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Hi everyone ,
I need help. I have ben taking Vicodin ES for 8 years for Legit pain, Naturally I became addicted and have been abusing for 3 years . Right now I am up to 10-15 vicodin es a day. I also take xanax but only as directed.
My problem is obviously I'm taking to much Vicodin and I need to quit. My oher problem is that my husband has no idea and would never understand nor would he be supportive due to family histories , he has no patience for addiction at all and doesn't understand how anyone could be so weak. I also have 3 children and can't be out of commission too long because I have no one to help me.
I don't think I could handle cold turkey, I've been through withdrawals in the past when I ran out of pills. I had diareaha that just wouldn't quit. Is weaning better? someone also told me that the xanax I take would help a lot. My last part o the probem is that I have been looking for a job and have an interview coming up. If I get the job there is a mandatory drug test. Can anyone tell me how long it takes to get out of your system? I have heard that a lot of water and or green tea speed the process but don't know how true that is. I just need advice because this has all got to end....I don't even remember what it is like to be clean anymore and I'm scared that I'm so used to the way I am now that I won't be able to function clean. Can anyone give me some ideas. I don't expect an easy answer just a way to do this that I will be able to function and hopefully have no one notice that I'm withdrawing.
Deerie, hi there, and welcome to the board. *smile*

The first good thing you have going for you is that you have realized you have a problem and have asked for help. There are many of us here that have gone thru what you are going thru now, so theres plenty of advice to go around.

First, I guess if I were you, I would taper slowly. Could you possibly do one less Vicodan every couple days? This would help you immensly.

The only thing wrong with this is your drug test coming up. If you do in fact have a script for these for legit pain, tell the folks when you go for the test. Bring the bottle w/ you to prove it. If you dont, then you may need to bite the bullet and go cold turkey. I know you dont want to but you're going to have to make a choice between the job ~ or not.
The Vicodan will stay in your system for a bit, but if you actually quit and drink lots and lots and lots of water you should be able to flush it out. I think 3 - 5 days. Not long at all, but this depends on you quitting.

I dont know from firsthand experience on the Xanax, but have heard many horror stories on detoxing from them. I say be very wary of the Xanax.

Now, this is all fine and good, but I hear a cry for help from you. You sound like myself and many others here who have just come to a point where we NEED to get off the merry-go-round.

You've made the first step admitting a problem. Start weaning yourself off of these devil pills NOW.
The choice is yours. How bad do you want and/or need this? I think you need it as badly as you sound.

Again, welcome to the board.