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Discussion in 'Detoxing From Pain Meds' started by AddictLookingForHelp, Jan 8, 2004.

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  1. Hello all.

    I am a 26 year old professional who has a serious problem like many people here. I take an average of 30-40 10/325 Norco's daily and have been doing so for a couple of years. I spend between $1000-2000 per week on them. I have tried to quit many many times without success. I get the typical withdrawls, chills, that uneasiness in the legs, can anyone explain that darn leg pain to me. I think that is the worst part of it all. Only one person knows I am an addict and he recently was prescribed suboxone and is doing well. Unfortunaltley, there is a limited number of spots for patients to take that, so I am on a waiting list. I am sick of wasting my money and my life. I am sick of lying to my family and girlfriend. I want to quit but at the same time I am afraid of what life would be like without hydrocodone. I am hoping you out there can help me get through the mental part of this by maybe sharing some experiences and/or advise. Thank you all!
     
  2. Crystal

    Crystal Well-Known Member

    Welcome!
    Your right..your story 'fits' so many of us here.
    I like you, am in active addiction and can completely relate to how your feeling about the whole thing.
    Besides wanting to come clean, being sick of the whole game and all that comes with it(depression ect) the one thing I think most of us have a problem with is.....trying to grasp hold of 'what life will be like WITHOUT our drug'.
    Besides cravings, I think that's one of the hardest things to over come.
    I don't have alot of advice about coming clean and STAYING that way, I'm still trying to master that....but I will say, that once you get on the Suboxone and really give it all you've got...You'll start feeling a whole new you. You won't be so worried about what life will be like without.
    You must really want this from within you and just because you start the suboxone, doesn't mean your work will be over. Your forever going to be an addict and you need to follow up with a program, whatever that may be.
    Post away here....MANY know exactly what your going thru and we're all OPEN ARMS.
    I wish you luck!
    Crystal

    Communicate,Validate and Appreciate!
     
  3. Rodrigo

    Rodrigo Well-Known Member

    Addict, I was a huge fan of the norcos too... I used to get quite nervous when my supply got down below 50. I was usually 20-30 per day. There are hardly *any* bupe docs in my area and most listed docs were unreachable (d/c'd phone #'s, etc). I'm from quite a large city and there are only like 5 bupe docs here. I had to do something much sooner. My girlfriend was getting agitated with me, and it almost caused me to lose my job. I tapered from like 20 norcos one day to 10 the next to 4 the next, then I was done. I then took Immodium - 4-5 2mg twice daily. It killed almost all withdrawl symptoms. It is clinically explainable but I won't get into that. After a week, I tapered very rapidly from the loperamide (Immodium). I will mention, though, that I still had some stomach/abdominal pains for a few days after stopping the loperamide, but those are *easy* to handle when you feel good otherwise and can eat and move around and stuff. Eating helps a *lot*, but during the flu stage of w/d's, it is almost impossible. I am the first I've seen on this board to have success this way... Been about 17 days now... And not even a craving. I'd like to see this work for someone else.
     
  4. Thanks for that input. I have read a few posts where Immodium was suggested. Im willing to try anything. I hope it works as well for me as it did for you.
     
  5. sleepless

    sleepless Well-Known Member

    Hi Addict, welcome to the forum :) ..Yes indeed your story is all to familiar with many of us here...The leg pain you asked about is pretty typical in detox, I'm not exactly sure why, but just about everyone of us that have detoxed from pills have felt it...I don't know the scientific reasons behind it I just know it sux...The *mental* part of detox IMO is the worst part of detox..I believe that if you start to prepare yourself for it now and have a game plan on what you will do when cravings hit, depression shows it's ugly face, and the in general fatigue hits that you will be ahead of the game and have a huge jump start...This forum is a great source for support so I hope you will take atvantage of that...Let us know how things are going along for you and feel free to post as often as you need/want to..

    Take Care & God Bless :)
     
  6. ak

    ak Well-Known Member

    Hi addict and welcome to the forum. I am recently into a Suboxone plan and can look up a list of doctors for you if you would tell me your general area. I can vouch for the Sub as it has saved me a fortune in cash and probably my life. Pleae respond ASAP and I will do what I can for you. All the best, Andy
     
  7. Apheana

    Apheana Well-Known Member

    Hello! We are here to support you. I hope that you stick around and I am sure you will learn a lot from all of us fellow addicts. There are a lot of great people here and I do not know where I would be without the support of this forum. I feel like I have gained a hundred new friends. It is great that you want to quit and it is so sad that bup is not available to everyone everwhere. It is a wonderful medication. Keep us posted! I tried the Immodium thing and it works although I did get a little bound so I drank some MOM nightly. I am currently on bup still. I did try to get off of it thinking I was ready but I realized its not worth the risk of falling down into a deep black hole and using again. :( Its frusterating to say the least to go through this and let me warn you, time seems to slow up when you stop using. The cloud you feel of comfort from being high seems to make time zip on by. For some reason (anyone else undersand this) the clock feels like it stops when you get clean. A week sometimes to me seems like a month. Its strange. I am not complaining cause there is so much that I have missed but just "sharing"[?]

    ***Live, Laugh and Love***
     
  8. Rodrigo

    Rodrigo Well-Known Member

    Apheana, I kind of got a bit "bound" for a while too... I made sure I didn't take any after about 6-7pm... Then I would "take a good one" the next morning. [^]
     
  9. Rohan

    Rohan Well-Known Member

    Addict,
    How are things going for you? Are you still out there? Would love to hear from you when you have a chance. :)
     
  10. Apheana

    Apheana Well-Known Member

    I hope you are still around- it takes gut to realize the problem and try to fight it. I just hope that you didnt give up. When you get off pills things change and it is wierd to feel and see things with clear eyes.

    ***Live, Laugh and Love***
     
  11. Jessie

    Jessie Well-Known Member

    Hi Addict, welcome to the forum...You've found a great place for everything from information to warm caring people to give you support. Origianally I was addicted to loritabs (7.5), stuff I was originally given for a kidney problem...I was on them for months and got up to taking 30 or so a day..At that time I wasn't familiar with addiction (as well as I am now, unfortunately)..So I one day I just flushed them down the toilet and quit cold turkey..Let me say the first week is H*LL-and yes the leg cramps/spasms being the worse..To make a long story short, Life can return to normal after being under the cloud of drugs...I had stayed clean for about a year, life was good...So hang in there, you can beat this!!!!..
    Best advice I can give is to read the Bup..section in this forum....
    I'm now addicted to Oxycontins & Roxicondones (well, any pill will do..LOL)...I begin my Suboxone treatment next month and I cant wait...I'm a bit scared, but after finding this forum and reading the success stories and just chatting with all the wonderful people here has really put me at ease...Hope you stick around and do keep us posted..
     
  12. sunshine

    sunshine Well-Known Member

    Please do not be scared about starting Sub be excited! It does work and even though the first day might be a little rough going by the next day you should feel pretty good. I worked the whole time when I first started it. Good luck let us know how you are going!
     
  13. Jessie

    Jessie Well-Known Member

    Hi Sunshine..(I think your post was directed to me?? [:I])...The scared thing is hard to explain...It's just that I really want to get started...Originally I was to begin on 12/29, but my back pain kicked back in full force making me have to get another procedure done so when I heal from that, I get to start...Also, for some reason I've been being really "bad" these past few weeks with my pills...(like Sleep said to me, I guess it's my last "horrah"..[:p]...But I will definitely be around to keep everyone posted...And definitely looking for some support...[|)]
     
  14. Rodrigo

    Rodrigo Well-Known Member

    You know... I have always had anxiety problems and stuff. My doc rx'd me Paxil which only made me tired. Then I found opiates that kept me lively, yet helped my anxiety also. My doc then rx'd me Effexor when I complained how tired the Paxil made me. However, I never gave the Effexor enough time to work before I was back on the opiates. A month free of opiates, and it is almost *hard to believe* how *good* I feel most of the time. So... Anyone who is struggling, stick it out; It's *well* worth it!
     
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