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[QUOTE=caitlinjoy]I am new to this board. For the past five years or so I have been taking vicodin more or less daily. I have never taken more than two at one time nor more than five in one day. I believe the time has come for me to get off this stuff, though. I am just tired of the whole deal. Is it possible to get off this stuff without going into a treatment center? What should I expect at this level of addiction?[/QUOTE]

Caitlinjoy, to answer your question, YES, it is possible to get off of it without a treatment center. I personally did it without any type of rehab or detox center (I was using 60-100mg daily for about one year.) However, prepare yourself for a bumpy ride and take the following precautions: if possible, let a trusted friend or relative know what you're going through and what you want to accomplish. Let him/her know that UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES are you to have ANY OPIATES!!! This is important, because once you're in withdrawal, it's likely that you'll try to get some vikes one way or another. have him/her stay at your place while you are in Withdrawal, and if possible, give him/her your cell phone, money, and anything else that's involved in acquiring your vikes. if this isn't possible due to work or other obligations, find a time when you can take a few days off. to help ease the pain, try taking Advil every day. Also, take a multi-vitamin and some form of protein everyday to help build yourself back up. after such long use, your brain stops producing endorphins, and you need protein to help rebuild. take plenty of hot showers also, this will help with your body aches. Considerin the duration of your use, your WD can last for longer than you might expect. Give yourself at least a week or so for the major physical discomfort (I'd predict even longer, possibly a month, but the worst will be over by then.) Also, mentally you will probably feel unstable or on-edge or even depressed for some time after the physical discomfort subsides...

At your level of abuse, any of the following can apply in varying degrees of intensity: muscle aches, insomnia, diahrea, depression, anxiety, lack of appetite, inability to stay still, cravings for the drug, feeling unusually hot, getting the chills, sweating, and maybe others. keep these in mind, because it's less scary to experience these things when you know that they could happen. most importantly, realize that time will heal all of this discomfort, and each day your sober is a step toward feeling better.

also, considering how long you used painkillers, it's a GOOD IDEA to try going to some NA meetings, or getting drug counseling, because it's easier to get off vics than to stay off them...

good luck, and just remember that it all passes in time...





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