I am a recovering addict and I have been going to a clinic for almost 1yr now and I'm currently on 120mgs a day of methadone and I want off. i'm so tired of going there everyday and I kinda feel like the methadone is a crutch in a way because i still have to drive everyday to get it or else i'll get sick if I don't have it after 2days and I don 't want to worry anymore about getting sick I want my life to be as normal as possible and eventhough I feel great and i'm proud of myself for what I have overcome this past year I just want off the methadone already. what do you think is a good way to start a slow detox from it? I'm on 120mgs a day and i'm not sure how to start coming down without feeling it. I don't want to get sick,it's my biggest fear.
Recovering addict in methadone treatment ,need advice?
Added 23 Oct 2009:
To be clear,I do not have take homes due to living w/a mom who is in active addiction so imagine the hell I go through but thankfully I am strong or i would have never been able to do this. I have no support outside of my weekly group at the clinic and my counselor. Everyone else I know or knew is eithor out drinking at the bars everynite,on dope or pills,or doesn't care so I usually stay to myself. It gets lonely an d depressing obviously but i'm greatful for my son,he is what keeps me sane and clean. I have been through a hell of a lot in my life and eventhough I live w/an addict which isn't a good idea I know, I do feel so much better now than ever and all I want to do is stay positive and sober so my little boy can have the mom he deserves.
Before I answer your question, I was wondering why you don't have any carries?? You should have at least 2-3 take home doses by now???
Anyway, coming off methadone is serious business. So the first thing to do is forget about what it's like to withdrawl off of hydrocodone, morphine, heroin ect. Methadone is a completely different drug in this aspect and is rocket fuel compared to hydro's. So what you need to do is drop no more than 10% every 4-6 weeks. So your first dose drop is going to be 10mgs. Always round off to the lower number and not the higher.
So your first drop you will be down to 110mgs. Stay there for at least 4 weeks. Then drop another 10%. Now your're down to 100mgs. It takes a long time to come off methadone even at 120mgs.
If you try and come off quicker you will surely relapse and you will also suffer withdrawls like you have never dreamed. The lower back pain alone has caused people to kill themselves, so be careful and do this properly.
Once you get down to 30mgs or less then look into buprenorphene (suboxone, subutex).
This drug is quickly replacing methadone as the gold standard in opiate addiction recovery. Good luck and take your time. Remember, you didn't become an addict in a week so don't expect to recover in a week... Dave
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