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Tapering off norco too quickly

Aug 21, 2012 - 3 comments
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After researching tapering methods, I decided that I was going to stay on the same dose that I am on now for two or three days, even though I was only getting mild withdrawal symptoms.  I went from 12-18 10mg. norco per day (sometimes more) to four per day in about a week.  I felt okay during this week.  I was still able to go to work, take care of my son, and do things around the house.  Even though I felt pretty good and know that I am strong enough to quit, my long term sobriety is important.  I am worried about hitting the depression after detox and not being able to handle depression, especially because I am not depressed on the pills.  I have plenty of pills.  I am the one dispensing them to myself and I am not getting any sort of high off the ones that I take now.  The last two days I only needed four, but last night I couldn't sleep at all and had other mild withdrawal symptoms.  I decided that I am going to slow the taper down to give my body time to adjust to the new dosage and hopefully a slower taper will eliminate some of the depression that follows detox.  So, I'm thinking 5 per day for 3-4 days, then 4 per day for 3 days, then 2 per day for 3 days, then when I get down to only one pill per day, I will stay on it for a while.  Possibly taking 1/2 in the am and 1/2 in the evening.  I may even take 1/2 pill per day far a couple of weeks, just so that I eliminate as much depression as possible.  I want to be done forever and I will do whatever it takes!

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