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Day 7 of being opiate clean.
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Day 7 of being opiate clean.

First off, i started taking hydrocodone 10mg about 6 - 8 months ago, started out with maybe one every other day.. Then it became 2 a day, then 3 a day. I was taking them everyday starting in november, before that it was just every now and then. But up till here recently i noticed i could take 3 at a time probably 3 or 4 times throughout the day, thats when i decided last saturday that i had a problem and didnt need that problem, so i got my supplements (thomas recipe) besides the L-Tyrosine (couldnt find it). Took 3 tabs that saturday morning and started my supplements that evening. Was ok all day sunday, woke up sunday night(monday morning) around 4:30 in able to fall back to sleep with the feeling of anxiety. Went to doctor that day, told him my problem. He prescribed me Lexapro for the oncoming depression for 6 months and supposingly anxiety but i hear it takes 4 weeks for lexapro to take effect anyway. I got absolutely hardly any sleep up until last night, I took one Xanax and it knocked me out quick with a solid deep sleep for atleast 6 hours and boy did that feel great. Felt good this morning till i started feeling a lil out of wack.. I guess you could say it was a weird feeling of fatigue, anxiety.. Not horrible but definitely not something i want to deal with every day. For the past 2-3 days, i feel like crap in the morning up till about a little after lunch then i feel as im able to get out , take a drive and take my mind off things. (Helps out a ton). Seems like its getting better day by day.. I used opiates for recreational uses and sometimes for severe pain. I am pretty positive i will not relapse because i am very strong minded, and will not put myself through something like that again, absolutely no way!!! haha. But my main question is... How long could i be looking at to feel semi normal again since my opiate use wasnt too severe and less than a year??? Ofcourse with the help of Lexapro, i am on day 6 of the lexapro. (Would really love to drop that also, but afraid to because it might help me?) any input is helpful. And for everybody struggling.. Trust me , it gets better.. Day by day after your initial 4th day into withdrawal.
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Hi Great Job..I just got on and it seems slow...Hang on they roll in and out..From my experience each one of us our different in one way and the same in another...What I am saying is that some bounce back quick and others have to ride a little bit further..As far as the w/d it is all the same no matter what we do...It sounds like you are doing very well...Just hang tight..It gets better as each moment passes..
I found my L-s at the health food store..I got them all compounded..It is all the L--s (a-v) It will say Protein on the bottle. They are amino acids..I highly recomment them..Also I just got this in my 6m and it is good too..It is Rhodiola. I read this alot on the site..It is very good for the energy.
vickie....Hang on..
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I think the anti-depressants will help and like Vic said everyone is different.  Some see a difference in as little as a week but with a lot of people it takes a couple of weeks.  Some of it is cognitive too.  The medicine will help but i as you already know some of the things that you do (like taking a drive) helps to get you out of your head and finding as many of those things you can do is very important.
I am not a dr but I would stay on the Lexapro for a little while at least.  If you have never had a problem with depression you may not have to stay on it long but you will know when it is time to stop it.  At that point talk to your dr about the safest way to come off of it.
Good Luck

Larry
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HI , I took Lexapro for a while too . It really worked for me . I would keep with it and yes it does take a couple weeks to kick in . Congrats on seven days . Stay with us .. Jimmy
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Thank you all, i really needed that support this morning. I really just want my sleep back. I think that depresses me and gives me anxiety more than anything. A xanax will only keep asleep for a few hours, as in last night from 10pm-12:30pm. Then i took 2 unisom 50mg gels and that put me asleep for a few more hours. And before i even went to bed i took 6 valerian root capsuls and 2 melatonin 10mg tablets. Ofcourse im always yawning during the day but unable to catch a good sleep, it is starting to take a toll on my eyes. Im real big on getting sleep. Im not sure if i should try taking some type of prescription sleeping medicine for awhile till my sleep returns or if that would even work?? Or do yall know of anything else that might help me sleep better???
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Every time I went to treatment for detox they always put me on a sleep med.  I have taken xanax before for sleep but like you it only knocked me out for a few hours.  I can't tell you what sleep med may work for you  but you can talk to your dr and maybe they will try you on something like Trazadone (but not necessariy and it doesn't work for everbody and it is not the only sleep med you can take.  Trazadone is not addictive and it is also a good anti depressant for some.  Let us know how your day goes.
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Thanks for the info! I always feel like crap and emotional in the morning but by the evening i have progressed to feeling happy and nothing wrong at ALL. Maybe this hard sleeping problem is from the Lexapro?? I would love to quit it but if it is gonna make my neurotransmitters start producing quicker then ill stay on it.. But obviously they are producing endorphins now since im happy and no worrys, no pills, just food , drink and vitamins is all ive had. I am a bodybuilder so i will start back training monday.i heard that helps also. I cant stand that depressed feeling. The last anti depressant i was on , was Wellbutrin. I stayed on for 2 weeks and quit it because it wouldnt let me sleep ! So maybe lexapro is doin the same?? Or is it just the withdrawals? This is my 8th day clean and about to be my 9th day. Im not sure if i shoukd quit lexapro to see if sleep returns or keep taking it for 4 weeks to see a difference and if not , then be tapered off of it :( . Im confused on whats best to do..
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By the way i bought some alteril sleep aid today. Gonna try it tonight. Took 2 waiting an hour to feel it. If not , then i guess ill take a clonodine or xanax.
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How are you feeling today?  I think the body building will definitely help.  I have recently started back into martial arts and it has helped with my mood a lot.
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I feel fine right now. I always feel awful in the mornings, just get a weird feeling and a lil depressed.. But as the day goes on i start to feel better and by 3pm i feel great ! Then i feel fine in bed till early parts of morning then i start to get that weird feeling again! Then the cycle repeats itself! Could this be the lexapro or withdrawals?
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That is how it started out for me.  I felt bad in the morning but as the day progresses I felt better.  Something I do is I have developed a routine to do in the morning so I complete goals early and it usually lifts me up.
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Hi just want to lend some support..I have some months behind and I Hate Mornings...For the last 6m I still wake up in abit of a YEK..As the day goes on I too get feeling very happy and good energy...My drug use keep me up all night doing work..The snow in N Idaho does not help the issue of just jumping up and feeling great either...Oh I am moving to a warmer state..Ha!!!!!!
You can do this..Just hang tight and ride the wave..You will walk on the beach soon..Ya I wish I had sand right now!!!Ha !! (snow)
vickie
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Thanks, i think im going to stop the lexapro tomm. Ive only been taking it for 7 days. We will see if i feel better or worse in about 2 days, lexapro has a half life of 27-36hrs. I hope the lexapro is the reason for this feeling , cuz the wellbutrin gave me the same feeling. So maybe ill be back to normal after i quit lexapro. I mean im only 23. I wouldnt say i really need it, never needed it before either. My opiate use wasnt for too long either, less than a year.. Even though i went through some rough physical withdrawals, my post recovery really shouldnt take long right? It was stupid of me to take those things, but whats done is done, i will not go back. I keep my words when its about my life. I really just want to know how long my recovery process will be?? Since i wasnt a heavy user nor did i do it for a long time..
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Hi ...Only time will tell....But what I have seen and read on here..this is from my experience...The people who are young, healthy,short term use,and not a large amount in one day (mg) seem to bouch back faster..There is alot involved like exercise, diet, vit/min, fluids, and re-directing ones self...Keeping busy when u can...and give it to you God...
You will be just fine..RECOVERY is for the rest of your life....Detox is short term......You are doing great..I know nothing about the anti-depressents..I could not take them..Happy person anyway...Keep it up....
vickie
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Thanks vickie, im a happy person in general too until now its only towards the evenings that im happy. But like you said, i should bounce back pretty quick to my old self (not pills) or atleast i hope. I take alot of vitamins for well being, so i will continue to do that. Dropping the lexapro even though the doc prescribed it, i think is best for me.
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Please talk to the DOC about dropping the lexapro as I said I could not take any, so I know nothing about them..You might have to taper???There are alot of people that do know OK...Just talk to doc and tell the truth about the whole situation....
God Bless u...You are trying so hard and doing so good...Give yourself some credit...
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great job popester!!  hang in there and never go back   :)
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Hi & congrats... If you can,I would drop the lexapro. Getnamgym membership ..or something that will,keep. U busy..
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I feel good this morning, unlike all the other mornings! No weird feeling etc.. Still not sleeping good though. I dont think i will take the lexapro today, if i keep taking it , it will be harder to come off of. So since ive only been on it for a week, ill stop now.gonna call the doc today and see if he can prescribe me something that will let me get sleep! I also go back to work today, i get off at 5pm and gonna try to hit the gym like my original schedule.everybody have a good day , and when im down, i count my blessings, cuz it could be sooo much worse!! Ill check back in with yall later! Thanks for taking the time to talk to me, literally yall should call yourself guru's and life savers!! Lol
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