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so i'm 24 i started using when i was 21. i started buying vicodens from my "friend." then one day he says hey, i got these new things call roxy's. there's supposed to be the best. here i'll give you one for free to try out.. so i crushed it up and up it went.. 10 minutes later i thought i found it! something that makes me feel great! so i continued to take the roxy's for another year.. started out with a quater of one, ended up doing 10-12 a day. after i wanted to get off those i found the methadones, they were cheaper, i only needed one a day to feel "normal." so two years later they ru(i)n my life. my family doesnt know im an addict.. hell i've done such a good job living a second life my gf of a year n a half doesnt know that i take them! now im done, im tired of feeling this way. im tired of having to take a pill just to get up and go to work each day. its been two days now and i haven't had anything. as you all know i feel like total and compleat shit! i want to get on suboxone to help with things but im worried i'll just rely on that. if that happens it doesn't solve any of my problems.. plus money is an issue. so im trying it cold turkey! I guess im here for the support.. im not sure.. im my mind i know i want to never touch one again! but i dont know if im strong enough to do it on my own. if there's anything i can do, or take to make it any easier the help would be great.. i know i just gotta keep my head up and keep thinking about how much greener the grass is on the other side!!
how much methadone have you jumped from (and for how long?)????

hang in there - we just need a bit more info.
Do a search on this board & you'll find a few tips/advice on how to cope with the syptoms of withdrawals - hot water bottles, drink tonic water , eat bananas etc.
These feelings wont last forever - KEEP that in mind. I am a year off methadone, it is a bumpy road - but it is possible. just keep on focussing on the life you want and keep this idea/image close when you feel weak. You can do it - be strong.
If things feel too bad then try and reduce quickly from 80 to 20 over a week or 2 - then jump to zero. It just depends on your thresh hold.

I wish you all the very best - keep us posted to how you're doing - its good to use this place when you're feeling low. i know it worked for me.

take care
Hey there!

I just wanted to say hello and WELCOME you. You will find this group to be very supportive and helpful! I know I did!

i don't know anything about methadone but I am an addict to Oxycontin and Oxycodone... I know how hard it was to get off those!!! I am only 5 days completely off..

I did want to share one thing with you though... When I was doing my wean down program that I requested from my Dr. she had me take xanax to help me sleep at night.. now I am not saying that can be taken with methadone because I dont know about methadone.. but thought it might help to share.

I wish you such success!!!! W/d SUCK BIG TIME so hang in there. Drink lots of water, excersice as much as you can and eat bananna's. Oh.. and i took like 3 baths a day to try to calm my restless legs.. THEY WERE SO BAD I swear I almost lost my mind!

Good luck to you and keep in touch.. Hang around here!!
~Secrets
the last time i took anything was 20mg of methadone saturaday morning.. but the restless legs arent bothering me. but i've got it in my arms pretty bad. i found that with the zanax i'll sleep great for awhile then wake up and take a lil more and fall back asleep.. i think that it's going to be a little worse tonight.. but i've been eating good, trying to move about as much as i can. and all that good stuff.. and yes you are right secrets the w/d's THEY SUCK!!!! but just a few more days is what i keep telling myself.. im sick of having to rely on a pill every morning. Im stayin strong! I want my old self back again! I miss him... and thanks guys for the support. i've done alot of reading on here and hearing some of your guys stories deff helps with the struggle. thanks guys!
question for Yossarian22 when you were detoxing off of the methadone how long did the physical w/d's take? like the cold/hot sweats, and the whole body ache's.. i know it'll be awhile before my energy is really back up there.. but i can deal with having no energy and the ache's.. but these damn cold/hot sweats drive me crazy more than anything! i think i'd be a lil more alright if they went away...
This is all new to me because i was actually prescribed methadone for opiate withdrawal. I was taking oxycodone, hydrocodone, klonopin, anything that had the words "codone" in it. And my doc was prescribing them and he thought I was only taking 8 Lorcet or 8 percocet a day when really I was taking 20-30 a day plus i was taking about 5 klonopins with all that. and i am only 24 but i have been on methadone for 6 months now, and i feel and look alot better, i went thru a rough patch when i was abusing those i was taking 9-12 a day of 10 mgs then my fiance pointed out and said you're gonna die. And now I am back to my 60 mgs a day like normal. But now I am worried about stopping these whats gonna happen when I want another child? am i gonna withdrawal all over again? but worse? But methadone has helped, but reading your story, im scared. I dont want to be on these forever!!
I've never once went to a doctor for my stuff.. I'll leave that at that.. But I started taking the methadones to get off of the opiats. And they made me feel great.. No withdraws I had energy.. But after being on them for nearly two years that all starts to fade away and its right back to square one! In my opinion I don't think doctors should get you off of one thing and right back on another.. And yes, you will go thru withdraws when you stop taking them.. I didn't try to taper myself off of them, I just stoped cold turkey.. Like I said before I don't know if that made things any better, or any worse for me... I just wish doctors never made ANY of this shyt in the first place.. But now-a-days they gotta pill to fix anything..
[QUOTE=behindblueyez19;3787779]so i'm 24 i started using when i was 21. i started buying vicodens from my "friend." then one day he says hey, i got these new things call roxy's. there's supposed to be the best. here i'll give you one for free to try out.. so i crushed it up and up it went.. 10 minutes later i thought i found it! something that makes me feel great! so i continued to take the roxy's for another year.. started out with a quater of one, ended up doing 10-12 a day. after i wanted to get off those i found the methadones, they were cheaper, i only needed one a day to feel "normal." so two years later they ru(i)n my life. my family doesnt know im an addict.. hell i've done such a good job living a second life my gf of a year n a half doesnt know that i take them! now im done, im tired of feeling this way. im tired of having to take a pill just to get up and go to work each day. its been two days now and i haven't had anything. as you all know i feel like total and compleat shit! i want to get on suboxone to help with things but im worried i'll just rely on that. if that happens it doesn't solve any of my problems.. plus money is an issue. so im trying it cold turkey! I guess im here for the support.. im not sure.. im my mind i know i want to never touch one again! but i dont know if im strong enough to do it on my own. if there's anything i can do, or take to make it any easier the help would be great.. i know i just gotta keep my head up and keep thinking about how much greener the grass is on the other side!!
whatever u do, DO NOT GO ON A METHADONE PROGRAM!!! Suboxone can help with ur withdrawal and is much easier to wean off than methadone. Have to go on the internet bcause in most of the U.S. there are only a limited amount of docs that can write for suboxone. Good luck to you. I am withdrawing over 6 weeks from many mny yrs of "methadone maintainance" and I'm still going thru it.