So I looked at Goody Powder, which I'm not familiar with, and it appears to be a mix of acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine. Not many people realize that acetaminophen is mildly habit-forming. I know, because I had to deal with an addiction to it after I quit taking Vicodin. In the months after I quit, one thing that made me feel normal was to take a moderate amount of Tylenol every day. After a couple months of this, I decided I needed to quit taking it (as a crutch, I thought), and I went through a mild, but noticeable withdrawal. I ended up doing a self-taper, just reducing my daily dose by one pill a day until I was down to none, and I didn't really have any symptoms.
The caffeine is probably a big reason you get a headache when you quit. Caffeine withdrawal symptoms usually include headache. I'm not sure about the aspirin, I do know it's hard on the stomach, but most NSAIDS aren't physically habit-forming in my experience.
So I think you've got a physical dependence on two of the substances in Goody's. And I know from personal experience that if you just do a disciplined self-taper, you can avoid any really rough withdrawal symptoms.
I also think there's a psychological component to what you're going through that you absolutely have to treat. It sounds like money and insurance are an issue for you, so I am going to recommend NA or AA, depending on what's available where you live. Even though everyone will likely have used "harder" drugs than you, the issue around dependence and breaking the cycle of addiction are going to be exactly the same. Or if you do have the ability to see an addiction therapist, that would definitely be what I'd recommend. You know your damaging yourself and you still can't stop. Like I reccomend to any addict, you need to get some form of aftercare. It's (relatively) easy to get past the physical addiction but if you don't address why you became an addict in the first place, it's likely that's where you'll end up.
Hope this helps, good luck!
I pray you have gotten over your Goody Powder Addiction. I was addicted to them for years and like you I was worried about the health problems they could cause because of the warning label but every time I would try to quit I physically got sick and would have a migraine. And I pray that you've stopped or can stop. Unfortunately I couldn't before I died from them. On October1 2013, I got up that morning severely throwing up blood, collapsed in the floor and couldn't see, and my son at the time was 18months old and I knew I was going to die and he would be stuck by himself until he was found. But he thankfully brought my phone to me and I called 911. Once the paramedics was there I died on them came back in the ambulance, and then that week in the hospital I died 3 times in total ended up on life support and basically had a emergency gastric bypass... 2 months after surgery because I have a malnutrition problem my teeth begin chipping and breaking away plus after all this I had to be taken care of for a few months and I lost my home, 2 vehicles, and other important things. So I pray please that you've been able to stop before you end up like me. Sadly I can name off 10 people at the least that I know who are addicted to them. They are very dangerous for a medicine to be sold OTC.
I am currently going through this. Tinnitus, fatigue, burning guts. Very scary and here my dumb ass thought staying away from narcotic pain killers would be safer. Do any of you guys have an update a few years on?
Please stop taking them and go get your liver and stomach checked asap! My mom is in icu. She had a ulcer that was septic. She lost most of her intestines. So her life may be lost over these horrible thing. She passed out after being sick. She had a hole in her stomach from the ulcer. And she's struggling bad. Please..do not take these. I want to get them off the market. They will kill you!