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Keeping things secret can seem like the best idea, the fear of disappointing family or losing friends and loved ones can be quite the motivation to keep silent. I found it is best to let at least one person you are close to know about what you are going though and educate them about what addiction is and how they can support you as you get clean. I too became hooked on ocs and would do anything i could get my hands on in an attempt at relieving the emotional turmoil, stress and w/ds. I did tell one person at first however, and I'm glad I did. I had someone to comfort me while I was weaning off, and eventually detoxing at home. It's the only way I didn't just go out and get something to make me feel better again. However, as a side note, I relapsed within three months of that. I'm sure you have heard of a medicine called Suboxone. After relapsing and using for another year, draining my bank account and ruining my relationship with my boyfriend of 4 yrs, I decided to try another approach. I went to the doctor and got put on Suboxone. This drug has kept me off illegal painkillers and eliminated the constant highs and lows of painkillers so I could continue my life and be myself without having to go through pain. I have successfully weaned myself down to a low dose and anticipate being off the medication within the next year. I have rebuilt my relationships, began attending school, and regained my self respect as well as my family and friend's. Not everyone is going to be able to quit and stay clean by themselves. Suboxone eliminates withdrawls as well as eases the emotional urge to use. You dissolve a film under your tongue once a day, and you are good for 24 hrs. This approach includes support from counseling and support group meetings. The program allows for medication and support, which is truely what is needed to stay sober long term.To anyone who has found themselves relapsing, I recommend this method as it has saved my life. It's not for everyone, but if you have relapsed it's worth checking out. Not all doctors can prescribe it, but you can find a provider on the internet. I found a provider that charges based upon my income, as I do not have health insurance.
[QUOTE=Saraleah;4763970]Keeping things secret can seem like the best idea, the fear of disappointing family or losing friends and loved ones can be quite the motivation to keep silent. I found it is best to let at least one person you are close to know about what you are going though and educate them about what addiction is and how they can support you as you get clean. I too became hooked on ocs and would do anything i could get my hands on in an attempt at relieving the emotional turmoil, stress and w/ds. I did tell one person at first however, and I'm glad I did. I had someone to comfort me while I was weaning off, and eventually detoxing at home. It's the only way I didn't just go out and get something to make me feel better again. However, as a side note, I relapsed within three months of that. I'm sure you have heard of a medicine called Suboxone. After relapsing and using for another year, draining my bank account and ruining my relationship with my boyfriend of 4 yrs, I decided to try another approach. I went to the doctor and got put on Suboxone. This drug has kept me off illegal painkillers and eliminated the constant highs and lows of painkillers so I could continue my life and be myself without having to go through pain. I have successfully weaned myself down to a low dose and anticipate being off the medication within the next year. I have rebuilt my relationships, began attending school, and regained my self respect as well as my family and friend's. Not everyone is going to be able to quit and stay clean by themselves. Suboxone eliminates withdrawls as well as eases the emotional urge to use. You dissolve a film under your tongue once a day, and you are good for 24 hrs. This approach includes support from counseling and support group meetings. The program allows for medication and support, which is truely what is needed to stay sober long term.To anyone who has found themselves relapsing, I recommend this method as it has saved my life. It's not for everyone, but if you have relapsed it's worth checking out. Not all doctors can prescribe it, but you can find a provider on the internet. I found a provider that charges based upon my income, as I do not have health insurance.[/QUOTE]

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR INFORMATION ON SUBOXONE. I have been seeing it mentioned here but i have never heard of it and had no idea what it was. I have relapsed after 14 years, vics and oxy being my poison of choice. I have only told one person that i can trust. The first time I became an addict, the drug gave me energy and put me in a good mood, which of course is the reason I continued to take it,. We had just lost our son and I had no energy and of course depressed. The vics made it all better, they gave me both the energy and happiness I so badly craved. It no longer does that, it makes me sleepy, but yet my body craves it. I hope I can get the courage to ask the dr for advise on Suboxone, I live in terrible fear of my family finding out what I have re-done to myself.

Thank you again!





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