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Cold Turkey

I have been reading all of these statements and I wanted to know if anyone has tried to just quit cold turkey.  Today is the first day that I have not taken tramadol in about six months.  Honestly, I feel absolutly terrible.  I was surfing the internet to buy some online and came to this site.  Reading all of these postings are making me feel that quitting is going to be a tougher road than I thought but I know feel that I am at a turning point in my life, where a change is needed.  I don't really have alot of pain that I absoluty have to take these pills.  They seem to make me more comfortable in front of other people and public speaking.  I am worried that work is going to get a lot harder.  I have been taking about between 8 and 12 pills a day.  I don't want to taper and even have these things around me anymore but my fiance also takes them and abuses them.  Any ideas on making my situation easier?  I plan on exercising until I am exhuasted and try to forget about the cravings.
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Keep reading,,LOTS of people go the ct route,,gl
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I only have the one experience with my kid(s) being addicted to Oxy's & Perc's but I can definately say, that quitting cold turkey is by far NOT the correct approach.  Addiction is called that because a certain part of the issue is not yours to control, it is the drug's.  You will need help, preferably from a doctor who knows but even so, it will be difficult to quit if you have people(your girlfriend) in your life who abuse
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Hi. The most recent time I stopped using, 29 days ago, I went ct. I used 5 pills after 2 weeks clean. The first 2 week period (after 6+years of using everyday) I used 5mgs valium every 8 hours for first 3 or 4 days plus 1 ambien at night for first 2 nights then 1/2 for several nights. I had a total of 5 ambien and 15 valium which did help with the panic in the first bout. But I got the 5 oxy and went back into w/ds after I used them. I really cold so took alot of baths, took vitimans, walked as much as I could, and came here alot. I love the people that come here and I can feel thier honest concern and support. Keep coming here. You can do this.
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You definatly need more experiance before you make a statement like " ct is by far NOT the correct approach". Thousands of people go ct and with a lifetime program of support and education never use again. Not everyone has a choice but to go ct and your telling them that they"ll fail. Not a good thing for all the folks in the forum that ARE going ct.
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Thanks for the response.  I just realized that I wasn't even honest with myself just a half hour ago.  I took 2400mg of motrin and a adarol today to try and kill the w/d and I just called and cancled a order that I had for tramadol online.  I am worried because I get my script by mail from the VA and they just keep sending it.  What am I going to do next week when it arrives?  My girlfriend has fibermyalsia and takes the same pills.  They are going to be right in front of me.  The real concern I have though, is that I have exteme anxiety and panic attacks when speaking in public and tramadol helps me thru it.  I don't want to get started on something else for anxiety like xanax or klonipin.  I also don't want to take one of those self-help classes on public speaking.
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  I have been  reading on this forum for a year now .  Tramadol isn't my DOC but from what I've read it can cause seizers if you stop abrubly it also is a doubly whamy because it acts like a antidepressant and they are worse then opiates to detox from.  Antidepressant can help with panic attacks better then taking tramadol'  Good luck I would find a professional addiction councellor weaning is alot safer if you really want to quit and maybe add just a plain old ssri like celexa works for  me  and you don;t get high.   Good luck and take care.  Blue
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From what I've heard. It is best to taper on Tramadol. Don't take chances. Can you talk this over with a Dr? They might be able to help you. The problem is, many doctors aren't believing that Tramadol is even addicting. Yet it is.Got o IBkleen's profile. there is a good taper schedule there for Tram. Here is the link.http://www.medhelp.org/user_profiles/show/199177
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goingtomakeit is sooo right. Drs say tram isnt addicting but people say it is,,I think it is
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I did research online and found that tramadol is a synthetic narcotic. You really should taper. On the consumer information handout, that should come with all perscriptions you get at pharmacy, says that you should taper. I think if you have anxiety problems and/or depression you should seek medical attention anyway. Were you prescribed the tramadol or are you just taking someone elses script?  Quitting c/t made my anxiety worse, although my doc was hydracodone.  
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