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Vicodin Issues
Oct 17, 2004
[COLOR=Navy]My struggle with vicodin did not start in a medical setting. I was simply introduced to the substance on the street by a fellow drug user, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, moreso than my previous drug of choice, cannabis, which had begun to get the best of me. I abused hydrocodone for about one year, and my doses (once tolerance and physical dependence grew) ranged from about 50-100mg a day, usually around 70mg. I have been clean now for 77 days and I have a few questions. Firstly, let me say that since stopping drugs (cold turkey) I have been attending personal therapy weekly. I take many vitamins (Multi-vitamin, L-Theanine, SAM-e, B, C, Fish Oil, and Melatonin for sleep) and I drink protein shakes daily. My concern is the lack of progress I feel I've made. It is possible that due to a tense household situation, I developed some form of depression and/or anxiety disorder prior to my addiction, but I'm not really sure. Specifically, I can't really enjoy much in life, I feel disconnected from reality, and I have relentless social anxiety. I don't know what else to do aside from going to therapy and learning to become desensitized to it, but maybe someone could help with other suggestions. Also, I want to know if this is directly related to my drug use, despite having stopped for almost 3 months now. :confused: :confused: :confused:

Background information: I also abused cannabis for a few years, and this eventually caused me to experience extremely unpleasant anxiety and paranoia. I am 18 years old, and have a history of drug addiction in my family. I do not attend any meetings, and although my therapist was once a drug counselor, I am not actually in drug counseling. I am not on any prescription medications (should I be?) and my daily routine consists of going to college classes (I live at home), doing homework, playing guitar, and going online. My social life is fairly non-existent, and I used to consider myself a fairly personable guy.[/COLOR]
Re: Vicodin Issues
Nov 6, 2004
[QUOTE=opiateskill000][COLOR=Navy]My struggle with vicodin did not start in a medical setting. I was simply introduced to the substance on the street by a fellow drug user, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, moreso than my previous drug of choice, cannabis, which had begun to get the best of me. I abused hydrocodone for about one year, and my doses (once tolerance and physical dependence grew) ranged from about 50-100mg a day, usually around 70mg. I have been clean now for 77 days and I have a few questions. Firstly, let me say that since stopping drugs (cold turkey) I have been attending personal therapy weekly. I take many vitamins (Multi-vitamin, L-Theanine, SAM-e, B, C, Fish Oil, and Melatonin for sleep) and I drink protein shakes daily. My concern is the lack of progress I feel I've made. It is possible that due to a tense household situation, I developed some form of depression and/or anxiety disorder prior to my addiction, but I'm not really sure. Specifically, I can't really enjoy much in life, I feel disconnected from reality, and I have relentless social anxiety. I don't know what else to do aside from going to therapy and learning to become desensitized to it, but maybe someone could help with other suggestions. Also, I want to know if this is directly related to my drug use, despite having stopped for almost 3 months now. :confused: :confused: :confused:

Background information: I also abused cannabis for a few years, and this eventually caused me to experience extremely unpleasant anxiety and paranoia. I am 18 years old, and have a history of drug addiction in my family. I do not attend any meetings, and although my therapist was once a drug counselor, I am not actually in drug counseling. I am not on any prescription medications (should I be?) and my daily routine consists of going to college classes (I live at home), doing homework, playing guitar, and going online. My social life is fairly non-existent, and I used to consider myself a fairly personable guy.[/COLOR][/QUOTE]

The feeling you have is fairly normal given your history of drug abuse. Social interaction will definately help alot with your feelings of isolation and feeling disconnected. Did you ever attend Church? AA meetings? NA Meetings?

Also some rigorous excercise will help alot. Get those neurotransmitters firing everyday and you will feel alot better. The exercise will eliminate much of the situational anxiety that you feel. This may sound funny but buy a "muscle and fitness" magazine and read an article or two and it will motivate you to exercise, and I can assure you that you will feel alot better. no joke. I am not just talking shooting some baskets or lifting some weights, but a good ole fashion hardcore workout, just make sure that your doctor approves and when I say rigourous I mean rigorours, however that does not mean lifting more weight then you can handle and sprinting for an hour. If you belong to a gym talk with a trainer and have them put you on a good program. Discipline is the enemy of depression.

Time, exercise, and a social setting will help you to feel much better.

As far as meds go, that is between you and your doctor to decide.





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