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Addiction & Recovery board

Hi, and welcome to the board. I'm sorry that you have found yourself in this situation. I'm 33 and a single mother of three kids. I was taking a little over 20 lortabs per day. I could not stop taking them and understand everything you are saying about the pills being more than just there to get high. I completely understand.

However, you've made great progress by admitting you have a problem and wanting to quit. I think that at your age and the availability of getting these drugs, that you might call around to a clinic and see if detox is available. once addiction gets a hold of you, it's normally extremely difficult to get off. I guess that's the understatement of the year.

I could not quit - I continued to try and try again but I just could not stop. I tried methadone (which worked well, however, I still got a high from it and would have taken more and more of it if I would have had easier access). I finallly went to a doctor after I realized that I had absolutely no control over the pills.

He put me on Suboxone which is an opiate but you cannot feel a high from it at all. However, it helps w/the cravings for pills and for me, has worked wonderfully. Only thing is, I have been on it for over three months now and once you are on it, you become physically dependant on it. This means, that you have to take it every day or else you will have withdrawals from it and when you are ready to get off of it, you will start to taper down VERY slowly - like it takes about six months to a year to get off of and then, from what I hear from other people, you still end up going through withdrawals that actually last longer than regular lorabs. It's also for 'chronic relapsers' which means you ahve tried everything and still cannot stop.

I really think you should consider going to a doctor and telling them about your illness. There are some short term meds that you can take for withdrawals and you can be clean in about a week or two. You also have to start going to NA or AA meetings.

If you really are ready to quit, then that is what I would do. However, you may need rehab too. You just need to continue to let your boyfriend have the pills and don't take more than you are supposed to. I wish you luck and keep us posted.