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I am into day 3 of cold turkey withdrawl from oxycontin. What a living hell. I started taking these for legitimate pain. 160 mg a day. Can anyone tell me how long the withdrawl symptoms last? I am determined to cold turkey this...I cold turkeyed methadone 16 years ago and I am in recovery. Go to NA. Too sick right now to go to meetings. Just want to hear from others that have been thru this.
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I am into day 3 of cold turkey withdrawl from oxycontin. What a living hell. I started taking these for legitimate pain. 160 mg a day. Can anyone tell me how long the withdrawl symptoms last? I am determined to cold turkey this...I cold turkeyed methadone 16 years ago and I am in recovery. Go to NA. Too sick right now to go to meetings. Just want to hear from others that have been thru this.


I saw your post as I was cruising the messages today and although I have a low level addiction to vicodin which I am tapering off of I will give you my best thoughts on this. From what I understand it is the first five days that are the worst. However, everyone is different but if you are the "average person" supposedly the first five days are the worst. At seven days you will begin to feel a little better and see light at the end of the tunnel. I have been told that to feel alot better where you don't feel so bad takes about a week and a half (10 days.) To feel pretty much back to normal can take up to 30 days. However again it depends on the person and the amount you were taking.

I wish I could be a little more helpful, my addiction to vicodin was for two years at four pills a day of regular strength, and although the tapering down process for me is a little uncomfortable (feeling anxious and flu like) I am still able to go to work. I plan on quiting completely when I am down to one pill a day, and even with that my doctor told me that I will probably feel a little off for about three to four weeks.

I hope this helps, the longer you go the better you will feel, you are coming up on four days and you should be heading toward getting past the worst of it in a day or two. I wish you luck and determination, you will do it.

Cody
Pat here in Texas. It's 1:00am and no sleeping tonight....actually for the last 3 nights. Still feel like I'm coming out of my skin. Some good news though. I did eat two small meals and kept it down. It's so very hard to eat....no appetite. As I stated, I'm a recovering addict for 16 years this Dec.10th. I know the pain of withdrawl....methadone, heroin, cocaine, valium, weed.....cold turkeyed it all in 1988. I'm doing alot of praying to my God and relying on my recovering friends. I never abused the oxycontin....chronic pain due to severe back problems. I am facing a double spinal fusion in the near future. So pain meds are probably gonna be there after the surgery. NO OXYS !!!! I won't alow that. A good friend is going to hold those meds if they are necessary. This is just for me and is my experience....I believe in the cold turkey approach. Thru the pain and misery I gain wisdom and strength. I want to thank all of you who have replyed. That also gives me strength and helps take away the dark lonliness. If anybody is up and reading this, PLEASE REPLY. Nightime is the worst for me. I thank God for ya'll out there.
hi Pat (sorry im not sure if you are male or female) im Julie from indiana and you responded to a post of mine i am in vicoden withdrawels and have about 111 hours and ibelieve from your post we are about the same amount of time into our detox. First THANK YOU for replying to my post when things are bad some times a pat on the back can do wonders. i do not know that much about oxycontin although i have taken it and oxycodone when offered (my bro-in-law) has cancer. my drug has always 5 years anyway been vicodin my mom got sick with lung cancer and i was THE ONLY ONE to take care of her she never took more than one at a time and if i said i had a headache she said here try this well quess what not only did it take away my headache it gave me energy (im 35 with boys 11 & 7)and what else did it do it NUMBED my emotional pain and my mom was my best friend, my therapist, alot to my i took care of her for 2 years and she died in her home in her bedroom of 30 years while me and my boys 8 & 4 at the time were in the other room (hubby at work). i was devastated still am but figured that would be that no more vics, however i am a resourceful woman and soon found people who would sell at a high $ any amount i wanted at my worst i took 18-20 7.5s but over time i managed to lower my amount i told my (friend) to never take another call from me and here i am. thats my sad story. What i want to say to you is that you mentioned in your post to me that 16 years ago you beat an addiction to methadone.i have never had methadone but ive spent 3 years reading (not posting) did that for the 1st time the other day but after readind 3 years od drug addiction message boards i would say that methadone is one of the worst drugs to come off of, it seems to stay in your system a long time compared to other opiates ive heard it can be brutal. SO PAT if you beat meth 16 years ago YOU CAN DO THIS we are to far into this hell to turn back, it aint gonna be easy but im committed vics nearly DESTROYED me and to look at me you would never know. We can do this from what i hear we should be past the worst and on the road to recovery. im scared ill admit it i HATE the first pill i took but id love 100 more how sick is that. Pat best of luck to you i pray (and i am a christian) which causes me alot of guilt at what ive done that you will beat this, i need to beat it to AND I NEED TO BEAT IT NOW
If you kicked methadone this will be piece of cake. You know that in your head. You will be fine. Methadone is the worst of the worst to kick if you ask me. I came off 200mg CT. It still sucks though huh? You know the drill, hot baths, a little sunshine, candy, and vitamins.
Oxycontin is heavy dude. 160 is not a light dose a day. You have kicked methadone and my guess is that this will be nothing compared to that but it still sucks. Hold on b/c it is almost over. Get your butt up and take a very small walk. I know it is the furthest thing from your mind when you are scwerming around in bed or on your couch but this lady made me do it once and I hated her for it untill afterwards when my musceles chilled for a little while. It might help along with baths. How much methadone were you on?