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Hey Smooch:wave:

You can ask me whatever you want about addiction....I've got to be as honest as possible if I ever want to be sober. No, sweetie, I'm not sober, althogh I feel I am! This time last week I went off 20-30 a day Lortab to nothing for 5days.....Super bad w/d's (I did have some ativan thankfully to keep me alive) but not til the 2nd day late.
I know what you mean about your kids....I had to send my little one to his dad's house because I was throwing up non-stop for an entire about 12 hours....he listened to me all night long....how depressing. I had to tell him it was something I ate or the flu and I didn't want him to get sick too.....Talk about feeling some guilt....
Yuk....I'm in a "mood" right now because I switched to fentanyl on Friday cuz the w/d's were so severe. I've got to be alone and by myself for about a week to 10 days to do this physically....then do alot of inner stuff and NA/AA.
Everyone here has kinda freaked out at me going to fentanyl, which has got me freaked out too, but I'm really super careful with narcotics....I was taught by the best abusers in the world! HaHa! Just a joke....:) But the people I hung with 15-20 years ago were abusing prescription meds before anyone knew to! Anyway.....I am not at all familiar with fentanyl but have researched as best I can..I just looked at the box of fentanyl and was reading it and it says specifically on it "not for acute or postoperative use" "In vivo delivery of 25mcg/ fentanyl for 72hours" and "each transdermal system contain 2.55mgs fentanyl.......

Anyway, from what I can tell in research, and just the way I feel, I'm not in any trouble at all....I'm not high by any means, actually in a little bit of a 'funk' because I'm pretty normal, and having just slight w/d's....But i'm not craving at all.....That's a good thing.....
I don't know if this fentanyl is different from others, but seems pretty mild....not controlling pain really well, but I'm starting to just accept it....I have no idea how that's gonna work when I go back to work....guess I'll worry about that then.....

I read something earlier today about w/ding from hydro and it suggested for phase I: take the same dose you always do first thing in the day whenever you usually take your first dose (probably when you get up right?) then for the rest of the day knock it down by a 1/3.....take a nighttime dose right before going to bed.....keep this up for about 5-7days
Phase II: Take that first dose that you've kept the same and knock it down 1/3 but still take it same time you always do, take all other doses and knock them down an additional 1/3....5-7days
Phase III: Everything down another 1/3, which you should be down to about nothing and another 5-7days then you'll not take anything after that
They suggest writing all this down so you'll stick to a plan. They also say everybody is different which we know and that the days may vary.....They say you will have slight w/d's after stopping of course, but it mainly entails lack of sleep and probably some tummy upset....

Anyway.....but we both know you gotta be ready...no matter what you do!
You can do all that, but if you're not really ready to change things and willing to do what it takes, it's not gonna work...your mind will tell you all day long your w/ds are worse than they might be, and you're craving big time!
Ya know, the way I'm approaching this is I am quitting around August....(you can look at my posts under "I'm depressed" and 'fentanyl questions' for details as to the why's and what's) ....and when I quit I'm just going to tell my six yr old little boy that I'm changing some medicine and stuff and it might make mommy a little gripey sometimes, but don't take it personally and let me know if I'm being too gripey and I'll try not to be....and to just be patient with me because mommy's gonna realy be in a much better mood all the time and not feel so bad after awhile....
It's honest, but not too much info for him....we are super tight and he will understand and I can talk to him like that....I think he'll be thanful in the end for sure....a month or so of gripiness and tiredness isn't so bad considering the alternative.....
I'm glad to hear from you Smooch!!!
Maybe when you get ready, we can do this together and just be gripey to each other! :)
Shay
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