May 29, 2016 at 01:58 o\clock

How to stop my Opiate addiction?

Your addiction history is short. Methadone is an option, but in most cases I think it's a last resort for those who simply can't ever feel normal again and may need something, possibly for life, just to feel normal. Methadone is expensive and EXTREMELY restrictive on your lifestyle. Methadone is also bar none the hardest pain-killer to kick by far because it lasts so long. Being that it can be weaned can counteract much of this but it's still very hard. Unfortunately many clinics are typically very cruel in the way they treat people as well.

If you have insurance & really don't want to try the rehab/sober lifestyle I would try out "suboxone" first with your relatively short addiction history. It's basically "methadone-lite" and you can be prescribed a 30-day TAKE HOME supply relatively shortly after starting. Compared to going into a clinic every single day and "earning" take-homes. In - Methadone - fact I believe suboxone works better. It doesn't work well on cravings for everyone though so you'd have to try it out. Usually those with addiction histories such as yours do very well on suboxone. Go to and find a doctor. Call around and look for one that has an affordable rate. Getting on subs isn't cheap! (but if you have insurance 85% covers subs so in the end its about the same as methadone).

Gather up a list of what the doctors charge and what their terms are for how they prescribe etc. Unfortunately many of these doctors want nothing more than to suck the money dry from people, but there are good ones. Either way suboxone isn't cheap to start on. The closer to metro you live, the better choices you'll have. Doctors don't accept insurance for this (which is good in its own sense). Suboxone itself is still patented until about a year from now and is super expensive if you're insurance won't cover it, but still can be around the same as 'done if you do your homework and average the cost out over time. Most doctors overprescribe it BIG time and you can often get what is really a 2-3 month supply from "one months worth" which is great if you have insurance.

By the way, if you're really in search of some sort of "buzz" the legal way neither methadone or suboxone will be what you're looking for. Suboxone has an even longer half-life than methadone and is not easy to kick either, but is a good deal easier to kick than methadone.

Methadone does not cause cancer!

The truth is there is NO BEST cookie-cutter plan. You need to find what works for you. At the end of the day it's your life and if NA isn't what works for you, then so be it. Some type of support system is something you should have though.

I highly recommend at least TRYING suboxone first. Methadone definitely has its role, but it really controls your life too. After a while, you wanna go no a trip or something but don't get enough "take-homes" you have to and fill out paperwork and get an approval or go to a clinic in the town you're going to for "guest dosing" driving in day after day, just to feel some normalcy. Want to go hang out at a methadone clinic on your romantic trip with your SO or something? Not trying to be negative, just want you to udnerstand the harsh reality.

Methadone is typically for those in very deep as it is extremely hard to get off of and very controlling of your life.

By the way stop paying $1/mg for oxy you're getting ripped man! Oxy is one of the more expensive pahrms too, if you can find something else financially it'd save you a load. Of course don't mess with H if you're trying to quit.

If you really want to get clean and off everything give it a serious go somewhere for kicking, it only gets harder.

The reason you feel so bad when stopping is because your brain takes a good amount of time to repair itself. Opiate abuse causes your brain to multiply its pain receptors, then when you go without they initially go nuts (withdrawal) and then afterward they slowly start to go to sleep very slowly. The brain also stops producing its own endorphins as the same rate as it did before. So when you stop you have all these extra receptors that need pain relief and your brain not producing hardly any of its own to top it off.

So it'll probably take you a several months off to start feeling completely normal again after using. Many people believe at some point the natural production of endorphins gets to a point that it can't be repaired & this is why people need something like methadone for life, as even years off of opiates they don't ever feel quite normal. A year in you should be fine and do alright.

If you do decide to get on a maintenance program do yourself a big favor and at least try suboxone first. Methadone as a last resort. If you really want to stop at only a year in go to a detox center at least once or twice before going on methadone in my opinion.

If you relapse, just get back on, its part of recovery. is a good place to discuss this stuff. It's not a forum about getting clean so much, but there are particular forum areas dedicated to doing so. However, in some cases it may be best to avoid anything that reminds you of - Drug Addiction - using. Not many people understand addiction so it can be helpful to discuss it with those who do. If nothing else you can find out some information no getting started on your road to sobriety/maintenance in your area.

Good Luck

ALSO as someone has already pointed out, the person who said opiate withdrawal is all mental obviously has no clue about this subject.

Furthermore, someone mentioned you could have seizures from withdrawal. You can NOT have seizures from OPIATE W/D. They must be thinknig of Benzo W/D.

Opiate WD is NOT directly life-threatening although it sure feels like it. In the cases where someone dies from opiate WD is from INDIRECT causes, almost always dehydration. Being in a medical setting for detox is definitely ideal, but the vast majority of the time - Methadone Clinic - you'll survive outside. If it's a methadone detox (and possibly subs) you definitely should have someone attending to you. Since the WD lasts SO long things like dehydration become very serious. This is becoming a big problem in places like prison when people are forced to cold turkey and provided with zero medical attention. Many are dying in prison as a result.

Comment this entry

Attention: guestbook entries on this weblog have to be approved by the weblog\s owner.