I was taking opiate pills anything I could get my hands on that one opiate pill in 2013 I went to the methadone clinic the program works only if you want to the only thing that they don't tell you is it's also hard to get off of methadone yourself but at least when you're on methadone? Start feeling better in about a week but you can go on a 21 day detox or you could just do maintenance maintenance is where you come in everyday in your case I think you would have to do maintenance for a while I don't think the 21 talks would be good for you since you've been on it for so long but I'm not professional but just for my experience of being at the methadone clinic for that long of time
Hi Trisha, so sorry to hear about all the things you have and are going through. I think you would get a better answer over in the Pain Management Community. I have not been on this site for yrs but was very active at one time enough to become a CL. Anyway, Methadone was my last pain med I came off of, besides other meds mixed in, back in 2012. Methadone was used, as you know, to help heroin addicts, now days they are using Buprenorphine (subutex) as a detox and for pain. Both Methadone & Subutex are partial opiate blockers, which means they are not a full agonist & do not completely block receptors. Therefore they are not the strongest for pain. However, as far as any of these painmeds, drugs, street drugs, some prescribed meds, we always have w/ds, if they are not tapered down at a very slow pace.. It takes about 2 yrs or so (depending) for the brain chemistry to balance back and the physical depends on age & how many yrs of use and so fourth. However, since you are going to be on this one, NO it is not as strong but it worked OK for me at the time. As far as any of these meds we build a tolerance and find ourselves needing more to kill pain or if a addict we just use more for the high. I think your safer using this med because it does have a window. However, it was a very hard drug to w/d from being that is is so synthetic. Like I said, all pain meds unbalnce the brain chemistry, play hard on our nervous system and so much more. Please be careful and always taper by a Dr. Move this question over to the Pain Management Community to get more answers..