Opiate Withdrawal Comments

Please share your helpfull experiences, or whhat you are going through right now. Who knows, maybe you will be helping someone else overcome their Opiate Addiction!

6 comments:

Rick Hutch said...

I will start off by saying congratulations on making the decision to stop taking opiates. You are in for a long hard road but, it is also very rewarding. Start off each day by telling yourself that you are worth it! And remind yourself of what you have to gain from quitting

Anonymous said...

I wanted to say thanks for the usefull info. I have recently started on suboxen and have found it to be great. For the first time i think I can actually do it. I have absolutely no cravings.

Rick Hutch said...

I have heard some mixed reports on suboxen, but, if it is helping you then thats great. Everyone has to find a what works best for them. What might work for some dont work for others. I think the main thing is that the decision is a decision that one makes personally. You absolutely cannot quit thinking that your gonna do it for someone else.

Anonymous said...

I am 6 days into my cold turkey self detox program, and the last five have been, I dont know how to explain, but ill say hell on earth. I want to comment to a few people above but first... My credentials,definitely not a doctor but I have a lot of self absorbed knowledge about opiates and detox and most other drugs as well. I have ten years of experimentation with ope's roughly. Started out on hydrocodone ten yrs ago when I was 16 and, well, as of 6 days ago finished with a bang by shooting not one, but two 80 mg oxycontin followed by 4 8mg dilaudid as a normal dose to feel right. So Ive been through everything including H. which I personally thought was only a substitute for the goods. Now that I have six long days under my belt I am out of the darkness that withdrawal can leave stranded in. I noticed a couple posts up a guy was talking about suboxine, my advice to you is ween down as fast as you can, get on hydrocodone from a reg. doc and taper yourself to withdrawal. I have personally experienced suboxone wd and can tell you that 168 days of counting gnarly wd symptoms and I picked up the needle again. Its such a strong opiate, whether it gets you high or not bcuz of the ceiling effect, it still bonds to those receptors in your brain stronger than any other opiate.. which for some reason makes the withdrawal impossible, its a maintenence drug, Like methadone. Anyway I Hope you figure it out and get clean, best of luck and dont forget theres always gonna be people out there who are going through it too, So ur not alone. One more thing about the Rapid Detox program, Something like seven people have died from this and many reports show also that withdrawal symptoms still exist even beyond 48 hrs, So really why pay all that money to have to go through withdrawal and considerably risk your life. I thank you for listening to me, I will get through this alive and Never go back again.. 6 days goin on seven, im out.

Rick Hutch said...

August 13, 2002

by Robert Davis

Andy Sachs is not the stereotypical opiate junkie. He gets his drugs from a pharmacy, not a street dealer. He began taking his medicine for severe pain, not for the high. And the drug he's hooked on is more widely used than heroin. Six million people a year take OxyContin.

His way out of addiction may be unusual as well: He chose a controversial treatment designed to rid him of his drug dependence in two days.

Sachs, 26, a Las Vegas mortgage banker, is among the newest breed of opiate junkies — those created, fueled and (Sachs hopes) cured by modern medicine.

Until just a few months ago, he says, he had never before abused drugs. But Sachs, who played basketball, football and rugby in college, started taking OxyContin last winter after back surgery. The drug is a potent painkiller most often prescribed to people whose pain has failed to respond to medicines such as Vicodin and Percocet. But in recent years, it has made headlines for being "diverted" from legitimate needs to being abused.

There is no estimate of how many people end up abusing the drug, but the Drug Enforcement Agency has tracked increases in both OxyContin-related deaths and emergency-room visits.

Federal drug agents have tried to crack down on the illegal trade of the drug, and government health officials have increasingly urged doctors to warn patients about the risk of becoming addicted to it.

Sachs knows that risk firsthand. After six months on OxyContin, after several failed attempts to wean himself from the drug, he knew he needed help. He had seen a television report on patients at a controversial clinic in California. At the time, he says, "I thought I would never have it that bad."

But he was wrong. And so he picked up the phone and called the Waismann Institute, where the rich, the famous and the desperate go for what is known unofficially as "rapid detox" — a term the center rejects as overly simplistic.

People who are hooked on opiates can sleep through their withdrawal. Doctors use drugs to break the opiate's bond on the brain, and the patient wakes up with a dummy drug blocking the cravings. Patients are in and out of the hospital in two days.

Several variations of the treatment are offered at a handful of clinics that advertise on the Internet, and an unknown number of doctors nationwide perform the procedure secretly.

Rapid detox has many critics. The medical establishment is leery of a quick fix that costs as much as $10,000 [see disclaimer below], is not covered by insurance and has not been compared in peer-reviewed clinical trials with traditional treatments.

"There have been some studies that suggest that ultra-rapid detox may be OK," says H. Westley Clark, director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "But other studies have showed limited results."

Critics also point to six deaths at a New Jersey rapid-detox center where 2,350 patients had been treated over seven years.

Federal officials called those deaths unacceptable.

Money and risks aside, "it's one thing getting people drug-free," says Ron Jackson, a social worker at Evergreen Treatment Services, a Seattle methadone clinic. "It's another trying to keep them drug-free."

Source refrenced: USA Today

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