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Old 04-23-2004, 11:53 AM   #1
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Mood swings

Hi All,
I just found this site a couple of days ago and this is my
first posting.
My wife and I started using pain pills for the high about
4 yrs back. Just whenever we ran across any at first, then
dead serious for about 2 yrs. We quit cold about 1 month
ago. The first 5 days were hell, then things got better except for one thing. I am finding that my mood swings
from positive/ambitious to really depressed every couple
of days. I have used drugs and alcohol in one form or
another for about 35 yrs. I am 51 now. My wife has recovered without the mood swings and I am profoundly
grateful for her because she is helping all she can.
Sorry for the ramble but now to the question.
Is it normal for some people to have these mood swings?
The swings into depression are truly bad and I'm hoping
that they will go away.
Any advice this side of medication would be greatly
appreciated.
By the way, I've read enough of your various posts to
know that alot of you have been through far worse
than we experienced. You folks are tough!
Thanks in advance

 
Old 04-23-2004, 12:07 PM   #2
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Re: Mood swings

I just saw your post and had to answer right away, that yes, yes, yes this is absolutely normal! I just got out of detox and the kids are calling me from downstairs so I have to run, but please hang in there. I'll explain more later but you WILL feel better later.

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Old 04-23-2004, 12:20 PM   #3
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Re: Mood swings

I noticed the mood swings that I was getting at first were terrible but they have been better with each passing day.They first couple of months was the worst and I would start picking on my wife or whoever was around for nonsense.I am at 4 months clean and I still have times when Im moody but nothing like early in my recovery.Its the times of stress when you are going to crave the drug of choice so keep that in mind and try to ride it out.Good Luck and Stay Strong!!

Ken
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Old 04-23-2004, 12:23 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by x-ray
Hi All,
I just found this site a couple of days ago and this is my
first posting.
My wife and I started using pain pills for the high about
4 yrs back. Just whenever we ran across any at first, then
dead serious for about 2 yrs. We quit cold about 1 month
ago. The first 5 days were hell, then things got better except for one thing. I am finding that my mood swings
from positive/ambitious to really depressed every couple
of days. I have used drugs and alcohol in one form or
another for about 35 yrs. I am 51 now. My wife has recovered without the mood swings and I am profoundly
grateful for her because she is helping all she can.
Sorry for the ramble but now to the question.
Is it normal for some people to have these mood swings?
The swings into depression are truly bad and I'm hoping
that they will go away.
Any advice this side of medication would be greatly
appreciated.
By the way, I've read enough of your various posts to
know that alot of you have been through far worse
than we experienced. You folks are tough!
Thanks in advance
xray as with any narcotic it can take awhile for your brain to start working the way it should i stopped methadone about 3 months ago and had to start taking lexapro an antidepressant and also klonopin which im not to happy about basically narcotics make your brain stop making serotonin so it takes awhile for it to start getting back into balance but hang in there it will get better kelleigh

Last edited by no patience; 04-23-2004 at 12:25 PM.

 
Old 04-23-2004, 02:45 PM   #5
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Re: Mood swings

Hi again,
Thank you all for your response. To be honest, I thought
that this would be a one round knock out and it scared
the hell out of me when these swings started.
I'm grateful to hear that they will diminish. Just a little
light at the end of this tunnel is enough for me.
I think part of it is how ****** off I am at my arrogance.
I conned myself into thinking that addiction only happened
to weak people. Well, stupidity is it's own reward and I'm being rewarded.
My wife and I struggled for 5 years to build a company
of our own and then tried mightily to throw it away.
When I get my mojo back I intend to make our little
company into what it can be.
Thanks so much for listening
Kirby

 
Old 04-24-2004, 10:40 AM   #6
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Re: Mood swings

dsnyken,
Four mos sober? Wow! That's great. I'm only 5 days. What a battle. How hard has it really been? I'm getting off hydros and suboxone and it hasn't been easy.

Just curious of your own battles. It always is encouraging to hear success stories like you.

Over it.

 
Old 04-24-2004, 10:47 AM   #7
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Re: Mood swings

It has been a battle ever since I stopped and it will continue to be for the rest of my life.I'm happy for you that you decided to get clean and your 5 days clean!Lately it hasnt been that bad and the cravings are basically gone now but addictions are sneaky and will try and trick you into useing again.It's amazing how clear things look now compared to when I was abusing hydro's,it was like I was in a cloud.Take it one day at a time and don't give in!You can do this!Keep us all posted and stay strong!
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