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You're going to be alright. Tell the truth so they can help you..the whole dirty scary ugly truth. It's okay if you shake, cry and fall only shows your level of committment and honesty. It will take a tremendous weight off your shoulders. Be honest about everything - your history of abuse, your fears of withdrawl, your fears of pain, your desire to stop using. Remember - whatever they give you..whatever advice and whatever medication - follow the instructions to the letter. No matter how hard it won't last forever. This too shall pass. Soon you will get to the other side.

Don't forget to ask about other options - therapy, accupuncture, anti-inflammatory medication, any other options to manage your pain. Also Suboxone or Methadone maintenance if they think it's a viable option for you. I'm pretty sure you'll have to get off the Perc's before you start anything else so you may have a strict taper first.

Imagine we're there holding your hand...we're there in spirit.

Your wife doesn't have to know this part. They can't tell her anything under HIPAA Regulations unless you give written consent. You can ask in writing for them not to release any info about you to anyone but you or people you designate. Ask them about their privacy will tell you everything you need to know about that.

I know you'll do the right thing. You're already getting a taste of the freedom this can bring. Life will change..but change can be so good.
It's going to be okay. Tell them the truth. What is the truth? You started out legitimately, you became dependent & then you became addicted. It ceased being all about the pain relief. You are using the oxy's and the perc's to maintain you addiction. You desperately want help. You still have legitimate pain, but you don't want to be a slave to the little amber bottles anymore. You want help titrating down or switching to a medication like methadone that will address your pain and addiction issues. Talk about options for the future. If and when you decide to come off the methadone..can you change to suboxone and then taper off from there. Ask what your options are.

If they refuse to help you (which I don't think will happen) you don't have to give them the Percs. You can use them to taper yourself down. I don't think they are going to snatch them out of your hand. If they give you options and you set a plan..then turn them over. Use your best judgement...follow your gut - you know what is right now - you know you want freedom. Let them know you are afraid and you want support to do this right. Let them know you want to be free. I think they will help you..I'm sure you aren't the only one who has been through this. Pain management doctors probably deal with this often. Don't be discouraged.

In the unlikely event this doesn't work out..there are alwys other options, other doctors, other places. You can't give up. Please don't chicken's going to work out. You are going to be fine. I will be anxiously awaiting your post.

Tina is many times do you think they have caught someone running out early and asking for refills? You are taking the high road're asking for help. I think they will respect your honesty.

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