One more thing just in case, in the beiginning when you are counting hours like 20mgs every 6 hours. Take the 20mg in one dose,dont spread it throughout the 6 hours.
Congratulations on quitting, and glad you could taper. But this isn't a new idea, and many people have tried over and over and over to taper without success, and to call CT "stupid" is well, just stupid. It's the only route for some people with less will power than you.
Congrats on quitting and for being strong enough to taper. Not everyone can do that - many of us were too weak in our addiction to do it and cold turkey was actually easier for us - maybe not physically, but it was SO WORTH it for me! I'm glad tappering worked for you - but understand that it was NOT stupid for me to cold turkey it as it was the only way that worked for me.
Like I said, congrats and good luck continuing on your journey!
I am the weakest willpower person you will ever meet, but my taper plan I had no withdraws or cravings. Nothing I had to fight through thankfully. I was also going through a painful divorce, havent seen my daughter in 6 months and still am on crutches. I had all the factors there to keep using but the wean was just so easy. It has to be a slow wean..alot of people go way to fast.
I am sorry for saying Cold Turkey is stupid, whatever works..works.
Thanks for the apology! It's so true - whatever works for one person does not always work for another. We are all different personalities, etc.
I am so proud of you for being strong enough to taper - and for those who can do that it's a very smart thing to do!
Yes, thanks for that. It's truly great that you were able to avoid so much discomfort. I think a lot of people are able to taper to a point, but then reach a threshold they just can't get beyond. Maybe your experience will give a few more people the impetus to follow through, and you will have done a huge service.
OK, I read your post and I do agree with your taper plan. It's a feasible way of getting off of any drug. However, what is missing from your post is addictive behavior. All people that take pain meds aren't addicted. Addiction is as much behavior as it is the actual taking of pills. My suspicion is that you were just physically dependent on the medications. In most posts, I can say within 5 sentences whether that person may have an addictive personality. I never got there with your post. And, trust me, I honestly hope you were just dependent. The way my mind works is no picnic. My addiction manifests itself in everything I do all day long...even right now while I'm "clean".
Excellent post I was thinking the exact same thing. For those that are really addicts tapering down over time almost never works. A short taper at first to ease the shock but all real addicts know that CT day will be there soon enough at least that is how it is with me.Addicts love the high and you keep that stuff in your body long enough even at small amounts and a addict will for sure look for the next buzz and take more.
I agree with Ga Guy..the first thing I thought when I read your post ...You were just dependent, not addicted ... and trust me, there is a difference!!!!!! Congratulations on getting clean though.
You did great and there is nothing wrong with other people giving it a try ut you might have een dependtnot addicted either way you have die a gone a great jost
Nothing wrong I also agree but it will not work with a addict.
You have to get to a CT place with the possible short taper.
Its just common sense think of tapering a sex addict first week 2 times a day then 2nd week once a day and the 3rd week once a week yeah that will work lol.
But this thread is a good one because it really points to the issue of addiction and being dependent. And I am happy your not a addict its a hell of a life having a addictive personality.
Hey, asvig: Your computer is playing games with you, just like mine -- might have to run a different scan to see what's up ... I've had my fair share of slice/dice on my posts, and though I'm not immune from typos, more typos, and then a typo to end, but, " ... might have een dependtnot addicted either way you ave die a gone a great jost" made my day. A perfunctory viewing of some of my previous posts will confirm that I've sent some real doozies myself ... this one had me cracking a smile, and I thank you for that! The cat actually dropped his banjo, and he can't read!
Movienut: What's your take on "The Thing With Two Heads"? I love Ray Milland ...
Now you see the danger of generalizing and extrapolating from a sample of one (you): great that it worked, but there is no "Master Plan,"as you discovered. Now, just stay away from them-there pills ....
Congratulations movienut, I think it is absolutely fantastic for you that you have managed to quit. I liked your methodical approach to what can only be described as a deadly disease if left to it's own devices and I applaud you on your success. You have so motivated me that I think I might just apply your approach to stopping smoking. The last addiction I have been unable to quit. Your story really inspired me, thanks again. I've struggled with drugs most of my adult life & only in the last 2 & 1/2 years have I been able to stop using and enjoy my life. I've used various methods to stop using with different degrees of success until something just clicked and I've reached a place where I am comfortable. Best of luck.
you were never "an addict". that's wonderful. best wishes!
Addiction is much different than weight loss, a dieter cannot give up food altogether and must always be allowed something to eat.
To understand an "Addicts" mental and physical desperation for their drugs, have a friend hold your head under water for a minute or two, until you desperately need a breath of air. This is the feeling an addict gets when deprived of their drugs. They think they need them like a breath of air, both physically and mentally.
Big congrats on getting over your dependence on the drugs. No doubt your experience will help others.
Wow, I love the comparison.. Especially when you are going through the W/D's, its as if you head is held under water just short of killing you and then you come up for air...
Believe me I was addicted I knew taking a bill would take away the pain take away the sadness of not seeing my daughter being screamed at by my ex. The pain of being bed ridden for 10 months so far. I wanted a pill to make it go away soooo bad.
BUT I relized you know what..YES these pills will make it all go away...but when the drug wears off the problems WILL still be there and I added another problem being a drug addict.
There is a difference between dependence and addiction, but we choose our own path.
Just think if you can quit drugs, EVERYTHING else that happens in your life will be gravy. After going through that hell, you are a tough *** and nothing can hurt you.
But we all choose are own destiny..We are only passing through this life and we only got one shot at it...its a shame spending it on drugs..huh.
You people are the bravest most caring people I have ever had the chance to interact with.
My plan works, its a SLOW taper and your body is an amazing thing. I didnt have a tremor a sweat or nothing. Did I crave not really.
Just remember no pills can take your problems away, they will be waiting for you when your sober.
great analogy!!! That's exactly how it feels....
Movienut: I have been tapering (and still am) coz I had NO OTHER CHOICE, I was hooked on benzos. If only I could have gone CT on them!!!
There's NO miracle solution for any body, we are all different.
I am very happy you found out your way.
Thank you Movienut!! finally someone who can give some sort of timeline to work with.
I'm going to start this method . pray that it works
ITS MY CRAPPPY TYPING ....LOL DONE A GREAT JOB HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
I read your post on tappering off pills. Thats what I am doing right now. I have been on perc 5/325 for a year now and get 120 a month from my dr. I only take 1/2 the script so I am using 60 a month as I give my girl friend 60. The thing is my dr. even gave me extra scripts (like a couple time wrote me a script for another 120 even though it wasn't due. She resigned last July 11th and I know that the percs are over ause the clinic won't subscribe them. The dr had issues, I knew that. Me and my girlfriend would laugh because we couldn't believe she was giving me all these pills. Yes, origionally I went in due to a car wreck but I wouldnt even know if I still hurt. So I am down to my last 3 pills and I was at taking 4-6 a day for at least 1 yr 3 months. yesterday I took 2 and today I took one. I am so nervous to go through withdrawls. I do feel more tired but so far I am not dieing. Am I kidding myself and should I be prepared for a huge crash in the next day or so? I have no desire to go into the clinic to get more, I just firgured it was fun while it lasted not even realizing the effects. My girlfriend is nervous too. Any advice would be good.
This is an old post and you would get more responses if you started your own thread.
Since you weaned down you will not feel the full effects of withdrawal as you would had you jumped off at a higher dose. It should be about 4 or 5 days and you will be through the physical withdrawal.