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Old 01-26-2008, 11:12 PM   #1
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Ok ladies and gents. Hope all is going well for you all. I celebrated 5 mos clean yesterday. YAY!!!

Unfortunately, I seem to be running into a problem. The first 60 days I was constantly tired, had anxiety, depression, tension headaches etc etc. but I knew it was from the w/d's. Months 3-4 were much better. However, over the last month I seem to be going downhill again. I'm tired all the time, some anxiety (not as bad as the first 60 days), headaches....sigh....It just scares me b/c I know that these were some of the reasons I used in the first place and I NEVER want to go back to that. So, if anyone here has any suggestions or advice, I'm listening.

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Old 01-27-2008, 01:35 AM   #2
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Re: Issues


How are you? I read your post tonight, and I've read alot of your posts in the past. I think you are doing amazing!!!

I remember a post from Reachout awhile back - She pointed out that it takes about a year for an addict to be completely finished with the detox. It makes perfect sense, if you just think about it.

Remember how life was before pills? You had energy, confidence, lived your life without having to count pills or watch the clock. I understand why it would take a person about a year. Your body has to adjust to everything you put it through.

You'll get your energy back again - but you have to help yourself in the process Get out and take a walk, join a gym, buy a workout video and do some exercises at home, each morning...even for 10 - 15 mins. You'll see a difference. I did, for sure!! It was so easy to be lazy, but once I got up and moved my butt I noticed that I had way more energy then before

As for the anxiety, take a look online and find some breathing techniques or grab a yoga video - they are awesome for helping with anxiety. And once again, exercise is the key to beating anxiety!!

Now - the hardest part - headaches...what a bummer. Headaches are horrible. I've been suffering from migraines for the past three weeks. In fact, the very first migraine I've ever had was three weeks ago - I've had four since!! My doctor gave me some really good suggestions. Try laying down, with a cold cloth on your head. Take some ibuprofen, it'll help with any inflamed blood vessels. They become constricted, causing the head to ache. I actually have a prescription for a non-narcotic med specifically for migraines. Also, go online and do a search for migraines. I found some very useful info.

Basically, you remember why you're clean, how you got there, and why its important to continue on your road to recovery If you're tired all the time, eat lots of fruit, veggies and fibre. You'll be surprised how much changing your diet can lead to energy, a feeling of wellness, and it'll even make it easier to exercise

I've learned how important it is to stay on track. I once read that the first three or four days of recovery (getting clean) can be hard - but its how you live your life after that, that keeps you clean!! It is so true.

Congratulations on your 5 months!!! It is so encouraging to read everyone's clean-time. I seem to get more strength and will-power after I read success stories. Thanks for sharing yours

Love and hugs,

Old 01-27-2008, 01:45 PM   #3
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Re: Issues

OK - I'll try again - I just typed a very nice long note to you and it got eaten by my computer!!! I have been clean about 3 months now but was clean for 12 years before the relapse. During my first year of sobriety (clean from alcohol as a social outlet and tons of pills as my real addiction) I went to AA and saw an addiction psychiatrist regularly. I got the very same symptoms you have now about 4 months into recovery and was really struggling. What I learned is that I am and was clinically depressed. I started on antidepressants and did great for 10 years. Then sadly I decided I didn't need them, tapered off and then about 6 months later had a back injury and the rest is the story of my relapse. This time I started with the Cymbalta as soon as I stopped using Norco/Oxy and after 4 weeks I really noticed the difference. No more headaches, the moodiness was gone and I could get interested in things and I could sleep better. It may not be the case for you, but it sure is for me. The depression is what led me to use drugs to feel better. I struggle with using the drugs for depression as I see it as an addiction of sorts -but my doctor reminds me that I'm treating an illness with medication, like when I took suboxone short term to manage withdrawals and I will need this med, like a diabetic needs insulin, for the rest of my life. Since I don't get a high from it, I feel like it's okay now. Congratulations on the 5 months of sobritey = hang in there!!!!!

Old 01-28-2008, 10:20 AM   #4
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Re: Issues

We all have such high expectations for ourselves. No one, not even people in tip top health get up everyday and feel great. Don't be so hard on yourself. If you need help with depression I would encourage you to seek a medication that works for you from your Dr. I take Lexapro and it has changed my life. It does not take away the aches and pains but I am on an even emotional keel and that is what it takes for me to stay clean. Good luck and don't be so hard on yourself. P.S. I know what you mean about the headaches. I put an ice pack on my head for a few minutes when they start and for some reason it helps. No medical foundation, just works for me. (probably a distraction).

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