Question still needing to be answered if anyone has any input.
..I CAN ONLY TELL YOU MY EXPERIENCE...USING FOR OVER 15 YRS...IM STARTING MY 10TH MONTH DRUG FREE....AND I HAD PAWS FROM MONTH 2-7...WITH A MONTLY 10% FEELING BETTER..FINALLY NOW AT 10 MONTHS I FEEL GREAT...IT WASNT AN ALL DAY FEELING..ID FEEL FINE ALL MORNING THEN IT WOULD HIT ALL AFTERNOON EVENING..THEN BE FINE ALL MORN...UP AND DOWN...THE MUSCLE ACHES WERE THE WORSE ALONG WITH CONSTANT THROAT CLEARING AND PHLEGM...URGG..BUT ITS SO WORTH IT....WE DIDNT GET THIS WAY OVER NITE SO ITS GONNA TAKE AWHILE...
Nicotine seems to do what your saying about caffeine to me. I'm a couple months behind you and just wanting to see a tunnel.
A lot of symptoms you described I do, specially the throat clearing. Thank you for your response.
I used PKs for 2 years very "recreationally" taking about 80mg throughout a 3 day weekend for example and 20mg going out on weeknights. Then over this last year that slowly started increasing, to the point of this last 6 months using at least 30mg a day and the highest was around 100mg throughout any given day.
My experience is very different from you but I will say I am 12 days off Oxys cold turkey. First week I felt very lethargic but now in my second week I feel great but that scares me. Because someone up here said they hit "paws" at month 2. I want this great feeling I have to continue. I'm 25, 6', 200lbs, muscular and workout 3-4 days a week..
Hi and Congrats on your time so far.
Detox & Recovery goes in stages. First you got the physical and then the mental. It takes a long time for your brain chemistry to adjust back and fire up right again. I spent the last 4yrs om here studying all I can about Addiction and the Brain. This month I will be going on 5yrs and things keep on changing as it gets better & better to deal with life clean & sober. Or, find other natural ways to deal with the reasons why we used. The part that takes time is the Brain. Also, we groove these habits in our brain and there are some brain chemistry involved in this too, it takes time to change one habit and replace it with another good habit. As you grow, things just start to lay out right in front of us. The big thing to get through all of this is TIME & PATIENCE & SUPPORT.
Withdraws..after a persons has become adjusted to a certain level of the drug/experience removal of it affects the emotional/biochemical balance that has been established. The person then has to adjust to living without the previous level of stimulation, ect. Post acute withdraws can last yr or yrs or more. It also has a emotional and physiological aspects that are very difficult to endure. NOW...we are all different here. I know for me it took over 2yrs for me to really feel that my brain had balanced out a bit..but, I was 56 when I came off of my pills and had been using it all off & on since I was a teen. Therefore, I did more damage then someone young or someone who had not used that long. This part is NOT uncomfortable at all, in fact it is really interesting as we heal.Just take it day by day and try NOT to think about PAWS. YOU will be fine in time and so so so much better then ever. To me paws is just learning to change this habit of needing a pill, drug or drink. This is were you learn about boundaries and triggers. I learned how to deal with life and the things I needed to get done in a way better way. I wish you all the best..Keep on Trucking forward!
PS. Exercise, Sun and Music will help stimulate those happy chems that were knocked down, much faster.