Re: Starting to hit a wall in my taper!
So my question is, the slower taper is for the physical part or the psychological part?
Rome, the answer is that the slower taper is for BOTH physical and psychological. In a long, slow taper, the body AND the mind heal as we go slowly along. I took months to taper off Oxycodone and I was on 5MG IR tabs. `The goal on a long, slow taper is not speed, but consistent progress. My cuts were made every two weeks or so... sometimes only ten days, once it was three full weeks. An unbreakable rule for me was "once a cut is made, we don't ever go back up." Each cut should be made when we think we are strong enough to maintain the cut. Do it before that and we set our selves up for failure. If we give ourselves permission to 'cheat' and take a higher dose once, then we have given ourselves mental permission to do it a second, third, fourth time..... this is where the strict discipline comes in with a taper. No cheating.
So, please. do not fret if a scheduled dose cut takes a little longer to implement. Our bodies regulate and re-regulate themselves according to its own time frame, not by the clock we look at. Smiles. It IS cooperating with our gooal, just not by the schedules always that we can predict.
ALso I realized something today. For those struggling about coming off cold turkey because they have to. If I had been forced to come off before I was ready, I don't think I could have made it. I think you HAVE to be ready to do it to overcome the tempatations.
Rome, Buddy, the same applies to those who taper! Force yourself into a step down before you are ready and failure will loom. Don't set ourselves up to succumb to failure and we won't, you know? In my own taper, as the end approached, I made even smaller cuts. I was making 1/2 tab cuts until I got down to 3 tabs a day and then I made only quarter cuts ( and only on one dose at a time). As the last few weeks drew near, I started cutting by only eighths. It took a long time, but who cares? Please, please. do not set a date or a holiday to stop.... keep this a totally seperate issue and make it the only priority. Again, our bodies do not recognize holidays or alarm clocks... they only recgonize their own internal rhythms. Go with the flow. Let the end occur when the end occurs. One day at a time. When nthe end comes, that will be a bigger holiday celebration than you can imagine at this point and you will celebrate for sure. Smiles. We will all celebrate with you.