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The End of Methadone Detox

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

  1. peacenik

    peacenik Administrator

    Hi mrz,
    First off, congratulations on geting free from methadone.
    I don't really know for sure the long term effects methadone has on your metabolism. I do know that afterwards we tend to be obsessive with stuff for a while. Could be you got into food :)

    I took off a lot of weight after getting off methadone. Now I have put some weight on over the years since then, but I think that's pretty normal.

    One thing I do notice is that I can't sleep late anymore, but again, I'm not so sure that's really abnormal for someone 58 years old, my friend who I work with has never been on drugs and has a similar pattern with sleep.

    So I'd say you can take that weight off with a good diet, but your metabolism will take some time to get back to normal, or some "new normal". I don't like to worry people who are just approaching this, but I think it takes a couple years for you to really shake methadone. You do not rebound right afterwards as you might expect. So I would expect that a diet now would work much better for you.
  2. fwappy

    fwappy New Member

    Jill ! You are truly inspiring.

    I am new here, and I have 58 days off Methadone. I believe May 25th was my rebirth date. Have come along way. So much to tell. Someone, maybe Jill, stated something about Anadonia ? A more accurate spelling is Anhedonia, this is a clinical term for the inability to experience joy or pleasure, often seen in depression. And yes, it is a common symptom of the Post Acute withdrawl phase of Methadone detox.

    The same with not wanting to talk or converse. It might be considered that during Detox the body is making so many changes, and these changes are occuring in all parts of ones body. So, its not surprising that we experience these frustraing symptoms.

    Good news is, what seems to be the concensus in this thread is that these things will pass. For the days of real freedom are coming where we will feel better, and the other good news is we have EARNED it. IMHO taking opiates was like treading water, and now I have earned my right to permanently sit on shore.

    Last edited: Jul 24, 2011
  3. mrs-zebra

    mrs-zebra Member

    Hello everyone,


    I know that this seems impossible to detox from the beast that is methadone. It sure seemed impossible to me. I tried to quit dozens of times (at least). If you are struggling, I believe that I am a model of hope for you all. Read my story in its entirety. I was so scared to detox off methadone. So scared. So very scared. However, I did it. The moderators of this forum are very special people who were an intricate part of my success.

    I have had surgery since coming off methadone (I had a hernia that needed repair). Guess what? I told the doctor that I would not take pain meds post-op. I straight out refused. In turn, the doctor refused to perform my surgery. So, the hospital called another surgeon and explained that the patient would not take pain meds. This surgeon repaired the hernia, and was understanding of my need of not having pain medicine. I’ve also had kidney stones. They hurt like hell. Pain is temporary. Addiction is not.

    I’m a registered nurse now. Yes, you read that right. I’m a board certified registered nurse. I passed my NCLEX exam last month and am now seeking employment. Go back and read my posts. Who would’ve thought? If I can do it, you can do it. I really hope that this update brightens up someone’s day.
    There is hope. You can do this. Life can be amazing. I wish you all the best of luck.

    Mr. Zebra
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  4. alumni

    alumni Member

    I am new to contributing to this discussion forum but I wanted to thank you for sharing your story for a couple of reasons.
    First, many, many addicts on MMT absolutely believe it is impossible to discontinue and remain clean. I, however, have worked with numerous people who have succeeded at both just like you. It ain't easy but it's definitely doable.
    Also, there are nagging fears during recovery about how actual surgical or urgent pain treatment episodes will always result in relapse. You dealt with that by refusing narcotics. I dealt with it by remembering the hell of detox and truthfully consulting with my doctors while very carefully managing their use short-term. Relapses can happen in these situations but they are not a foregone conclusion by any means.
    Congratulations on what you've achieved.
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  5. mrs-zebra

    mrs-zebra Member

    I don't check this forum often, however I like to chime in and give updates on my progress from time to time. I forgot my login email years ago, so I use the Mrs-Zebra account (my wife's email).

    My 10 years clean date was May 13, 2017. That was a very special day for both my wife as well as myself. We bought our first home last month. It's beautiful. I have been employed as a RN for over 2 years now. I work on an Oncology floor. As you can imagine, my patients require many pain meds. I give IV fentanyl, morphine, and dilaudid every day that I work. Administering all of those narcotics never bothers me. I never get a craving, never an urge. I feel bad for the addicts that walk into the hospital.
    I like to read my old posts from time to time. They are a very stark reminder of how awful life used to be. I now struggle with constant anxiety, usually regarding my health. I often wonder how much all of the drug use affected my long-term health. I also love the fact that 18K+ people have read this thread. I hope that it has given some people some spark of hope, because addiction is a monster that can be subdued. I am lucky enough to have had an amazing support system in my wife.

    Good luck everyone! You can do it!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. peacenik

    peacenik Administrator

    thanks for the report zebra. You are definitely one of the success stories. I feel real gratitude to have been there and to have witnessed, and I hope helped, you on your journey. Keep on enjoying your new life - it just gets better with time.

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