Getting off methadone naturally

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These people are serious about getting off of drugs, these drugs that have absolutely ruined people's lives. You try that methadone and we'll see you back here with a problem you can't stop, trying to withdraw, miserable, depressed, with your life spiraling our of control, or maybe we won't see you at all because you'll be dead.
Subsequently, my counselor (aware of my want to be off methadone eventually) was extremely helpful. He informed me, that the people who got off methadone and remained off all drugs detox at a very slow rate. He even proclaimed that the slower you go, the better your chances. I heeded his advice and started coming down on my dose almost immediately. By the time I got to my third month I was taking 40mg a day.
most come here to get off sub or methadone there is a methadone community with alot of support..if u google it u will find it..i am not sure u will find ur happiness in another narcotic..but educating urself is important in order to stay off the streets Happiness is a state of mind..it comes from inside..depending on outside sources for happiness/like pills, alcohol, money, people, etc...can be taken away so quickly...
I am glad you all shared your story and they were all truly inspirational. You all inspire me to keep my head up and continue to trek ahead with getting off methadone. I am now on 75mg from 95mg going down 2mg/ week. I put the order in at the clinic I go to that I want to continue the taper. I stopped the taper at the beginning of June this year because I was transferring to a different clinic due to moving 3 hours away. I just decided to continue the taper.
I've been slowly tapering off of a 15 year Methadone maintainence program for about 2 years now. Roughly dropping 5 milligrams every month or so. About a month ago my dose was at 3 mgs. At that point I really didn't feel to bad during the day although the nights were horrible due not being able to sleep. At that point I decided to just stop the meth all together, rather than prolonging the agony of dropping from 3 -2, then 2-1 etc.
I know what all of the withdrawl symptoms are and I know pretty much all about it but I really need help and encouragement getting off of them. I don't want to get into a rehab or anything like that because I have a fiance and we are struggling to make it now and it would kill her and bring us down if I had to. What should I expect in the long run?
This is a list of what we have used to offset withdrawal symptoms. Double up on RDI of all vitamins as the body of an addict has depleted our natural supply. You must replenish and exceed that. When purchasing vitamins, etc., make sure they are liquid, chewable, soft gel or injectable as most addicts (definately opiate/methadone users) gut does not function properly. vitaminsthatwork.com CalMag & NaturalCalm we drink this 4-5 times daily getcanadiangrugs.
Funny, it was the same doctor who gave me my first script for Vic's. I live in Los Angeles - are there doctors who specialize in getting people off addictions? I just want to live like a "normal" person again. I feel like such a fraud. None of my friends are/were users. Once I'm over the physical part of this, I'l thinking of looking up NA, or another kind of group. You guys are great - I really couldn't do this without you.!
Brand-name-only Imodium (over the counter at the supermarket) -- if you're a normal hydro addict, you'll be getting the runs by no later than the second or third day off the lorcet. In my experience, it's an especially unpleasant variety. At the first impulse, take two or three and respond to returning urges with two tabs. It's important that you do it immediately. L-Tyrosine (qty 50 of the 500mg caps) - an amino acid available at the health food store.
Getting off Methadone is the absolute hardest thing I have ever done! It pushed me to the edge of sanities breaking point. It is ten times as powerful as the Hydro's....i'll take 5 days of w/d's from hydo cold turkey before I ever put that methadone back in my body!
Please help me. I've been trying to quit taking methadone for several years now. I am currently trying to taper down. Only taking 5 mg in the morning for 3rd day in a row now. It's going better than I thought. Just really afraid to stop completely. It's such an embarrassing thing to admit.:( I desperately want to get closer to God and feel like this drug has such a hold on me. Its such a catch 22. I feel like I Have to have it.
Not only that, we were only allowed to go up as high at 75 before getting the Drs approval first, if I went any higher than 60mgs I'd def be nodding off and too much will cause u to NODD OFF! That means ur getting to much methadone doses. I also get Counseling with my program. I think this has been very helpful for me but I WANT to stop so it's working.
SO (even though I had thought about it time and time again) I decided to get OFF the Methadone for now and then off the Norco...but Dr. later told me get off Norco FIRST cuz Methadone will keep me from going through those withdrawals... I dropped my norco cold turkey a day ago but ended up taking a third of one to help me sleep tonight as I've gone through no sleep for days... Wow.. so now i gotta start going to the county drug/alcohol program..
hi its not a good drug to come off I don't know how im gonna feel after this week when I cut off? 4mgs is my last , then im done, but my wds have been mild, almost 4 months of tapering at 5mgs a week the whole time, but wds the whole time I hope it dosent get worse? my addiction was norcos numb. 10'325 it would have been easyer to taper off of them then go 4 months plus of wds from the methadone.
Unfortunately for me, they were sadistic control freaks, so I ended-up without my life-sustaining methadone again and again (I had to use heroin a few times). I could never even think about getting off methadone while dosing just once daily at a clinic, but after my doctor began prescribing the methadone pills for me a year ago I was able to titrate my dose down to just one 10mg. tablet twice a day - I went from 60mg.
it is faith based, and it was my faith that got me through the withdrawels. it is worth getting off that stuff. it sotle my personality and my memory. i am so glad to no longer be a prisoner of chemicals.
I believe the only thing that is gonna make us loose weight on Methadone is to just get Off of it all together, It makes your body run completely different then whats it was made to do, weather naturally your body keeps you thin or heavier etc, Everyone is different, BUT I have learned that SO many people have gained weight on methadone, & diet & exercising doesn't help, Maybe a little, but it comes right back.
next will be getting off the methadone. it isn`t easy, but you can do it IF you really want to. And if your partner truely loves you, they will stand by you and be willing to wait.
When a person tries to get off methadone too quickly they are not giving their brain time enough to make a sufficient amount of these feel good agents naturally. That is why i think a slow taper is better. You might make it by jumping at 3mg or 5 mgs or whatever... but your brain will be lagging behind atleast 6 months... so until the brain has started naturally producing enough of these endorphins and neurtotransmitters you will be very depressed..
Remember that getting off is easy but staying off and avoiding temptation is where the real hard work comes in and I hope you have a plan to stay clean and sober. God Bless.
when i came off methadone it took me a month to detox. i would tell anyone not to go the methadone route.
GET OFF THE ULTRAM It will make u detox off of it badly and it lasts a long time!!! I came off methadone CT and it was bad but I lived and I have over 130days and I am happy for it the worse of the worse was only 10-12 days then I felt weak for a month or so... I didnt have horrid diahrreah had some but not as bad as i thought for me it was the legs and the dry heaves everyone is different You will realize how strong you are This site saved my life during the darkest of nights...
i was told the entire time i was on it (about 16 months) that it was a very mild drug used to treat wd and non addictive. i was told i would have little to no problem getting off of it. i did a little research on it and all the 'officical' information and literature I read seemed to support that (I should have come to this forum in the beginning).
I am so glad that you are letting us know how you are doing! You should be very proud of yourself for getting off the methadone after being on it so long. Just wanted to stop by and say hi and keep up the good hard work Dutch.
We don't drink, or smoke pot, or do other drugs, which would make taking methadone, just getting a wake up every morning. Other than that, heavy involvement in meetings, or perhaps, a detox with Suboxone, are the things I would suggest. Don't think of any of these options as being weak! It is what it is. I made peace with it a long time ago. Best of luck, feel free to ask me any questions you think I may have answers for.
They have perscribed me 10 mg percocet (which do not seem to reduce the pain very well, and 50mg of methadone per day. I am very concerned about the methadone as I have read horror stories about getting off this narcotic, Ive been on these meds for 3 wks and need some feedback. The methadone doesnt seem to do anything for the pain, however, I am told i need to stay on it. Anyone have any feedback for me??
I wanted off of that though since I was trying to go drug free even though I was planning on getting on the most addictive drug ever methadone stupid. They said oh here we have all these 2 medications that will work great for you, and there NON ADDICTIVE the big pharmaceutical company lie since its there big seller.
I have had two children while on methadone with has slowed down any hope of getting off the stuff. I have been tappering off 2 mgs a month. I am on a high split dose. I use to be very thin. I am 5'9 and weighted 125 since being on methadone I am now197. I have gained 72lbs. I want to cry. I hate what i see when i look in the mirror. Thank you to all of you who posted because I now have hope to lose weight as I continue to tapper off. I am excersing 5 days a week but I crave sugar like crazy.
She has me taking Ativan for the anxiety associated with withdraw. I'm also going to start counciling next week. Has anyone ever succeeded getting off this drug this way. I was thinking maybe she could put me on another type of opiate with a longer half life that wont addict me. Like methadone or something like that. I know methadone is also addictive, but it takes longer to get addicted than what vicodin does. Is this possible. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thank You.
HI sub is a funny drug we have had members come off at 2mg and get little or mild withdrawals then we have member like you where there body reacts there is no telling how you will come off this drug the lower the does the shorter the duration but the symptoms my still be there we have had members take it down to crumbs with little to no withdrawals and other suffer for weeks you just dont knoe till you try I would suggest quiting 3 days b/4 your time off it usually take about 3 days for the ful
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