remember to ask, if they take insurance ( don't be surpirsed if they say no, most drs don't take insurance) ask the induction fee, how much an office visit is and if there are any other fees. Some charge to drug test you, some don't. Listen for courtesy and professionalism in the voice of the person who answers your questions as some drs are not as interested in your recovery as they should be and their staff tends to give it away by how fast they answer. You can look up some videos on suboxone on YouTube.com, the two people I recommend are SuboxDoc ( who has a fabulous easy to understand 2 part video on how it works in the brain) and Maple2609, a young man who took the suboxone route and gives an amazing testimony. I was successfully treated with suboxone, tapered off and am fine. I was at work the second day I started the program and started group therapy that second night. At first I dreaded it, but it was something I looked forward to very quickly in my treatment. There is hope, and have some faith, you can do this. Welcome to the site. Patti
You've got some great advice from the girls,please take their advice,they know what their talking about!
Their is a light at the end of every addiction,you just need to push yourself,it wont be easy but it will be worth it,you can get your life back-you just need to be strong,but you CAN do it!
Best of luck in your recovery and welcome to the site,keep posting,you'll meet lots of supportive people who are or have been in the same situation as you!!
Thank you for all your support. I know that in the end, I will be so much happier and free once I get over this. I know.that won't be over night though. I'm thinking of going the cold.turkey route however someone told me thats dangerous and I could.actually hurt myself really bad? Is that true? I thought that was only the case with benzos???
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