In 2001, afraid to touch the joints anymore, oral surgeon referred me to the Pain clinic where they gave me methadone
. Averaged 80 mgs. the past 4 years. I became tolerant, wanted to taper off slowly, began 11/04, got down to 5 mg. 7/05 when it became too hard. I've been seeing a rehab doctor and taking suboxone. While tapering, in order to continue work and not suffer withdrawal, I was given xanax. I became addicted at one time up to 25 mg.s a day, down to 15 now.