I just started to detox yesterday from Hydrocodone. At 2pm today it will be 48 hrs since I have taken my last hydrocodone, but it still does not feel easier. I fear I will never be myself again and it scares me. I used to be such an active peron and hydrocodone completely crippled me. It started for my back pain, moved to mental enjoyment and temporary heightenment. It just started lasting less and less until I needed a higher dose to maintain the same feeling. It just grabbed a hold of me so fast when I was not looking. Addiction runs into my family, so i have always stayed away from drugs, limited my alcohol intake. I even quit smoking ciggerates 10 years ago. I thought I had it all under control until recently. I never had that thought in the back of my mind that these could take hold of me like alcohol or a street drug. I got it from a doctor, it took away my pain. I trusted that Doctor and never though anything about it until i started feeling sick and really sad when I did not have a pill left to take. I decided to do this on my own at home only telling my husband and best friend. I feel like I did this on my own and I should fix it on my own, but it is so hard. I feel like an awefull person and i just want to get this out of my life once and for all. I wonder if I will be myself again or someone else from the damage these pills have caused me. Does anyone know if Hydrocodone causes permanent damage? Thanks for any thoughts or answers.
So I made it 87 hours and started feeling so good. Well I was taking ativan for the anxiety and that was the only thing that helped with the stress of it all. Well my Doctor went on vacation when he was suppose to send in another script for me and I ran out. I was able to call the doctors office and get another script written by another doctor, but after several hours. I had an anxiety attack since I did not have any to take or maybe it was the idea of not having them that sent me in the downward spiral so I ended up taking a hydrocodone once again. I do not want to take another one, but I am afraid to go through any of the withdrawl I went through in the first couple of days. I will have my ativan in another hour and will make sure to not run out again while going through this, but I scare myself thinking that I am not strong enough to go through this. I have only been addicted for a year, but it has hurt my marriage and I have a beautiful son to think about, not when am I going to need to take another pill. Any reassuring words? Sometimes My Husband is not the best person of words, but I know he cares. I guess any support would be good at this point.
Taking a pain pill here and there will keep setting you back as far as the detox goes so you want to avoid doing that. If you made the decision to get off of these pills, then buckle down and do it. You are going to be sick for a few days. There is no getting around that. We can give you some suggestions for home remedies to help ease the symptoms and we can be here to support you.
Like I said, it will only be a few days and you will begin to feel better. That is a promise. I know it stinks but it is so worth it in the long run---not being a slave to those devil pills.
I am confused as to whether you are off of them or you took one (don't mind me) so let us know what day you are on and we can support you here. Please hang on, it does get better.
Welcome and congrats on making it this far and on your decision to quit the pills. How many were you taking in a day/month? Ok so the first thing you need to do is get rid of all the pills you have, as you discovered in a moment of weakness if they are there you will take them. Cant finish posting rt now have crazy kid stuff starting but I wanted to let you know you are not alone and keep posting you will get the support you need to get off the pills be back in a bit H
If you are serious about getting clean then you need to get rid of all the pills you have. They will just call your name. You CAN get thru the wd's. You wont feel good for awhile but you need to get them out of your system. Dont be afraid of this part, be more afraid of what will happen if you continue on this road. Keep posting as we are here to support you~~sara
Thanks everyone! I was prescribed them years ago for a bad back and for four years I seemed to have it under control until they upped my script for 5-500 to 10-350. It was only a matter of months before I realized and then it was too late. Everytime I tried to stop it made me so sick so it took a couple more months to admit it. It made me scared for a while, but then I buckled up and decided to do it. I was up to 10 pills a day before I quit. I did good until this morning. Took that one and have hated myself so much since that. I do not have anymore, but I am afraid that my husband has a few laying around, because he takes them too, so that makes it hard. I try not to think about it and tell him to not tell me where he puts them. I would like to see him get off them too, but he says he has no problem. I know this is on me and I need to do this... I hope the next few days are not as bad as the first two I had. That scares me a little. Thank you for the support though. It means a lot.
We are here for you. Your problems and decisions sound EXACTLY like me. It snuck up on me after it was too late. I had my last hydro yesterday, after about a year. It is horrible and taking over my life. My husband cares, but doesn't quite understand. I have two children (5 & 6 years old) and I hate how it steals time from them.
Do you pray and/or believe in God? I really suggest even if there is just an ounce of belief or faith in your system just start talking to God. Everytime I get the overwhelming feeling of pain or fatigue or nausea or whatever, I stop, take a walk and talk to God. Crying out in whatever way I can. I truly believe He is here to hold us, but at the same time He has to allow us to go through the pain of withdrawal so we learn our lesson.
Look around the forums, find some supplements to take to help with withdrawal. There are lots of good plans. I also found some tea that seems to be helping. It's called Yogi brand "Detox" tea to promote healthy liver and kidney function. Drink lots of water too. Try to give up any other meds you are taking. I was given zoloft for anxiety (which I am taking) and xanax for anxiety (trying not to take). You want to get rid of the addiction, not fill the hole with something else.
Hang in there. Just think, a week from now you will be so much better!!! WE WILL feel so much better together! It will feel like we are experiencing real life and beauty and joy for the first time! :) I can't wait to celebrate that with you!
You can do this!! you have set your mind to do and now you just need to stick to it.Tell your hubby not to give you any at all no matter what or even better tell him to get them out of the house.Dont beat yourself up over the slipp up today-it happens and just keep going forward from here.You can do this.The next few days shouldnt be as bad as the first 2 but they wont be pleasant.Check out the Thomas recipe for ideas on how to get through detoxing.The apprehension and anxiety of what coming up for you i going to be much worse if you dont keep busy.Go for walks,even if up and down the driveway, try to keep moving as much as possible and keep the mind busy.Keep up the good work and you can do this!!! H
Hi and welcome to MH. You are doing the right thing by getting off of these pills. I'm sure I don't have to tell you how dangerous they are....it seems you have already figured that out for yourself. Is there any way you can talk your hubby into quitting? He says he doesn't have a problem, but do you know how many he is taking a day? I told myself for months and months that I didn't have a problem, the whole while I was taking between 20 to 25 a day. In fact...I know quite a few people that do these pills, and the first sign that tips me off that they have a problem, is them saying "I don't have a problem with them". For many reasons, people don't like to accept and admit the fact that they have a problem with them. So...if you can talk your hubby into quitting the same time you do, it will make it soo much easier for you. It's so hard to quit these things when you know they are around the house, or you know people that do them. Trust me. But kudos for getting off of these things before they become a bigger problem- and they will too. If you are serious about quitting, then make a plan and stick to it. I don't think I need to tell you that the longer you put this off, the harder it will be to quit. I think you have already figured that much out. Stay on MH and post....the people who are here are a tremendous help and will guide you the whole way. God bless and good luck!
Its been about 4 1/2 days and I am hoping to be myself again soon. Not there yet but starting to feel a little better , but still have bad episodes, trying to stay strong. How did the rest of you do it and how are you doing now? Thanks for any advice
hey friend...well I am clean for 48 hours last night at 7 pm, so I am not as far as long as u. I have an addiction due to pain, but I have been on tabs for a long time. I have been taking 30-50 10mgs tabs a day..depending on how I get them. But now I know i gotta get clean because I don't want the control those pills have on me anymore. I have loaded myself with potassium and vitamins..and pepsi! LOL..thats another addiction Im not giving up on. but, I am having more of a mental issue than anything..it's soooo hard. My physical wds havent been wat they normally are when I run out and am seeking..and I am not in my using environment either. I left home for awhile..my kids are grown. Well i hve a 17 year old that knows about my addiction but just knows i do it for pain. I havent had a high off of these pills in over 8 years...that's the God's honest truth. I take them for the pain...and figure i'll have less of it when im off of it completely. Good luck to you, and me and all others trying to beat this lousy stuff.
Facing ANY challenge in our lives will cause us to question, be fearful, sometimes DOUBT, and I think we worry about failing, which then becomes like a focus. We all have demons to fight. Sometimes they are demons that took possesion of us without us even knowing, and sometimes it is from choices we make. The bottom line is this...WE are in control of what WE want for US. Change is NOT easy. Life was not meant to be easy. Without taking those challenges, we NEVER become strong and never grow. We will stay the same! Like water in a gutter...we will just stay the same. Hang in there, because you are NOT water in the gutter...you are a PERSON who wants this change.
hi my name is tina,i started my detox 2 days ago.i'm doing it by weening off because i've been on hydrocone 10/325 for 5 months.the problem is i have periphial neropaty,it's a condition that effects the nerves in my hands and legs,i take 6 a day and was running out way early,any suggestions ?i'm read and am staring vitamins,at what point will i have the strenght to excersise or take care of my teenage boys that play footbal and a mother and daughter with bipolar?
Hi Tina and welcome....since this is a really old thread you need to click on "ask a question" at the top of the page and start a new thread...you will get more responses that way....everyone is diff but 4-5 days is usually the worst..post a new question and get more responses....good luck and we can support you thru it. Hang in there!!
Hi. I was wondering how you were doing now. Are you still of the pills? I've been taking hydro's for over 5 years now, up to 15-20 a day and I'm on day 1 of detox. I've tried to detox so many times.., I'm scared because I know how hard it is and how much pain I'm going to be in within the next few days. I just want to see if you're still off them and see how you feel. I too was so upbeat and fun before I got a hold of these damn pills. I'm scared I will never be that person again without them...
Good for you! I am going through the exact same thing. YOU are doing much better than I am....I'm still on 4 from WAY MORE THAN THAT A DAY! I have NO ENERGY.
I HATE to tell you about this site especially if maintaining, but IF things get worse--go to the site turntohelp.com probably add the www. stuff. Dr can prescribe Suboxone-- temporarily. UNFORTUNATELY, My dr. let me be on it or 8 years! It's actually usually a week thing. They wean you off. They just got in trouble for not following procedure, but they did give me a list of Drs that prescribe it. JUST don't be an idiot like me and allow it to go on for YEARS! I was not strong enough to say wean me off. Now I'm REALLY trying to do on own. I too was on over 20 a day--I know sounds like lie.....went to medical rehab detox first (didn't even think there was a thing). It worked for years until I found Dr. that didn't have me take blood tests EVER.....Obviously, I wasn't ready. I am now. STRUGGLING MYSELF. BEST OF LUCK---It's SO HARD and nobody (unless been there) get it! I DO!
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