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The End of Methadone Detox

Discussion in 'Detoxing from Methadone' started by mrs-zebra, May 13, 2007.

  1. mrzebra

    mrzebra Well-Known Member

    Thanks Dave, I was hoping that you'd field this one. What I meant was exactly how you interpreted it, shakes- boost, nutriment, ensure. Somewhere around three mos sober my appetite began to come back, but now it has completely subsided again. Once in a while I have an appetite, but 9 times out of 10 the mere thought of food makes me nauseous. Therefore, I am basically staying alive on these shakes. It is very nice to hear that what I am experiencing is normal though. I never would've guessed that almost 6 mos off I'd still have these problems, but slowly, one day at a time I am returning to normal. My energy is back, Thank GOD!!!!
    Thanks to everyone who has supported me throughout this recovery,
  2. Fossil50

    Fossil50 New Member

    As you can see your husband has done a awesome job on his own witch is the way that works for me so if he is strong enough to go down the road we all have found our self on and then make the right turn own his own he is way ahead of a lot of people on these forum's. I have found the gym as my Zen to make me high these days even though I went to the gym all the years I was on multiple drugs now when I feel like it overwhelmly I get to the gym and always come out strong in the mine and body. Tell him good job and by the way your a great wife to care.

    Good luck and stay strong
  3. mrzebra

    mrzebra Well-Known Member

    Yesterday was 6 months to the day, since I kicked meth and all other opiates. 181 days off drugs!!!!!!!!! (and only about 10-15 more pounds to lose)! Horrrrrrrray!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. peacenik

    peacenik Administrator

    Congrats on 6 months Z! :) That's really great and I hope you're feeling well.

    Like I was saying on Zandy's thread. It's fantastic you guys are making it and now, at six months it's definitely time to "keep your eyes on the prize". And the prize is a life without drugs.

    It's gonna take this next year or so just going through life clean, avoiding the old ways, and just gaining an appreciation for all the "little victories" along the way.

    So just keep on keepin on my friend :)

    <center>"More will be revealed"</center>
  5. pameather

    pameather Well-Known Member

    Yep congradulations to both of you,you worked your azzez off,and did it. Something to br proud of.

    Do you take clonidines(non addictive)? Just curious

    Congrats again
  6. mrzebra

    mrzebra Well-Known Member

    Dear Pammie,
    No I did not take clonodine. By the time that I was able to even get to a doctor (I have no car) they told me to just tough it out. So I did.

    Now I'm going on 7 months sober, and life is great. I am leaving for Jamaica in 23 days (and counting)! I have completed all of the dental work as the meth had destroyed my teeth. Total cost: over 2 grand with insurance. My best friend and I are developing a moving company, so now I have more income!!! While on drugs, there is NO WAY that you can afford to fix your teeth (or go to Jamaica), much less care.

    Most important though, is that I have replaced my meth addiction, with something far more healthy- exercise! Man, it is addictive! I run and lift weights every day. Things are going great.
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  7. mrzebra

    mrzebra Well-Known Member

    My wife and I took our trip, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands were beautiful. My wife got to enjoy MY company, not the guy who used to be on meth. We had a blast!!!!!!
    It has 230 days that I've been clean. Things are really getting better. I've lost 40 pounds. That is a weight loss commercial. And I did it the old fashioned way, tons of exercise (to the point of muscle strains) tons of water, and a healthy diet. So, to those of you that are now coming off and are concerned about losing the weight, it can be done!
    Thank you to all who have helped my wife and I,
    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. peacenik

    peacenik Administrator

    That is so great Z! Did you see the Duns River Falls by any chance? My wife and I loved Jamaica and the Falls was one of the prettiest places - I was too chicken, or lazy I guess, to climb the rocks :)

    <center>"More will be revealed"</center>
  9. hayley7

    hayley7 Well-Known Member

    mr.zebra, ive been asking thesame question to anyone that could answer(how long) I was on meth for 10 years and Im 29.. So you have a good advantage that you werent on it for so long. I had a quick detox in the hospital over a month off of 60mls. The detox was quick but not painful. Its been three months now and unfortunately since I was on it for so long the post withdrawls have been rampid for the past few months. I havnt realy left the house in the past couple months and can relate to how awful it is. You shouldnt have the same problem as me since you were on it for not too long, but yes getting clonadine even in a few days is worth it. Meth patients often stay on it for sometime months, not that youre going to feel lke this for months but meth is a strong long acting drug. Keep going and never go back. God knows I never will!!!!!!

  10. mrzebra

    mrzebra Well-Known Member

    Yes, of course we climbed Dunns River Falls!!!!!!!!!! That was my second time (being in Ocho Rios climbing the falls) but my wife had never been. We had a blast!!!! Our taxi driver told us of a place where he and many of the locals climbed the falls, and I would have loved to go there too, but it was time to get back on the ship. My wife was so funny, in total culture shock, in disbelief of what things are like in the third world. I strongly recommend giving the falls a shot if you ever go back to Ocho Rios- they're cold, but so much fun!!!!!! We also went snorkling in Grand Cayman, where I came face to face with a barracuda!!!! The stingrays were fun too.
  11. peacenik

    peacenik Administrator

    :D Boy can I relate. My wife is the same.

    I remember, the first time we went to Jamaica, I wanted to find some reggae cd's so we took a ride to Montego Bay, which, I'm pretty sure, is the second largest city in Jamaica.

    Well, we parked and everything was normal and we started walking down the sidewalk. Just then, the clock struck 4:00pm and literally thousands of Jamaicans started streaming out of every doorway in sight - in seconds we were engulfed in a sea of scurrying Jamaicans who had all just been let out of work, or school.

    It was such an exilirating experience! I felt as if I had been swept away to a different place. Pgobably the closest to "high" I've felt in recovery :) My wife, of course, was scared out of her wits :D


    <center>"More will be revealed"</center>
  12. arlenewla

    arlenewla Well-Known Member

    My son, DIL & granddaughter lived in Kingston for 2 years.

    It is indeed a different world.

    As a matter of fact, my son's compensation was increased because he was living in a 3rd world country. Corporate policy.

    He was supplied with a car & driver for himself and another for my DIL.

    They lived behind some very high gates...with a guard packing an AK47.

    The house, came equipped with iron gates on the main floor to close at night to secure the upstairs bedroom living areas from possible intrustion.

    A country of the haves & the have nots. Most are the have nots. The dichatomy is striking.

    Arlene F.
    Exodus From MMT;12-25-02
    <center>THIS TOO SHALL PASS</center>
  13. mrs-zebra

    mrs-zebra Member

    In just a few weeks, Mr. Zebra will have been clean for a year. About 2 weeks ago, his best friend called and said a mutual friend died of a Methadone overdose. I felt very bad for the kid, but at the same time, I felt so happy that Mr. Z didn't end up like his old friend; dead b/c of drugs. It really made me take a step back and appreciate the fact that he is drug free and doing good. I also gave him a great big hug, and told him to keep up the good work; to keep clean and lead a happy life. Sorry it's been so long either of us had written, we'll try to keep you all updated! Thanks for all of your support!
  14. mrzebra

    mrzebra Well-Known Member


    I had this forum bookmarked, and for some reason, the bookmark no longer worked, I thought that I'd never find this site again:(

    For those of you who remember me and helped me through the toughest period of my life, I just wanted to give a HUGE THANK YOU!!!!

    I have now been clean for 15 months, as of this Wednesday!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I would also like to list my personal accomplishments in the last 15 mos, as It should provide great encouragement to those who have read my story, and are where I was 15 mos ago.

    Since getting clean I do not go to pawn shops. Anyone who lives in Florida knows that they are as common as gas stations. I used to pawn something every week to feed my addiction.

    I have been in no trouble with the law and don't even jaywalk.

    We have been on two cruises to (1) Key West, and Cozumel. (2) Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Grand Cayman. We are going on a third in December, to Belize, Cozumel, Costa Maya, and Nassau.

    I have had in the neighborhood of three thousand dollars worth of dental work done, to repair the damage that the meth did.

    I am a nicer person. I don't know how to explain it other than to say I care more. And since I've traveled the road to nowhere I don't take things for granted.

    I quit smoking cigarettes on April 30 of this year. I want to live now.

    I am enrolled in the local community college for classes beginning Aug 25. I am taking Spanish, Math, Psyshology, and Sociology.

    I have learned how to use computers as well as taught myself to type.

    I hope that this posting gives hope to some frightened kid like I was, and makes certain that the people who helped me (you all know who you are, I don't wanna name names for fear of leaving someone out) go to bed tonight knowing how much you changed/saved my life.

    From the bottom of my heart, Thank God for you guys.


    Nick aka Mr Zebra

    P.S Mrs Zebra is doing great, says hi, and will be an RN in 9 more months!!!!!!
  15. hayley7

    hayley7 Well-Known Member

    well its so nice to see you post here agian and congradulations!!!!!I remember your story quite clearly. Im on month 11 from my fun 10 year run. I hope to be were you are someday soon.

  16. teddyb

    teddyb Well-Known Member

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you both! Enjoy it all and thanks for posting your success here, so that others can see it can be done. How wonderful life must be for you now! Cherish it all, the good and the bad and whenever you get a chance, nudge some of the others here who are hoping to achieve what you have achieved! Thanks
  17. mrs-zebra

    mrs-zebra Member

    Hi everyone! I just wanted to give everyone and update and encourage those who are wanting come off of methadone. Mr Zebra has been clean for 2 1/2 years. He's still going to school (in his 4th semester) and a straight "A" student. We have a car now, and are paying off our debt. Most importantly, he's back. It's thanksgiving today, and I would like to give thanks to God that he has made it to where he is today. I want to thank all of you who wrote to him and kept his spirits up, you guys encouraged him to stay strong and with your help, he was able to stay clean and get through a very rough time. He has repaired broken relationships with his family and is working hard to repair his relationship with his son. Thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts. Your support is truly a blessing. I hope his story inspires you, because it sure inspires me! God bless you all.
  18. peacenik

    peacenik Administrator

    Thanks mrs Z for coming by :) You really made my day. Please say Hi to mr z for me .

  19. teddyb

    teddyb Well-Known Member

    So Happy for you both Mr and Mrs Z! A great accomplishment! Best wishes and hugs
  20. mrzebra

    mrzebra Well-Known Member

    Hello everybody,
    I hope that you are all well! Thank you for following my continued progress (I began my fifth semester of college today)!

    I have a question, I'm guessing it's going to be answered by Dave (thanks in advance lol). Can someone tell me methadone's long term effect on metabolism? I have looked around the posts, but found no answer. When I was on methadone, I understand that my metabolism was slowed down, however I have been off for years now. I gained weight when I started taking meth. I had never even realized that although I originally gained a ton of weight, and even after taking most of it off, I have never been the same since. I have now put it all back on, and am huge. I have tried to shed the pounds twice, each attempt lasting approximately one month. During these attempts I have been pretty good about eating right (approx 2000 calories), (although I'd eat few calories all day then drink a soda and eat a bag of skittles at night).......... Sorry, just trying to paint a clear picture so that I can get an accurate answer................ I have been far less active than when I was on methadone. I know that my current bad eating habits combined with lack of exercise are to blame for my current state. What I want to know is could my metabolism be permanently altered? If so, is there anything that a doctor can prescribe to help me? IS IT POSSIBLE THAT THIS WEIGHT THAT I PUT ON WILL STAY WITH ME FOR LIFE??????

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