i first came across vicodin, percocet and the likes when i moved to pennsylania in 2002. it was, of course, recreational; however, non-habitual. by 2006 i was introduced to oxycontin and loved it, but it wasn't until the end of 2007 that it began to become a problem.
i moved in with my boyfriend just a couple of months before this all happened. at first, when i was taking them, he was hesitant to try. when he did, he also got hooked. for the first couple of months we'd do it every week or so, but in no time it became daily.
up until april 15th, we had a habit of doing up to 3.5 80mg pills. we went the next two days cold turkey and it was hell, so decided on a tapering plan. we started much lower than we were doing, so most of the time our withdrawals are bad. present day, we are pleased to say that we're each down to 30mg of percocet or vicodin per day.
my boyfriend's mother has a torn rotator cuff, and for a while was taking percocet until we (unfortunately) introduced her to oxy. she was also addicted, and is tapering VERY slowly.
i had an appointment today to get suboxone but i decided against it, as i don't want anything on my permanent record. my boyfriend's mother has taken off the week of may 10th and intends on going cold turkey. by that time, my boyfriend and i will be down to 10mg a day, so we'll all be going through withdrawal together.
we're trying to get our hands on some suboxone (preferably) or methadone to help with the WD symptoms.. i've heard that if we get subs, we can take one a day for three days, then half of one the following two days to wean. i know we would also have some WD symptoms from this - anyone else have any experience tapering and then using subs? or advice on how many to take?
there is a small chance we won't be able to get them, and if not i've heard some of the following things will help with the WD symptoms: otc medication for chills, multivitamins, potassium, soup, gatorade, imodium, cough syrup (don't know why; maybe to get the DXM high or numbing feeling?), and icy hot for muscle aches.
i could also use some recommendation (based on experience) if we should cold turkey WD or use the suboxone?
any support is needed, and any advice is greatly appreciated! we are all so excited to get off of this an ready to embrace any pain as freedom; it just helps to know that you are not alone.