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How to quit drugs

This is how you beat the drug addiction. You mostly all know me, you can look up my struggle with pain med addiction on the forums. I am feeling better than ever before, and I would love to tell you how.
Withdrawals are the reason we can't quit... well here's a way to get threw it.
**The List**
Depression
Restless Leg Syndrom (syndrome) (insomnia)
Body Ache
Abdominal pain
Anxiety

**The help**
Depression, this is one of the worst symptoms. Depression is all in your head, all you have to do is imagine a happy future without this drug. Imagine a life without spending money, time, and your life on drugs. Think of this happy life at the end of the withdrawals as a prize, or a goal to reach. Also I have been watching really funny TV shows, they make me laugh. Personally I love Two and a Half Men.

Restless Leg Syndrom (syndrome), this is why you cant sleep at night. But for some people its not just the legs. For my it was my entire body. What I did was exercise with any free time I had. Before I went to bed I jogged/ran/walk around my neighborhood. I ran and jogged till I felt like I was going to collapse. Then I would walk home take some benadryl (that cr@p knocks me out). And I would sleep like a baby.

Body Ache, this one is easy. I suggest getting some heating pads or taking a hot bath.

Abdominal pain, you get this because the withdrawals make it so you dont want to eat. When you dont eat your body starts to eat its self. Don't force the eating, but I strongly suggest you get some Jello, or some Pudding. If you really need to eat, Asian food is perfect. Not China way, or cr@py fast food asian food. You all know that joke you can eat a whole bunch of asian food and still feel hungry? Well... perfect! NO FAST FOOD because you will get the runs with the withdrawals. Fast food will make you day a lot worse.

Anxiety, find something to take your mind off the withdrawals and drugs. Got a car? Do some work on it. Yoga, exercise, puzzles, cooking, drawing, painting, video games, anything that will get your mind off it. Personally I have a truck that needed work. This week of withdrawals I have been working non stop on it and it is running nice.
**EXERCISE**
I know its hard, but a good work out will make you feel SOOO much better. Working out gets your adrenaline, mind, body, and soul feeling good. You can look it up. Exercise and proper diet goes a long way.

Now this isnt the fool proof way to quit, but if you slowly cut down what your doing. Get to the point where you are fighting to barely do it. Once your body gets used to the lower dosage of drugs. Then quit! Use these methods.

And keep telling yourself... YOU CAN DO IT!!!
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thank you very much for this post. the next couple weeks for me will be very hard but i am going to stick to these methods and hopefully i can finally get rid of this awful habit that has really brought me down.
Sean
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Thanks for the useful information.  Makes it sound "doable"...............
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I could not agree more. Great post

Lisa
Jacksonivlle,FL
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good post, altough I do not beleive depression is all in your head.
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Good post.  For some depression goes real deep and help is needed.  Keep up the positive attitude!!!          sara
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This is a good post.  I don't agree with some of it, though.

The whole, "depression is all in your head" comment for starters.

And I have lived with RLS my entire life and for me, exercise does not make them better, nor does benadryl.  Actually benadryl makes them 10 times worse.  

I do agree with the exercise in the fact that it seems to make the whole WD process recovery faster.  Seems like the more you exercise, the faster your body gets back to normal.
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Ok well the depression comes from the chemical addiction in your brain. You brain is saying... hey, where the hell is this drug I've been getting for how ever long you've been doing it. Drugs put you into a euphoric (happy) state of mind. Take away the drug and your brain takes away the happy.

I guess I should of added going to see a therapist or a self help group, helps a lot.

now the RLS, I had it pretty bad for the first 2 nights then I started pushing my self to exercise like crazy. I ran till i was about to fall on someone front lawn. I got home and my legs were burning (which helps the RLS stop, heating pads, or a hot bath). I took something that made me go to sleep. And slept like a baby.

Withdrawals affect everyone differently, but exercise DOES help out so much.

Lol sorry... I'm not Dr. Drew, but these methods helped me
And I was taking pain meds for 3 years, so my withdrawals were pretty d@mn bad.
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Oops... I should of mentioned that that after a while your brain will say. Oh well this drug ain't coming back. Time to go back to being happy the old fashion way.

Happiness will return to you.

Stay strong, stay clean, and keep your mind in a good place.
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and please dont forget aftercare.....getting clean is the easy part, staying clean is the hard part.
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sarah hits it on the head, prolly the flippers help her out tho LOL. for real, life long sobriety is more than what is stated in your original post by just a little.
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Gotta agree with Sara too.I can remember when I was going thru my w/ds from methadone and reading how people would say that was the easy part,I thought they were nuts.Now almost 600 days clean,I know all too well what they were talking about.The physical part is no walk in the park,but the mental part is the real beast.Aftercare ,Aftercare,Aftercare......Peace...Kim
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Nice post Kevin , Well done !   Jim
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i agree, depression is caused by the shock to your body or brain...we have supressed our central nervice systom for a long time...its going haywire now.   the drugs suppresses the central nervice system..makes it numb...now...it doesnt know what to do...I don't believe its a real depression  ...I hope you all know what I'm trying to say...yes, the depression is real...its just not the normal kind...caused from the normal...situation...was the nervous system calms down....so will the depression...etc...the RLS..I agree on that too...for me...benadryl  anything like that....was have me climbing the walls...I call it the heeby jeebies...I've always been that way though...never could take antihistamines...etc..makes my skin crawl.   I've tried the Homeopathic stuff...only thing that worked for me..at all..was the hot baths...but, that was just while I was in the bath....reading this morning has been very helpful...tomorrow I start...you all try so hard to help everyone..I'm sure it helps you to know you're helping others...   thanks for the good read this morning....
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