Re: Coming off Methadone at 5 mg
Your at 5mg of methadone after 8 months, you don't want to stretch this out forever. It would probably be prudent to taper down one or two more levels over the next month get down to 2 mg perhaps. You'll have withdrawals but they won't be so terrible that you won't be able to function. You've fought this battle before and you survived and that was a harder battle. Try to time your stopping to a Friday afternoon so that the worst of the symptoms will be over the weekend when your at home. The symptoms of course are no appetite, lack of energy, restlessness, rls, nausea, diarhea, aches, pains, etc. Whatever you do, don't take any more pills to get over your wd's...all your doing at that point is trading one addiction for another addiction. If you want to get clean and get off all the crap just do it. At that level the hardest part will probably be the psychological symptoms, convincing your brain that your body doesn't need the drugs....and as far as that goes you just have to do it...a support group can be of great help, having people to talk to that have been where you are, a friend that you can call when it gets bad...
Your doing great, just keep it up.