I was on Methadone
maintenance for a year and half. I maxed out at 95 mgs a day – started to wean myself, found out I was pregnant and the clinic would not let me go down anymore (65 mg.) My daughter was born addicted to methadone
and spent 2 weeks in the nursery while they got her through it. After she was born I started back detoxing – from the end of March until July 4 is when I took my last dose of methadone
– I believe I was at 12 mg a day. By then I was already feeling pretty [email protected]
and didn’t see the need to continue down to 0 mgs a day. For a solid month, it was all I could do just to drag myself into work and home again. I didn’t get any kind of meaningful sleep for that month either.
At the clinic I went to they weaned you off by 10mgs a day until you were at 50 mg, then 5 mg every other day until 30 mg, then 1 mg every other day until you were off. I don’t know what the policy is at your clinic, but if you felt you were going down too fast they would hold you at the dose you were at until you were comfortable again. I had to do that several times.
As far as getting through the withdrawals, I have to say that methadone
withdrawal is pretty bad. However, I don’t think you’ve been on it as long as I was, so that should make it somewhat easier. This may sound hokey, but the only way I got through it was uncountable cups of hot tea and music – I listened to every CD in the house every single day. There are a lot of posts here on getting through opiate withdrawals, and some of the other hints may help – I didn’t know about them so I didn’t try them. The worst part is not sleeping – the doctor at my clinic prescribed Deseryl (Trazadone) it’s an anti-depressant that in non-therapeutic doses helps with sleep. Be sure you’ve got a good support system in place, go to meetings if that helps, and concentrate on focusing on something other than yourself. You will feel so much worse if you lay around and think about how lousy you feel. I am really behind you 110% - there are so many people that stay on methadone
for years and years and never even try to get off until the clinic forces them to give it a shot – you are to be commended. Hope this helps – please let us know how you’re doing.