Tramadol - where do I start, I take 1000mg of tramaol every 4 - i have a drink problem, along side depression, i dont know which one comes first, i started taking tramadol, when i ran out of anti depression tablets, i now find myself taking more, i have seen someone from the mental health department, i,m just waiting for there opinion, the only time ive ever felt normal is when they put me on,diazapan, for 5 days, i,m 51 and my hole life has been on a downward spiral for the last 5 years, and a criminal record, possibly prison shortly..any idea's,,
If you are ready, you can taper off the tramadol. Reducing your daily dosage approximately 25 mgs every 5 days to a week should allow you to taper without much in the way of withdrawals. Just be aware that tramadol does have antidepressant properties. I wouldn't recommend you take an antidepressant on top of such a high dose of tramadol, but once you reduce down to a safer amount you may need to be on one. Tramadol at such high dosages can cause seizures, add the alcohol and you are playing with fire.
Time to pick yourself up and take one step at a time in a positive direction. Having established yourself at the mental health department is a big step forward. Reducing the tramadol needs to be your next big step.
Wow, what happened 5 years ago that has your life in such a disaster? Like Laurie said you need to start on a taper on the tramadol, but if you are facing prison time, they may just cut you off. You must make them aware of what this drug can do to a person at the dose you are taking can cause seizures if stopped suddenly. The drinking you will have to just deal with & hopfully not having or being around it will change your whole outlook on why these changes have taken place in your life. I wish you all the best, but I think you need to get some one on one counseling too to help you to understand why you are where you are today & how it can be remedied...
Bodyguy, I can relate to your pain. I suggest you find a good doctor to help wean you off the tramadol and find an alcohol detox in your area or go to the ER and tell them you are in alcohol withdrawal.. I don;t know how much you drink, but untreated alcohol withdrawal can be deadly so if you don't think you can taper off yourself (very difficult) definitely get some medical help. You can also consider a medically monitored rehab that can help you come off of both at the same time. My most valuable suggestion is to get involved in AA. 5 years ago I was facing 5 years in prison for drug distribution, I was addicted to cocaine and alcohol (among other things) and I utilized a psychiatrist an outpatient program and any other resource I could find. But it wasn't until I became an AA member that my recovery really took hold.
I made connections to people who helped me through so many struggles (miraculously, being in treatment when I went to court caused the judge to reduce my sentence to 3 years probation). I am 46 and have now been clean and sober for almost 4 years! I got a college degree and am currently working as a treatment provider/counselor intern at a substance abuse program. I am still heavily involved in AA and my life is blessed. There is hope and help out there, you don't have to do this alone. Keep one foot in front of the other, join the recovery community and never go back! My best of wishes to you in your journey to a new life and all its possibilities. If there is anything I can do to help/support you you need only ask. Lisa Z
Hi, i've read some of the responses you have had already, and you've been given some very good advise. I just wanted to reply also because i am in the same situation as you. I am an alcoholic, tramadol addict and have chronic depression (as well as Borderline personality disorder). I don't exactly know where you stand in regards to the possibility of prison time??? In my experience, i have drank for most of my life, when i 'found' the tramadol, i swapped the drink for the tablets. When i eventually got off the tramadol, i started drinking again! And now i'm am in the worst position as i am doing both. So i really understand what a nightmare this is. I used to take tramadol 1000mg a day. When i started to taper off, i reduced this dose by 50mg every 5-7 days, and that worked well for me. It took time (which i'm not sure if you have?), but i needed to take it slow to be able to deal with the dosage reduction.
When i got down to 400mg i could reduce anymore, so i went cold turkey from there. I took 2 weeks off work and i friend helped me through those 2 weeks. The withdrawals weren't very nice, however they weren't as bad as i had imagined. It is possible if you really want to stop. I can give you advice about things you can do to aid your recovery if you like...
So the next issue is the alcohol, i am currently taking Antabuse, i don't know if you have heard of this? I believe it works mentally as well as physically. You take it every morning (or night) and it effectively makes you allergic to alcohol. If you drink ANY alcohol on it you will be very seriously ill (there have been cases of death)!! But this is the point of it. You CAN'T drink on it, and so each day that you take it, you kind of get in the mind set that you can't drink, so you think about alcohol less often. For example, if i tried getting sober without a chemical aid, i would be thinking about drinking all day! Every hour i would think about getting a drink, i'd be agonising about if i should or shouldn't and testing my will power to the absolute limit! With the Antabuse, once i've taken it, i know that means me being sober for 36-48 hours. It isn't easy stopping tramadol, or staying sober, but it IS possible if you can believe in yourself? Finally, i know that many people are wary of mixing anti-depressants with tramadol and alcohol, but i am on 2 anti-depressants and an anti-psychotic with no problems. I hope maybe this have given you some encouragement(?), and please ask me any questions you may have?
I just wanted to add that all you are doing is great for you yourself, but it will also go along way when you go to court. It may be that you will get an understanding Judge on a good day, & if he sees you are doing everything possible to help yourself out of this situation, you may not end up in prison afterall. Explain to him when the time comes that you are doing all of this to change your life, & you really need the help you are getting. Like I said, it may go a long way in your sentence. Also, you do not need to have anyone close to where you live to talk to others as you can see. We are here to support you in anyway we can. Even if you have a relapse, please talk to us. I wish you the best...
I grew up in a very disfunctional home. My father was an alcoholic. My mother finally left him when I was 10. Unfortunately I started drinking when I was 14 yrs old. I was an alcoholic most of my life. I have only been sober almost 6 years. I am 41. So I understand what it is like to have a drinking problem. I made allot of mistakes while I was on that stuff too. You are not alone. I can remember a time when I only felt normal when I drank. But now I don't feel that way anymore. I want to tell you there is hope for you too. I look back on my life and think of the times I could have died, and only by the Grace of God did I not. It brings chills up and down my body. If I could get clean and sober..anybody can. I am here to support you my friend. We all make mistakes. Theres not a one of us that hasn't done things we're not proud of. But you have allready been given some excellent advice.
I just wanted to share with you, and to let you know there are others out there, like me, that have faced that demon, and have succeeded. And you can too. I wish you all the best in the world. I will pray for you that you will make the right choices and decisions. God bless my friend. Ruth
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