I just stumbled across this site and decided to pay it forward because reading all these posts about opiate w/d's makes me sad so many people are suffering when they dont need to be.
I have a 7-8 year opiate addiction(3 yrs heroin/oxys and 4 yrs methadone) Was on 120mgs and tapered down to 40mgs, by myself, with mininumal withdrawals. 40-20 mgs was hard. RLS, no sleep, fatigue, tired and worst of all stomach pains/discomfort/diahria. At this time i was doing lots of research because, to be honest, i couldnt do it on my own and im usually the type of person who does things on their own.
I found some evidence that cannabis helps opiate withdrawals and studies done on actual methadone patients and the study showed it helped their w/d symptoms. Now back a step up, cannabis? Didnt we end up in this place, replacing one drug for another? Well, simply put yes, but were not replacing it are we? Cannabis masks mainly all the problems opiate withdrawals shove down our throats and its natural and not physically addictive.
So i vaped only when my w/d's were acting up mostly at night and morning. Usually good during the day. Did this till 20mgs and it got real hard. Started making hash capsules/edibles and my life changed forever with no more w/d's. I realized i needed edibles the whole time. So I did this down to 10mgs and i easily couldve just stopped here. Since nobody believed me that i felt fine, i continued the taper to 3 mgs.
First week of that dose i started eating lots of veggies/water//fruits, no processed foods, no red meat, extra protien, immodium when needed, multi and a b-complex vitamins. I quit taking methadone on that saturday, skipping the next final 3 weeks, and this is where i am now. 5 days and im cruising. I feel sooo much better than i have for the last 8 years. I have been willingly active(not forced) but still get exhausted pretty easily(nothing qigong cant fix), stomache acts up 24/7 but still nothing like 40-20mgs. Ive been sleeping 5+ hrs now, try to exercise as much as possible(injured knee) and eat a bunch of food. Lets lock the devil out for good!