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Hey all, just new here. I thought it would help those who are looking at kicking methadone to read that I was on a methadone programme for over a year. In the last six months I tapered down to 1 ml (5mg) of methadone and then stopped. I experienced medium withdrawals for two weeks, my main problems were with the restless, aching legs and the sleeplessness, and the lethargy. I figured two weeks would be the worst of it but I was wrong. I soon found that the worst time (for me) was in the 4 to 6 week period. I did not get any gastrointestinal symptoms and with the help of controlled valium use (I gave all my medicines to my support person who in that case was my mum) and interestingly I got a lot of relief from a synthetic painkiller called Tramal. The doctors claim that this medication is not addictive and I did not find them to be wrong. In all I would say it took about five months to be completely rid of any side effects, before I was sleeping well and had no physical memory of the drug. I was clean for about six years. I really felt that the fear I had about what withdrawing from methadone was not as bad as the reality, but it was certainly memorable enough to not touch any substances for a very long time. My advice to anyone worrying about an impending withdrawal.... YOU CAN DO IT!!! YOU REALLY CAN! It's not going to be as bad as you think, but I do recommend tapering to the lowest possible dose... DONT LOOK BACK! Move ahead and start living! Best of luck and my thoughts are with all of you facing methadone withdrawal.
I am crying! Thank you for your stories and how brave you all are! I have been free from MMt for over 2 yrs now, before that long time heroin and pill abuser. I too believe G-d or some higher power helped me, my detox was pure hell would never do it again. Will post my story sometime, when you need about two days to read it!! Much love and blessings to you all!
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This thread is for sharing experiences about successfully stopping Methadone use.
There are many myths and "urban legends" regarding Methadone such as "Endorphin deficiency", "permanent brain damage", etc. This thread will de-bunk these myths.
Dear freakedout this is my first time here, so some of the info I print may already be up, but I don't think it can be seen enough. I am now 4 months and 10 days clean, and it only gets better. Did I have pain? Yes, but nothing compared to the pain of methadone and the withdrawal from it. I have my well being back, I have my soul back, I have my emotions back, now let's de-bunk those myths the Dr's and clinics spoon fed us to keep us prisoners for life. this is from Dr. David Arenson "as your body heals and the receptors are synthesized in the body your own enkephlins and endorphins (natural body opiates) will start to be interactive in pain management??¦this may not be enough??¦yet many cases of chronic pain will subside if serotonin levels in the brain can be increased??”the reason for doing amino acid therapy is to increase these levels. Anti-depressants don??™t increase the production of anything over the long term??¦in fact it is well known that in the long term they decrease levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin. Amino acids therapies work well on most cases of fibromyalgia even though many of these patients will fall victim to the use of methadone which just creates more problems. The good news is that if a fibromyalgia patient will start the following protocols to get off methadone??¦these are the same basic protocols for treating Fibromyalgia??¦" If not already up I hope it helps. Your Friend in recovery, Max
Two and a half years clean!! Cold turkey off of 180+ mgs for over two years. This site was pivotal in pulling it off. May God comfort you guys in this time. I feel for every one who has "rented" some huge balls and took that leap. A life on methadone is not a life in forward motion. Good luck to all!
Well, I hung out here over a year ago, and the strength this site gave me has gotten me through a lot of sh*#. I miss everyone, and had my whole life collapse, due to life, not drugs, and I haven't been an angel, however, all I learned here has led me back to a place where I could start over, and pick up the pieces. I came to this site on 120mgs. of methadone, and had some real crappy stuff happen, but I relapsed, picked up the peices, and now I'm on 4mgs., and as of yesterday, I am 2 days without any Methadone, and I couldn't have gotten to this point without Arlene, Peacnik, Eyesbrown, Toryak, Dee, etc. There are so many names I can't remember, but you have been with me throughout this last 2 yrs. of horror, THANK YOU! Don't ever think you don't make a difference, sometimes you won't see the results until the other person is ready to use what you taught them. Love you all!
Hey, that's right, the hyphen. I am so pleased to finally be back on-line, not only because of this site, but the music, music, music! You and I did have similar tastes in music, as I recall now.
I finally feel I have a solid hold on this detoxing, and my life is getting more solid, slowly, but headed down the right road. I have had a lot of problems with profuse sweating, and my blood pressure has been a major issue since dropping below 20mgs. I'm now on 4mgs., and I will go to 3mgs., and take that for one week, maybe. However, I went 2 days without taking my dose, and now I know that I can do this. I go to the clinic tomorrow morning, and I'm hoping to make that my last visit. I feel that if I make it past 3 days without the Methadone, I will call it over for good. Wish me luck. I'll be posting regularly now, and I know it won't be easy, but it has gotten to the point that the Methadone makes me feel so lousy now, and I just want it out of my system, and I would love to start a new chapter in my life.:D
This is great. SUCCESS yeah. When i read stories of 10, 20 and further years of success it gives me such hope. i have been groppled by the fear of i cant come of my meds, my brain will never be the same. this shows how it's so not true. when you read and here things for so long you can trick yourself into actually dealing with it. i have such excitement and hope on trying to come off my meds and living a sober life. all of your stories give me strength hope courage and a feeling of OMG I'm dealing with two years on meds, not 25 i know i can do this. really the strength courage and hope just from reading this page is amazing. true raw human emotion is great. you never feel it when your medicated whether your DOC or your Maintanance. i can't wait to completely clear the fog and feel true emotion that you guys speak so fondly of. thanks again. G=D Bless you guys in life and for sharing you inspiration.
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