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Just an account of a taper a relapse and then a cold turkey withdrawal. I have been on percocet 10/325 15 mg every 5 hours since 2004, plus got higher on them. I have tapered off once and cold turkey once. The percocet gave me so much energy, and a feeling of euphoria (I love that word)I needed it for pain a sometimes. The best word for detox is hell. The best word for 2 weeks after detox is melancholy (also a great word, just fits). And the best word for good clean abstinence is reality. If you are dealing with opiate addiction and want recovery, I hope that my blog will help you as much as it helps me.
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Posted 09-26-2010 at 03:22 PM by rosebuddy

Hi, I am tapering off of percocet and am going to post each day so that I can keep motivated and maybe meet some people that are interested in this type of blog.

I started taking percs percocet (oxycodone)10/325 seven years ago at least every 5 hours, usually 1 1/2 every 5 hours or more. I almost always run out of my meds before my refill date. I have a few left, enough to taper off without having to go cold turkey. Today I taking 3/4 1/2 1/2 1/2. I am doing that for a few days and then going down to quarters. Then maybe 1/8's and then off.

I have tapered off before. The worst thing is the depression afterward; the blahs, not feeling like doing anything. In the past, I took L-tyrosene as per the Thomas Recipe. It helped.

I am also on antidepressants and valium. I don't abuse either of them.

Today is the day I decided not to go to my monthly med check at my pain management doctor and to just get off of the percs

The worst side effects are acute constipation and loss of libido. And after 7 years, I have finally had enough of that and of just feeling bad about myself. I am middle aged, much too old for this nonsense.

Rose
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    Good luck with it and I hope you make it. I'm in my 50's and have quit stuff so many times but always go back. What a demon they have created for people like us.

    You are right...it's NOT worth it.....and I feel so much better about my self when I'm clean. You probably do too.

    About the lack of motivation, and apathy. Provigil really helped me with that but it's expensive and it's not conducive to good sleep.

    I can't imagine going the rest of my life without a good cold beer but I always start out alright and the next thing you know I'm back on the pills too and heading downward.

    Let me know how you are managing and remember, there IS light at the end of the tunnel and I think I found it.
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    Posted 10-26-2010 at 08:48 AM by norton54 norton54 is offline
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    Hi Norton54, Thanks for your advice. It has been 27 days since I quit the percocet and I got sober on October 5. Have you read the rest of my blog? I was hoping that I could help others by posting my experience, strength, and hope.
    I went to my first AA meeting since relapsing (which i have done many times) and was honest about my relapse and drug addiction. I was very nervous. But now that it's out there i don't have to keep bringing it up at every meeting.
    As far as staying clean and sober, it's definitely a God thing. I haven't had the compulsion or obsession to drink or use since I got clean and sober. But I have had so many relapses that I must be vigilant--the insanity preceeds the first drink or pill. I gotta stay out of my head. That's where all that negative thinking is. I pray and talk to my sponsor, read the books, and try to get out of self. If there's no one I can help, I get outside with my golden retrievers. Nature has a cleansing affect. Talking it out with my sponsor helps me get things in perspective.
    As far as never having a cold frosty again, I just don't think that far out. I don't need, want or have to drink or use today. In regards to the pills, the negative outweighs the positive and I also called my doctor and told them not to give me any more narcotics. So that was huge for me, to cut off my supply. It provided closure.
    As far as the provigil, I couldn't take it because it makes me speed and therefore has a negative effect on my central nervous system and caused me to have fibromyalgia flares. To lift my mood, I used L-Tyrosene for about a week and then got off of that.
    I hope that you are able to stay clean and sober. I know I couldn't as long as I stayed isolated and had the pills in the house.
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    Posted 10-27-2010 at 03:50 AM by rosebuddy rosebuddy is offline
 

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