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Old 05-05-2012, 06:35 PM   #1
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Need help and Opinions on how to deal with this demon METHADONE

Hello, I have been on methadone for 5 years and was clean for one month because I went to the hospital and detoxed but got right back into it.I have never done herione or any other hard drugs Ive just got hooked on it and cant seem to kick the habit because of the withdrawls and cant take off work and loose my job so I have decided started this Monday 5-7-12 Im going to start tappering myself off SLOWLY. I am currently taking about 25 mg a day pill form. I need some suggestions on the best way to tapper myself off without getting so sick where I cant function. Any suggestions or opinions are welcome. PLEASE HELP!! Thanks!!!

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Re: Need help and Opinions on how to deal with this demon METHADONE

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Hello, I have been on methadone for 5 years and was clean for one month because I went to the hospital and detoxed but got right back into it I have never done herione or any other hard drugs Ive just got hooked on it and cant seem to kick the habit because of the withdrawls and cant take off work and loose my job so I have decided started this Monday 5-7-12 Im going to start tappering myself off SLOWLY. I am currently taking about 25 mg a day pill form. I need some suggestions on the best way to tapper myself off without getting so sick where I cant function. Any suggestions or opinions are welcome. PLEASE HELP!! Thanks!!!
With all due respect tryingtobestrong

You may want to go to your local emergency room or call your closest methadone clinic before you partake in anything going forward.

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Old 05-12-2012, 09:50 PM   #3
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Re: Need help and Opinions on how to deal with this demon METHADONE

I posted about 5-6 weeks ago on this similar subject. First thing is you need to find a MMT clinic to hold you accountable with drug screens, counseling, etc. I have been on MMT for about 6 years. Tried several times to taper at a quick rate. Went to an addiction specialist and that did not work. About two years ago I started to slowly taper from 50 mg off about 1-3 mg every 3 weeks. Went to my family doctor and he gave me valium to take the edge off of the WD's. Have been completely off Methadone for about 3-4 weeks now and so far no issues with work or or WD's. Yes.. I do feel a little bad in the mornings, but after I get up and shower have breakfast, the wierd feelings go away. If I get a headache I take aspirin and Aleve. Not out of the woods yet, but I attribute my success so far to a very slow taper. And I learned to not beat myself up if I had to up my dose on occasion during those two years of taper. It does work, but you have to keep in mind that 1-2 years will go by much faster than a roller coaster of getting on and off the wagon for the rest of your life. For the first time in 20 years I feel I have my life back. You can do it!

 
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Old 05-13-2012, 01:28 PM   #4
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Re: Need help and Opinions on how to deal with this demon METHADONE

I really hope you succeed in leaving it behind.

What I found from personal experience is that we must suffer a little for the damage we intentionally or unintentionally caused to our bodies.

I was never able to taper successfully, I found that taking half a pill, about 5mg then nothing the next day was the only way.

The pain may last a while, general body ache for three days or so; though I've heard that it can go on for a very long time.

I was wanting to let you know that if you can take that quarter pill for a week or two without ever needing more, than you may have great chance of just not taking it again, or skip a couple days at the end. To insure your bodies well being and to not put it into to much withdrawal I think your idea is a good one.
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Where did you get the methadone you were on for five years? A clinic or the street? Methadone is abused but not like pain pills or heroin. The high is also different. I would got to MMT clinic and explain your problem. That way you can be monitored medically. I went off methadone twice, once with a 21 day detox and once cold turkey. The 21 day detox wasn't too bad but the cold turkey was hell. Methadone withdawal is much worse than other opiates. It is a long acting drug and stays in your system a long time. The best thing is to get medical help. Good luck.

 
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Re: Need help and Opinions on how to deal with this demon METHADONE

Hello Tryingtobestrong! And welcome to the boards! I think you should just go to a MMT clinic for a few reasons. The reasons have all been stated above already and I think these members have great advice for you. They can monitor your health while tapering, it's a legal prescription, and IF you get them from someone else, you never know what you're gonna get. That could be dangerous. Methadone is a really really hard drug to "kick". It has a long half life and hangs around in the body for so long. Another advantage of going to the clinic is that you don't absolutely have to go down another dose, until you are completely comfortable at the dose you are on. Just some things to think about. I know this is hard and we are all pulling for you. Keep posting and let us know how you are!

 
Old 06-28-2012, 03:52 PM   #7
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Re: Need help and Opinions on how to deal with this demon METHADONE

I am now taking subs, I was addicted to loritab, then methadone, and i could take 5 methadone a day more somedays, I dextoxed myself for a week and really wasnt that sick, just miseraable feeling and if my husband didnt have my keys I would have went to buy more just to feel better...I am not one to give advice, but, I will say the suboxone have helped me to stay clean and they are legal..but, I fear I will egt addicted to them too...so IS one better than the other WHO KNOWS??? good luck to you...and ME

 
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