i was on 200mg of oxycontin a day, crushing and sniffing them. especially for my age it was an extremely high dose. i was 3 weeks clean, relapsed the other day, but im right back at it again and ready as i ever was. anything is doable if you have the will to do it! i recomend he reads this forum, NA meetings, and on the top right of the page click health pages and read the thomas recipe. it is a slow night more people will be able to help soon
The first question is he ready to quit? If not it won't happen. As hard as it is to quit. It is the easy part of the recovery. It takes a 110% commitment to wanting to be clean and stay clean. Posting here will help you understand what he is going through.
Getting him on here would be a huge help. Once he sees how others have successfully kicked their habits, it will give him hope.
like avisg said, if he could taper down some it may be a little less shock to his system.....that is a high dose...there are different ways to quit...scan the health pages...lots of good info there....like gtm said...he has to want it and commit to the goal....it is a process that takes commitment...he is lucky to have you for support
I have gone cold turkey off this drug at least 6 to 7 times, I used to take 4-5 80mg oxicotin pills per day, usually 2 in the morning & one in the after noon, then another two in the evenings, I was so hooked it was horrible, I detoxed off it & usually felt fine after 3 to 4 days, but always went back. The withdrawals off this drug are ugly, & the last time I tried to detox off it I was at my bottom, so I went into methadone treatment, which was the biggest mistake I have ever made in my life. I also recomend tapering down before the detox process, which is what I should have done, but was in no shape to, I couldnt control myself. Penelope
as stated above..He has got to want to or it won't happen. He is taking alot and of course no dr. is prescribing him that many. Does he tell you thats what he's taking? Has he showed the deire to stop? i know i was spending so much money on the "extra pills" that it cost us a place to live..not too mention all kinds of things. Tapering is extremely difficult to do by yourself. we get into this mess because we have no self control when we have a bottle of pills. I had many intentions,almostly monthly to start to taper..never happened. and i didn't have anyone to trust to hold on to them and help. he would need someone give him daily amount and not even give him the temptation to take them all the time. Would he be willing to do that? Even if he could get down to 10/dy he would be sick for a week but he would be so much better everyday. i went off 10 a day cold turkey.
good luck to you and please do try and get him to come here..it is a wonderful site and more helpful than you can imagine..take care..
i was also addicted to oxycodone 30mg tablets at16 tablets per day. 4 in the morn, 4 at noon 4 at three o clock then last 4 at 8pm.i went to suboxone doctor i found online and have been on suboxone ever since. no dts/no cravings, it was a miracle. i can honestly say i have had a few slip ups, meaning if i know someone who was going to give my their whole prescription of oxy for a cheap price I would stop the sub two days a head of time and do my thing (Oxy) til they ran out, usually 5 days then back to suboxone. i know this sounds terrible and many people will probably bash me for sharing this but it is the truth. i am an addict and doing the best i can. little by little i am learning a very hard lesson. thanks for letting me vent.
OK, I'm trying to do the math here on this one. If one is on a 600-900 mg a day oxy habit, isn't that close to say, a $400-500 a day habit? Obviously a doctor wouldn't prescribe this, so it would have to be purchase via the streets. I don't this it's appropriate to dive into TOO many gory details on here, but I must ask: How does someone sustain a $3500 a week (that's over 180 grand a year) habit?
Wow - well, I'm so sorry ... it's amazing the damage this addiction can cause. I certainly hope your husband can eventually stop. I wish I could say something profound, but I just want to say my thoughts are with you.
Is he being forced to quit cold turkey or just trying to figure which method would work best? If quit cold turkey off a dose that high he will suffer both physical/mental withdrawls. Physical withdrawls can include benign symptoms such as cold sweats, hot flashes, hypersensitivity to stimuli (touch, light, sounds, etc.), tremors, watery stools, explosive diarrea, insomnia, vomitting, poor appetite, feelings of skin crawling, irritability, mood swings, are just a few. One of the more serious symptoms of withdrawl includes that of high blood pressure which if not maintained can sometimes lead to a fatal result i.e. cardiac arrest or even psychosis. Following that of the physical symptoms are that of severe depression. Can you specify on reasons as to why he is quitting? Have you considered allowing a practitioner in adjusting the doses in a taper plan? If not, there are ways this can be done safely at home.
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