Dec 25, 2008
Originally Posted by OmarLittle
Here 's what I do: (I'm actually starting the process as we speak)
1.the day before I run out a few hours before i go to bed, i take my last dose.
2. I then proceed to sleep for as long as possible
3. when I wake up, I can pop a suboxone immedietly. I also dose on immodium(half a bottle or more), ibuprofen (the best otc painkiller) and maybe a benzo (your choice).
this takes away the first wave of WD, which i find is the most nerve wrecking part. After a day or two, you get used to it (if that's possible) and you start making progress (time is the enemy here).
HOT BATHS!!!! they are crucial during wd's. if you don't have a bath, a shower is ok. It is the most soothing thing during wd's, period. it really makes a HUGE difference. And after the bath, depending on how long and hot it was, you will feel pretty damn good for about 30 min.
Insomnia: This is one of the worst symptoms of WD. If you have bad wd, you probably won't be able to sleep for more than a half hour at a time. THE WORST THING YOU CAN DO IS TRY AND FORCE YOURSELF TO SLEEP AND GET UPSET THAT YOU CAN'T. Just go with the flow, and realize that sleep just isn't going to happen. If you can do that, it helps your mindframe. You will sleep eventually (and it's bliss when you do).
During the WD period, you'll be in pain, and bored. Read books, watch TONS of good movies, and force yourself to EXERCISE!!!!It releases natural endorphins and such. It will make you feel ALOT better (the harder you workout, the better you feel). I personally can't workout until after day 3. Play video games. MUSIC helps soooo much. It feeds the soul and lifts the spirit (it really does help). Distract yourself, try to enjoy yourself. When you are in wd, you learn to appreciate simpe pleasures. Another biggie, is having a close friend or family member spend alot of time with you. This first time I wd'd (which was pretty bad), my BFF stayed at my house for a couple days. I would not have gotten through it without him. The companionship is crucial ( some say love is nature's strongest painkiller...).
That's my experience on WD, and I'm a veteren of sorts. It's *****, but it only lasts a week, and in the quest for sobreity, it's actually the easy part. The hard part is adjusting to life without that sweet sweet junk. (which isn't so sweet once you've felt the agony of acute withdrawal).
P.S: searching about wd and reading all these horror stories and people complaining and listing their pain in detail just makes thigs worse. It feeds the "WD Monster" in your head, making things seem worse than they are. It's very, very bad for morale. Also, reading about drugs will make you crave them during wd (or at least think about them). The goal is to ignore and cope with cravings.
GOOD LUCK AND GODSPEED