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New member seeking help with quitting opiates. Please help!
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    Unhappy New member seeking help with quitting opiates. Please help!

    Good afternoon,

    Let's start with who I am and how it all started.. I am currently 20 years and I work in the transportation industry (never stops 24/7). When it all started, I was 16 and sustained a life-changing injury playing football. I had my C4-C5 disk completely ruptured and dissipated inside of my body. I had surgery thru the back of my neck and that's when it began.. I was prescribed percocet 10/325's. I took them as prescribed, and after check-ups every couple weeks the doctor would prescribe more, which at the time, I did actually need. My neck still hurts to this day and I have been to what-I-feel-like has been a million doctors seeking help for the constant pain I have.

    So when the neurosurgeon had to stop prescribing me the opiates, he referred me to a pain specialist in the same office who subsequently told me that he could not help me and that's when the cycle of doctors began. Since I was 16-19 when being passed along from one doctor to the next they told me that I did need to have the medication but that they could not prescribe it due to my age... I had one doctor flat out tell me that if I was ten years older he would RX me with no problem. I resulted to others that had personal prescriptions and eventually the streets to get the drugs that I did need at the time. That's where things turned for the worse.


    Now for where I am-- the opiates have ruined my life. My body is strongly addicted to them. I have been taking 4-6 30mg roxicodone daily. I make pretty decent money, and most of the money I make has gone to buying these drugs. Aside from that, I am also in payday loan debt of about $7,000-8,000 so my money is currently going toward re-writing those loans in order not to have them bounce. So, long story a little shorter... I cannot leave my job for any length of time to go into a facility to get off of the meds, however I must get off of them. Since I work in the transportation industry, the work doesn't stop. I work M-F dayshift, but if I get a call on Sat/Sun I will answer it and handle the work.

    I have read about the Thomas Recipe and have considered that.. I've also considered tapering... I'm here for your advice and support and I know that you all have been very supportive of others as I've been reading on these forums for over a year without actually making an account.

    I'm currently trying to taper and have had only one 20mg roxicodone and I do not feel high, but I do not feel super sick for the moment. Let me know if there are extra things you may need to know.


    My goal is to get off of these pills without losing/leaving my job because I HAVE to have the money I make in order to get out of the debt that I got myself into. No pity, just support. Please let me know if there is anything extra you might need to know in order to better help.

    Thanks in advance everyone.

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    Hi there, welcome.

    Tapering opiates needs to be done slowly and steady so you're not miserable the whole time. What daily dosage are you taking?

    Let us know. We're here to help.

    Kat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iwantoff2013 View Post
    Hi there, welcome.

    Tapering opiates needs to be done slowly and steady so you're not miserable the whole time. What daily dosage are you taking?

    Let us know. We're here to help.

    Kat
    I was taking 4-6 30mg roxys daily. I am currently taking 10-20mg at a time.. But will run out soon.

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    Is anyone here?

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    Hi ad,

    How can I help?

    Cat

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    Honestly I'm not sure. I'm here for opinions and advice on how to quit. I'm open minded and just need some help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ad96 View Post
    Honestly I'm not sure. I'm here for opinions and advice on how to quit. I'm open minded and just need some help.
    Give me a minute to re-read your initial post. I'll be back in a minute. Please hang on.

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    OK. Your first post was 3 days ago. You were up to around 120mg/day, is that right? How much have you taken per day on that day, yesterday and today?

    I have to tell you that tapering is a bit*ch. On top of that, it's not going to help you with your debt. This is a horrific cycle, my friend. I made a financial mess myself and I can tell you one thing, it won't begin to get better if you don't just stop so that's what I'm going to suggest you do. Maybe it would be a blessing if you couldn't do anymore of those pay advances. Ya know?

    Here's what I did. My last Day 1 was on a Thursday. I worked a 12 hr day and it wasn't bad at all. I was taking 200mg a day at the point. By that first night, my symptoms began to make me a little anxious, but honestly I think a big part of it was craving and just wanting to take my regular night dose. I managed to get a few hours sleep. By the morning of Day 2, the symptoms were peaking and stayed that way for another 2 days. On Day 5, my RLS was entirely gone. I hadn't had much sleep so I was tired and weak. Overall, I was much relieved and felt sooooo much better. I went back to work on Day 6. So, if you begin on a Thursday you'll need to either struggle through Friday or take the day with the weekend off. Monday will be your Day 5, if you push yourself, you may be able to go back to work. If not, one more day. You'll have missed 2 work days. Let's get real here you and I. I'm betting you spend more than 2 days pay on pills per week. Am I right?

    Let us help you. There's no time like the present. Get clean and rebuild your life. I had to. Most of us had to. I depleted our bank accounts and maxed out my credit cards. I'm still paying for the pills I took going on 7 years ago but it won't be long before I'll be done. In the meantime, I have a new car and I go on vacation at least twice a year. My bills are paid and I'm not afraid to answer my phone. Best thing is that I'm back! I'm free. You have to start somewhere and it's at the beginning.

    You in?

    Peace,

    Cat
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catrina View Post
    OK. Your first post was 3 days ago. You were up to around 120mg/day, is that right? How much have you taken per day on that day, yesterday and today?

    I have to tell you that tapering is a bit*ch. On top of that, it's not going to help you with your debt. This is a horrific cycle, my friend. I made a financial mess myself and I can tell you one thing, it won't begin to get better if you don't just stop so that's what I'm going to suggest you do. Maybe it would be a blessing if you couldn't do anymore of those pay advances. Ya know?

    Here's what I did. My last Day 1 was on a Thursday. I worked a 12 hr day and it wasn't bad at all. I was taking 200mg a day at the point. By that first night, my symptoms began to make me a little anxious, but honestly I think a big part of it was craving and just wanting to take my regular night dose. I managed to get a few hours sleep. By the morning of Day 2, the symptoms were peaking and stayed that way for another 2 days. On Day 5, my RLS was entirely gone. I hadn't had much sleep so I was tired and weak. Overall, I was much relieved and felt sooooo much better. I went back to work on Day 6. So, if you begin on a Thursday you'll need to either struggle through Friday or take the day with the weekend off. Monday will be your Day 5, if you push yourself, you may be able to go back to work. If not, one more day. You'll have missed 2 work days. Let's get real here you and I. I'm betting you spend more than 2 days pay on pills per week. Am I right?

    Let us help you. There's no time like the present. Get clean and rebuild your life. I had to. Most of us had to. I depleted our bank accounts and maxed out my credit cards. I'm still paying for the pills I took going on 7 years ago but it won't be long before I'll be done. In the meantime, I have a new car and I go on vacation at least twice a year. My bills are paid and I'm not afraid to answer my phone. Best thing is that I'm back! I'm free. You have to start somewhere and it's at the beginning.

    You in?

    Peace,

    Cat
    I agree with Cat. Days 1 and 2 were probably the worst. That can be Saturday and Sunday for you. Even though they weren't pleasant for me, I still found myself able to run to the gas station to grab a bunch of Gatorade. I know there are some people who have worked during their entire withdrawal. Kudos to that. I think by Monday you will feel a little better.

    You can jump tonight or next Thursday. Either way we will support you.

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