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I don't know if you all remember my story so before I start I will recap,
I am a mom of 3, addicted to lortab and my highest I took 150 mgs a day for about 2 years. Started out legit and just got worse. I had asked a question a few weeks back about getting off the sub so I could get some relief from my back pain, I did get off of it for 5 days and when it felt better, I started my sub again. My problem is my back is out again, and I was crying last night because i feel like I am being punished for getting help with my addiction by having to endure this pain, I have herniated disk at L4L5 S1 and protusions at L5 and S1 and DDD. Things are getting bad and on top of that, I have severe carple tunnel in both hands and chronic bursitis in my left hip. The is suboxone is very unforgiving as that once you took it nothing will help. Im am not sure what to do, I am not far enough in treatmet (6m on sub) to stop. And even if I were what Dr is going to help a drug addict? I really feel trapped, My sub dr knows of my Chronic pain issures and has been worried about them since the beginning. I would just like to know what you all think, I assure you this is not about a buzz as I am am more that willing to do or take anything that will ease my pain. Would Methadone give me more pain control than the sub? Is it easy to switch from the Meth to regular pain Meds? Who would I need to see for this? Do you think I have a chance at all? Thanks in advance...
Teresa
I think everyone has a chance if you want? I won't get into the sub vs Methadone controversy as I have my own opinions, however they are not of the issue here. I think that you should get as much information as you can and make a decision based on your personal circumstances. It sounds like you are really ready to make some big changes. We as addicts seem to mistrust our own instincts. Get alot of information and then do what you feel is the best for you. I believe you will find alot of support here on this forum so use it to help through your recovery process.
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I think everyone has a chance if you want? I won't get into the sub vs Methadone controversy as I have my own opinions, however they are not of the issue here. I think that you should get as much information as you can and make a decision based on your personal circumstances. It sounds like you are really ready to make some big changes. We as addicts seem to mistrust our own instincts. Get alot of information and then do what you feel is the best for you. I believe you will find alot of support here on this forum so use it to help through your recovery process.

To answer your question "Will methadone help or offer more help for pain reliefe then sub", the answer is YES. I know b/c I have been in your shoes. Started off on bupe to deal with addiction to Oxy's etc. and then ended up having a herniated disk and had to switch to methadone to get pain relief. The switch from bupe to methadone WAS EASY - unlike switching from methadone to bupe which is extremely hard. Now, if you do switch to methadone, be aware that going back to bupe is very hard, it can be done, but it is much hardware to do then when you switch from bupe top meth so keep that in mind. Methadone is good for pain b/c there is room to increase where as with bupe, there is not a lot of room for anything. Bupe also has it's pluses b/c you can have a script and don't have to go to the damn clinic everyday! So of course there are positives and negatives for each drug...but if you are in pain and can't get relief, then methadone is probably the way to go -

Good luck!
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Thank you both for taking to time to respond to me, with 66 veiws and only 2 responses I guess its a subject few have experience with. Your right about trusting my instincts, sometimes, hell most times i don't know where i end and my addictions begins. I have my 3 girls to care for, and it scares the hell out of me that I will make the wrong choice and end up using worse than before. I don't have alot of support at home, and again thanks so much.
Teresa


Teresa,

The only "wrong choice" you can make is to do NOTHING about your addiction. You are doing good, you are asking questions and trying to determine the right medicated assisted treatment option that will work best for you. In my opinion, given the pain issues you have, it seems to me that methadone is probably the option you should go with and I say this becuase of the pain issues only. Methadone can treat your addiction and at the same time, help with pain if administerd right by a good Dr. You may want to check in with a pain specialists and bypass the clinic scene all together. Pain Specialist Dr's do use methadone for pain patients. Methadone is a good medication to use due to it's ability to numb pain while keeping addiction/cravings at bay - If there is not a pain specialist around and or you can't afford one etc., please go to the nearest methadone clinic. Often times if the methadone clinic is non-profit, they will work with a sliding fee scale to determine what you would pay - let's put it this way, you were buying drugs...right? Well, you still may have to pay something but it will be beneficial to you - you will get better and everything will be OK. You will be a better mom, a better daughter/sister/friend....methadone will help you straighten out your life and get you on the right track. If you decide to go the methadone route (and even if you don't), there is a website I would like you to visit. I have a lot of friends there and there is a TON of information on this board. People will help you by finding you a clinic etc. Go to:

http://atwatchdog.org/forums/viewforum.php?f=1

Start a new topic and in the topic write "Cold told me to come here" (Cold is my user name there) and then post about yourself. You will get a TON of help....I promise :)

Hang in there, everything will be OK.
-pillz
im currently on 60mg of methadone daliy for chronic pain/addiction.....i was on bupenorphine..which is the injectable buprenex...form of suboxone/subutex for four years.....i was too addicted to pain meds,lortab,oxy,darvocette,percs,basically anything i could get my hands on......when gettin the pain meds became way to expensive,i was taking 50 lortab 10's a day at 6.00 a pc off the streets,i found heroin much cheaper and easier to use,less money,but it was very ugly.....i sit here now and wish they could control pain meds better,especially at the disrtibution point,ie. doctors,rouge scripts,control people somehow from handing them out if they didnt need them...i was so ignorant...i thought it was helping me become a better succesful executive chef...i was married and have two kids,girls age 10 and 13....i hid my addiction real good but when it all came to a head it was ugly......very,very ugly....the recovery process starts when you can become honest with yourself and start dealing with this terrible disease...i did not ask for this to happen nor did i ever dream that i would become homeless,losing a 75,000 year job to drugs...lost my 300,000 and wife and seeing my kids wake up in the am.....this is truly a bad disease that is just as that...a disease....i wish you well with your recovery and now no that using the opiates was to run from life...i lost spirituality...i ask that it may return also.....i found the sub to be more effective in every day issues but the meth is cheaper...neither are the ideal opiate to be using but i went thru w/d's on both many/many times and found the bupe to be a little easier althought both need to be weaned from your body very very slowly if you want limited w/d's discomfort....they are both a maintance drug and should be treated as such until you are ready to be sober from narcotics or wish to remain on something.....i need to be fully treated for my back injuries before i decide to be weaned from the methadone...my doc is cool,recovering addict also...he informed me that well take it 5mg drop every couple weeks when im ready and then start with the clonidine/trazadone route....talk to your sponsor/doc whats right for you...youll need to find a support group to edify yourself about your problem...ive used drugs basically since 1980 so i find it funny not to be drinking or buying off the streets anymore...i go to a weekly a/a mtg but should go to more...they say its slow for some faster for others,but youll recover from this if you wish to and find the support in your higher power/........chef