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Savannahlee.....I congratulate you on the taking the first step to recovery and admitting that you are addicted. It took me 7 years to realize that I too was addicted to Hydrocodone. I am only 23 years old, and have been using since I was 16. I have been clean 2 months now. It is impossible to quit cold turkey....I tappered off and started a drug called Naltrexone. It is an opiod blocker. I no longer benefit from the "high" achieved from taking Norco. If I do take one, I will become deathly ill. There have been several occassions where I wanted to use, and probably would have, had it not have been for the scare factor in the naltrexone, and the fear of going into a coma (since that is a side effect if you use hydrocodone while on the naltrexone) I go to meetings and see a drug counselor, I also broke down and informed my supervisor at work, so that they could have me radomly drug tested to ensure that I am not using. It is unbelievable how much support I have received in admitting my addiction and seeking help. I actually thought that I was a better person while on the Norco, I was always in a good mood (I thought) when in actuality I was always suffering from mood swings and got aggitated easier. Being an addict we dont see or understand truely how we are acting, we let ourselves become consumed and that becomes the only thing that we care about (whether we want to admit it or not) we put that before our work, our family, and worst of all ourselves. I have no doubt in my mind that you are a great mother, however, you have to ask yourself, are you really the best mother that YOU could possibly be. There are alternatives to narcotic pain relievers. I sympathize with you and understand that pain that you are going through with Rheumatiod arthritis, my mother suffers from it as well, however, she has seen what the Norco has done to me, and she just takes glucosamine and motrin. I have only been clean 2 months, and never in a million years did I think a regular asprin would work on my back pain....the other day I took an asprin and laid on the heating pad...and it worked!!! My system is slowly starting to get back on track...the doctors told me that it would take about a full year of not using for my entire body to get back to normal. They also said that a crack addiction is easier to break than a Vicodin (hydrocodone) addiction! You are not alone in this!!! I wish you the best of luck, and keep posting to let us know how you are doing!!
Much Love

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