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Whatever you do, DO NOT START TAKING THE OXYCONTIN. It is the same medicine as the percocet (oxycodone) but it is released into the system in an entirely different manner that makes it nearly impossible to stop once you start.

As far as quitting the percocet, the first thing you need to do is get detoxed. There are several ways you can do that. One is to come clean with your doctor and then devise some sort of taper schedule with his help (there is a fella on here that goes by "philster" who really knows his stuff about tapering... you may want to ask for his thoughts if you decide to go that route).

The tapering thing works for a lot of people. Unfortunately, I wasn't one of them and I had to be detoxed (more than once) at inpatient facilities. When I would get to the 3rd or 4th day, I would say to heck with it and go get some pills if I wasn't locked down somewhere.

Some people will say that going cold turkey is the way to go. All I can say to that is that I have rarely seen it work. The withdrawals are just simply more powerful than most people -- I've lifted weights and involved in athletics most of my life and always viewed myself as somewhat of a bad*ss but I was no match for the withdrawals. So, in my experience, your only two realistic options are tapering or an inpatient medical detox.

The big question is what you do after you detox because you are going to have cravings and obsess over the drugs even if your body is no longer crying out for the drugs. AA and NA have worked best for me and I have seen more people stay clean thru the AA program of recover than any other means. However, I realize that AA is not for everybody (at least they don't think it is at first) but you have to connect, and stay connected, with people in recovery.

Best of luck and let us know if you have any more questions.


Hi Mrallen,

Congratulations to you for being clean for 107 days, that is wonderful! SIX years, oh my goodness, that is such a long time, but I am so happy to hear that you conquered your demons!

Thank you so much for answering my post. I really appreciate the links that you provided to me. They were very helpful in my researching.

You had mentioned Vitamin C, does this really help with the cravings? The link that you provided for me about the vitamins was very helpful too. I was just a little confused because there were a lot of vitamins listed, but I am assuming that the vitamin c is the most important one if I am going to taper, right?

At this point, I am not sure if I should taper or go into an inpatient detox program. What do you suggest I do?

If I were to go this route and taper, how do I go about doing this as far as the Percocets go? What do you mean by taper down while detoxing? Does this mean to slowly decrease my amount of Percocet? If so, how do I know how much I should take, and how long I should take it for? Ex; Take 8 pills for 5 days then 7 for 5 days and ect.... I am now taking 8 a day, so what do you suggest?

So if I decide to taper, all I would need to do is, go out and buy Vitamin C and take 4000 mgs a day, and then go to GNC and get a detox program along with detox tea? Is this what you did? That doesn't sound to bad, but I wish I could find a doctor who would prescribe me the same medications that they perescribe patients in a detox center.

Mrallen, I don't think that I would be able to go cold turkey like you did. Why did you decide to go this route? Did you do the vitamin C and the detox teas and quit cold turkey that way or did you taper then go cold turkey?

Why the hot baths? What is up with that? What did you take for the diarrhea and for sleep? Oh my gosh, I am so scared! Will I be vomiting?

As far as getting a lot of movies and DVD's, I understand the need for that. That is a great idea.

As far as praying, God will be with me, I trust that he will. I will pray for the strength to get through this, and I know he will make it possible for me to do so. I think that me praying and wanting to change, is the reason why I want to finally do this. I guess I am just scared, cause I don't know what I am about to go through, its my fear of the unknown, but God will pull me through this.

I am sitting here bawling my eyes out as I write this. I will keep you guys posted as much as I can, and thank you so much for being there for me as I go through this. I will try to be very strong for this board, my family and myself.

I will let you know if I decide to go through inpatient detox or the way that you have suggested as far as tapering. I should know this within the next couple of days.

Please if you can, I would really appreciate if you could answers my questions, so that I can make a decision on what to do.

Thank you so much Allen. I will pray that you continue to stay clean and be strong. I think you are a great role model and keep up the good work, I am very proud of you!

Take Care & God Bless,

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