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[I]"I am afraid of the person I will be when I am not on them"[/I] -- Boy does that ever sound familiar. I was convinced that I would no longer be me without the pills, which is ironic because I wasn't me WITH the pills to begin with. I wasn't social, I didn't feel happy, I spent all my time counting pills and worrying about going in to withdrawal because I was afraid I would loss my prescription and have to turn to other sources just to keep from feeling sick. Staying on those pills is far scarier than withdrawal every could be.

So imagine my surprise when I quit the pills and found that was I actually happier and felt more alive than I ever did. I'm sure as you thaw out emotionally after the pills you will feel the same. Think about how much money and time you will have when you aren't chasing pills all the time. Picture your life when you aren't counting your pills or worried about running out. Breaking free of those chains will make you happier than the pills ever could.

Of course quitting isn't easy and withdrawal is no picnic, but I think you will find that once you get past that first week (the vacation is a great idea) you will see that thawing out emotionally is exactly what you needed. And without having a 200mg a day habit to feed you might not even need that second job anymore.

Everyone tackles their addiction in their own way, but some of the options you might want to look in to are:

[INDENT]* Tapering down before you quit to reduce (a little anyway) some of the withdrawal. Not everyone has the self-control to do this, but if you can it will help immensely.[/INDENT]

[INDENT]* Go see your doctor and tell him the truth so that he can help you during your detox and possibly prescribe you something to help with symptoms you will experience when you quit. He might also be able to refer you to a treatment center (inpatient or outpatient).[/INDENT]

[INDENT]* Find a drug counseling program, whether it is through your church or temple or Narcotics Annonymous or just one on one with a counselor. Quitting is only the first step. You will still need support to deal with the depression and other issues that prompted you to turn to drugs to numb yourself to begin with. I also highly reccomend coming clean with your close friends and family members so that you don't have to go through this alone. Maybe even encourage your best friend to join you in quitting so that there won't be any temptations there for you later and you will be saving her life before her addiction spins out of control too.[/INDENT]

[INDENT]* If you cannot afford to take an extended period of time off of work and rehabs aren't an option and you don't feel like you can make it cold turkey, there is still one more option; Suboxone. Find a doctor in your area who prescribes suboxone and talk to him about how the drug works to help you quit the norco. There are many many threads here discussing this drug and I highly reccomend you do some research to see if it might be right for you.[/INDENT]

I'm not advocating any one form of treatment over another, I just wanted to offer up some of the options you have to help you beat this. You are not alone in your struggle here and I hope you find the inspiration and support here you need while you are preparing to reclaim your life!

Please keep us posted and feel free to ask any questions - someone here has probably had the same question at some point and can at least point you in the right direction to an answer.

Good luck! :)


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