My husband and I are addicted to percocet and ocycontin we have been doing them straight for the last 5 months but on and off for the last year or so. Our bodies have learned to function with them in our system and when we have them we get things done. When we don't have them we are dead (its the only way I can describe it). I stumbled accross this site today which was like a blessing is disguise. I don't feel alone anymore. If we rum out of the percriptions then we buy off the streets and thats alot of $$$. We need to quit theres no doubt about that. I don't even no what it's like to feel "normal" anymore. We are both on day 2 cold turkey and I know tomorrow someone has oxy's for sales and it sucks because I know I will feel better with one pill, but on the other hand I don;t want to withdrawl all over again. This life sucks. No one knows about our addiction therfore we have no support and we have to small kids. I would love to go to rehab hell I even tried to sign up for the show Intervention on A&E. I am not myself anymore unless I have a forever supply of pills. I thought withdrawls were supposed to last for 3 days and the more I read it seems like they can last for a month is that true or is the worst of it only 3-4 days? I don't want to feel this way forever and that how I feel right now. I tried to taper off but it didn't go to well due to the fact that there are 2 addicts in the house, so I feel like I am in a nightmare.
Do you have a doctor you can trust? Or even of one you can trust? If not desperately seek a doctor (regular practicioner) to refer you to a doctor or clinic that specializes in addiction and pain management. This could totally change your life and there are a slew of ways from insurance to government assistance to help pay for it. Please don't forget how you feel and what you think right at this very moment because it could get you through the process of never having to go back to that way of life. You are right, it truly feels as if you're dead, or a someone has completely drained you of your blood supply and energy resources. As far as how long it takes, that's an impossible question to give an honest flat answer to because as much as you may get sick of hearing this, it really is different for everyone. It was longer for me and I even went on a program. One thing you can do right now is to eat well even if you aren't hungry and start B vitamins and folic acid. I'm sure others know more about the vitamin supplements. Good luck, please don't give up!
First of all, Congratulations! You and your husband should be really proud of yourselves for taking the first step to stop the pills. Your lives and the lives of your kids will be so much better because of the choice you are making to get clean. Try to keep that in mind during the hard times.
Yes, you are going to feel like you're going through hell for awhile but it will get better. How long the wds last will depend on how much you were taking. In my own experience and from what I have learned from others here is that the worst of the physical symptoms will last for a week or so. Mostly feels like a really bad case of the flu. Hopefully, you can take some time off work as that helps a lot. You will continue to struggle with low energy for awhile too but exercise and some of the things you will find on the health pages - lower right corner - like Thomas Recipe also help a lot.
You definitely came to the right place. There are lots of people here who will offer support, encouragement and advice anytime you need it. Keep posting and hang in there.
Stay strong - don't go buy those pills tomorrow! You can do this!
Thanks to both for the quick response, it made me cry. I don't work right now and it is my first week to watch the kids since we don't have the money for a babysitter anymore. I feel like a bad mom right now. I hate this addiction with all my heart. I can't stop thinking about stuiped pills and how if I had pills then I could be productive right now instead of a zombie. So the withdrawls can last for a week? When did you feel normal again? My husband has it bad right now he is throwing up but I have to stay stronger for the kids and thats hard. After day for does it get better?
Days 3 and 4 were the most difficult for me and I've heard others say the same. Yeah, you may FEEL more productive if you had the pills now but remember that is the pills talking - not reality. The high and euphoria you got from them wasn't real and you will eventually be able to function so much better without them.
I'm sorry you feel like a bad mom. Try to focus on the fact that you are stopping the use so that you can be an even better mom. If you dididn't care about your kids, you wouldn't be putting yourself through this.
Is there anyway that your husband could finish his detox and then you could start so that he could take over with the kids? Not sure if that's good advice or not - it's probably not going to be helpful to either of you if you have pills in the house.
You know, I'm proud you're both doing this but let me tell you the facts ok? Yes, withdrawal is different for everyone but it lasts longer than a week. I'm not going to blow sunshine around and tell you that it will be over in a day because it's not. It takes appx 3 weeks for the acute symptoms to clear, but some days are better and some are worse. If you read that figure somewhere then it is correct.
You have made a commitment and it's going to be one of the hardest things you've ever done. I wish there was more focus on preparatory work before quitting opiates because I think more people would be successful.
Clonidine is good for the withdrawal symptoms. It will ease them down a bit. You will need to sleep and your body will be on its own schedule of eating etc. Follow your body's needs.
If you need help then get professional help. Don't be afraid to do that.
You can't have any pills in the house if you are serious about quitting. If you're not serious then you're going to end up taking them. NO pills in house.
We have talked about the idea of one detoxing first and then the other it is just easy said then done. we actually tried the other day and the outcome was like wat you said. When there are pills in the house they do not sit around for a very long time. Some people I read about are stopping the pill use cold turkey and still have pills lieing around and I have no idea how they do that. Right now My husband is on the Army base getting to relax in his Barrack room whille I am here taking care of the kids while withdrawling and I am somewhat pissed. Pills don't lead to a good place no drugs do. I am sweating, getting cold, not eating, hurting and puting on a fake happy face while I do all of it because I have no one to talk to because no one know about my secret addiction. My parents would disown me. I'm supposed to be perfect to everyone but I'm not. Sorry to give the sob story. My head is so confused.
I am on day one of being off 10 vicodin a day/ I went to my first NA meeting and am glad I went... Felt so much love and compassion there.. I haven't even started withdrawals.. But am taking a few adavan to help with them and sleep. Hang in there. warm regards, g
WOW........ its like reading part of my story. i totally know how you feel. i also know what it is like to keep an addiction secret, that is sometimes worse than the addiction itself. let me just make a few suggestions ok. do you have NA in your area, or AA for that matter? meetings REALLY help. you need the support of other addicts. this forum is great, really great. but you need to see some people face to face that are going through the same things as you. also take hot baths and try some hot camomile tea, it will calm you. try some imoduim ad if that part get too bad, if its tollerable then let it happen, your body needs to flush. you will hear this one everywhere, DRINK LOTS OF WATER, LOTS OF WATER. can't stress that one enough. what you are doing, quiting c/t is one of the hardest things you will ever have to do, believe me i know. but it will be soooooooo worth it. when you are through the first week, be warned you might still get cravings. even after a month or so, but hang in there. get on the forum and spill your guts, go to meetings and find a sponsor. you will be in my prayers. i dont usually give out my number, especially on line, but my heart just goes out to you. if you need some one to talk to, some one to pray with you, send me a private message and i will give you my number and then i will also be able to tell you more about what helps me. god bless you, christina
you can do it i thiink the first weak and a half i think i thought deep down in side i couldnt do it, but i just waited it out and today is day 15 and i feel acually normal its weird i feel good you no. when ever somone posted and said that they feel good after a month or after two weaks i thgought itd be different but you acually feel normal i dunno its hard to explain but it gets alot beter you just havta wait
15 Days seems so far away. I know it's really not but withdrwls seem neverending. Well I am almost to day 3 and from what I heard it may suck even a bit harder. Wish I never did this to myself. Drugs are the devil in desguise. You think they are your friend but there is a nasty price you have to pay for them in the end. Thanks to everyone for their reponses they have made my day. I just want to sleep but I can't becasue I need to take care of the kids. Please someone set me up on intervention the tv show.
I'm sorry you're hurting so much - physically and emotionally. I understand about keep the secret of addiction - I think lots of us do. Is there a doctor or even a counselor you could talk to for some help?
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