I read below about Merry Maria and the nine years clean. Congrats! I agree that this forum is a lifesaver. I am 64 now and have had a lifetime of substance abuse issues. Major alcoholic & AA, Xanax meltdown, and 4 years ago said goodbye to oxycodone.
My pain management doctor never let me know what I was in for if I wanted off opiods. Just "saw" me for 30 seconds, took my copay, and handed me that precious script-over and over and over. I used to feel so good about leaving the pharmacy with my precious pills. I really think that my personal well being was not part of the pain management doctor's concern.
When I quit Oxy, I experienced the usual stages, physical agony, then mental self doubt and cloudyness.
It was the kind and compassionate people here on the forum who shared their "experience, strength and hope," without reservation with me on my path back to sanity. And who called me on my BS if I was full of it and trying to rationalize a return to my druggie life.
Thanks to all of you, oldtimers and new folks, for your committment to the goal of fully living without the shackles and bonds of pill bottles--and your willingness to provide the blueprint on how to get there.
To the newcomer or the person just stopping by and visiting this Medhelp forum: I can say without reservation, that there is unparalled power here provided by folks just sharing what works for them getting and staying clean.