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Any tips for someone trying to quit a 60 Mg a day Oxycodone habit?

I've tried to quit a couple of times , I just cant get past 32 hours of cold turkey ,  my average intake is about 60 Mgs of Oxycodone a day, sometimes more ( the weekends ) ...I have been popping Vicodin and Oxycodone  (sometimes snorting) daily since 2009 , I have a steady supply of dealers who never seem to run out , but I am getting tired of having this ball and chain hold me down , most of the time, I use opiates Just to fight off withdrawals and feel normal , I want so bad to quit , but the mental torture at night, knowing I will have to hustle more pills just to feel ok in the morning, is getting old .....I'm usually broke 3 or 4 days before my payday, and I make good money , my wife is wondering why I am broke all the time? ...I have been hiding my addiction from her for years , I just cant do this anymore ...but the withdrawals are difficult and changed the way I live , I rarely go out with my teenage kids anymore, I wont go out to eat with them, or take them to a movie, because I have my money committed to scoring more pills and it's bumming me out that I am such a shabby father ......I have six 30 Mg oxy's left , and I am readying myself for the withdrawals after I am done with these , probably in a couple days I will be toughing it out ...but is there anybody out there that averages the same intake as me? ...and what are some things you do to fight off withdrawals and stay strong?  ....I am aware of Kratom and Loperamide , and people have pointed me in that direction as things to use to fight off the WD's   ....any tips??  ...I seriously want and need to kick these damn pills  
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Hi and welcome to the forum.  The best and most important tip you will get on here regarding getting and staying clean will be to get to NA or AA meetings as soon and as often as you can.  

As far as tips on how to get through the wds you'll get some good ones as well.  Loperamide is used to combat diarrhea which most people get for the first few days of wds.  It definitely helps in that area.  Although I have never taken Kratom what I've read about it doesn't look good.  The one thing that you need to really try to keep in mind is that the fear of the wds is almost always a lot worse than the actuality.  Yes they do suck, it's very hard to sleep and you won't feel like doing a thing.  But that's it.  You feel like crap and you're depressed and then it gets better.  The reality is that anyone would gladly trade a week or two of feeling like crap to be off the pills, especially someone with a wife and kids.  Don't let your mind trick you into thinking that it's too hard.  Cause it ain't.  
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thanks Danny , I appreciate the support very much , hopefully these next few days get easier to deal with , day 2 of cold turkey , achy and sore, runny nose , but I'm gonna fight this until it passes ...thanks again
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Hi...and welcome to the forum....well I looked at your profile and noticed I was your age when I got clean  im 53 now and life is so so worth what you have to go threw to do this  first off try to get a few things to prepare a big bag of epsom salts a case of gatoraid your going to need to force the fluids walgreens carys some stuff call highlands restful legs it combats rls and some funny movies to watch  most people dont sleep other then that a positive attitude will make the difference from being uncomfortable and suffering....suffering is a choice this is 1/3 phyical and 2/3 mental so be ready to fight it out on both fronts  as for the symptoms they very from person to person but a hot soak with epsom salts helps most of them ...... I have said this a million times but you just got to be ok without being ok for a wile this to shale pass  wile your preparing google N/A meeting in your area stopping the pills does not = recovery the addict in your head will be alive and well long after the pills stop the meeting are only a hour long and the people will understand what your going threw...also it is time to man up and tell your wife what is going on  our secrets keep us sick other then that keep posting here for support we do home detoxes all the time around here we can walk you threw the whole process
.......................................Gnarly.................................
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thank you so much , very appreciative you took the time to help me out , I'm on day 2 of cold turkey, I called in sick today, so I will head into town to get the Epsom salts, I been hearing a lot that it provides some comfort , so hopefully by tomorrow I'll feel a little better...thanks again friend
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Hi and welcome! I'm two plus yrs off 60-80mg daily oxy habit.  The best tip I can give you is to make absolutely sure you can't get any drugs even if you want to. You have to cut yourself off from the dealers and friends you know have pills. Erase their numbers and block them. Cancel any scripts you may have.  You can't relapse if you have no access.
Concerning withdrawal, you can Google the Thomas Recipe, which is basically what gnarly was sayng.  One or two immodium is all you will need once the runs hit. You can't really use it for w/d because it only works on the gut and not the brain.  Good luck from fellow "older person" lol. You can do it!
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: )   ...thank you so much
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You have to do it. You have no choice. You're main goals in life is to provide for ur family and love ur wife and be truely happy and follow ur dreams. Ur not ever gona do those things rite being on oxy or getting into the clinic. The good thing that's in ur favor is ur intake is not that much even tho it's been 8 years and in a week you should be fine. You have to go thru this withdrawal with high spirits and happiness knowing that ur gona change things with everyone and everything in ur life. During wd Take every moment in. Take the pain. Let it hurt. Let this wd break ur *** down so u can say I don't ever wanna go thru that again. And Know that getting off methadone and subs is gona be a bigger ***** if u ever get to that point. I jumped subs 8 days ago and along with the wd  I havnt slept in 7 days. This stemmed from a 5 year oxy run that never exceeded 120mg a day. Then 7 years on methadone And 2 years on suboxone. Methadone and Suboxone was a worse trap for me to get into. It took me 9 years to get out that place. Nobody helped me to ween off or try to get out. The plan was 1 year! And I jumped on my own without them bcuz They wouldn't let me taper. Crazy ****. If u stay on ur oxys ur gona get into the same trap I did and if u have the balls  and the rite motivation u can do it. You have the motivation. Its u And ur family living happily. My motivation is the same.  I'm not trying to say methadone and subs is bad. It gets people stable in their life and it did that for me But it suppressed all my feeling for my life And my 3 daughters and my wife and faded me out so much I didn't care to jump ship and it should not have takin 9 years which can happen to anyone. **** there are lifers in there. Also understand this...ur sex drive will be shut the **** down. I'm so lucky I still have my wife. For 9 years I feel I have ignored them and suppressed real feelings for them. U stay on oxys  ur gona lose them eventually. If u goto methadone or suboxone you are gona suppress all your true feelings for ur family and ur life and ur dreams and could possibly get stuck there much longer than u want.  You'll regret it. This is ur chance rite now before u start taking more or before you get sucked into the clinic to be shipped thru life like Adam Sandler was in the movie Click.
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thanks a lot nate
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I went through the withdrawal of of twelve Norco tens a day . It sucked but it took me fourteen years. Most of the horrible symptoms were gone in four days. Now I just deal with cravings.which they suck to. But if I can do it you can. I'm a wimp. I just got tired of the game and the money spent. I must of spent a half million dollars on pills. At the end I didn't care what I took. You can do this keep me in mind it can be done.
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thanks rileygirl , this site has really helped me find motivation to get off these damn pills , you guys are such a great help
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Hi Neel. You got excellent advice. Did you cut ALL your dealers yet? Did you block ph #s? If you need to, get a new #. You need to do everything. If you have pill access, it won't work.

The MOST important thing you need to do is get into aftercare asap. Go to meetings now. As we always say, anyone can get clean but it's STAYING clean that's the work. Once we put the drugs down, we're still drugs addicts and anxious and obsessive but w/o the drugs. Pills are a symptom of our inability to deal w/ life. There is no way I'd be clean w/o my program. As I like to say, people who are working a program don't post on here saying they relapsed.

Stay close to the site:)
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thanks :)  ....I'm 4 days clean today , I still haven't erased my dealers #'s , but I will do that today , I still feel sluggish and I hope the worst is behind me , but as of right now I'm fighting off cravings big time , but I'm going to stay away from it,  I want to wake up tomorrow feeling even better :)
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i was kind of forced to cold turkey off of 120mgs of methadone, a 5 year MMT, and it was hell but having no other option made me get into the right mind set to do so and it helped a lot. mind set is a big part of it but i do know a few things that aid in relieving symptoms. Clonidine is a blood pressure medication thats very commonly used for opiate withdrawal and it definitely helped me but you have to see a physician for a prescription. a family doctor can also provide other prescriptions like colonazapam for sleep, rls, and anxiety but its rare because of it being a benzodiazapine and the risk of relapse and OD associated with benzos and opiate. plus its addictive in itself. theres a few others like trazadone and toradol but i have nevr had them during WDs so i cant attest to their beneficial properties but i have seen promising reviews on them in the past. OTC supplements like vitamin B complex for energy, a multi-Vitamin, and protien/nutrition shakes really help also. Kratom and Loperamide are both addictive so use them with caution and sparingly if possible. i did use loperamide for 7 days during my acute phase but not like some of these forums say to use them lol. i took them mainly as instructed for the stomach issues related to withdrawal and they did help but listening to some of these posts about loperamide and the doses taken could be very dangerous and reckless with differing results. ive done alot of research on loperamide and just like putting the warning out there. The biggest thing is time, i know its a downer to hear but its the truth. you just gotta take it on minute, hour, day, week at a time and eventually you lose count because you get through it. :) its tough but it can be done just set your mind to the task at hand and give yourself no other option and you will overcome. :) good luck. ill keep an eye on your post if you have any questions.
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thanks Trey ...and actually I am looking into getting some clonazepam today , I need a good nights sleep , I cant be watching Turner Classic Movies all night like I have been the past few nights ...lol
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How are you today . Day nine for me . Feeling better except for some leg pain. My appetite is coming back. Have cravings .Looking into na meetings waiting for some energy.I hope your starting to get to the other side. It's way worth it.
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I'm feeling so so today, 4 days off the pills today , fighting off cravings big time , and to make things worse, my co-worker has a big bottle of vicodin in his office and asked me if I "needed a few" this morning ....so I'll avoid him the rest of the day ...the first 2 days were brutal ..but I think I am seeing a light at the end of the tunnel :)
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Stay away from the vicodon. Four days is great. You should start to feel better each day it comes in waves. Day ten for me I just need some energy. Been taking vitamins seem to help . Mentally I'm still craving to. But it's less each day.
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Hi.....congrats on 4 days your off to a great start......as bad as the symptoms are the first few days you will find this is the ez part of getting clean......long after the pills stop the addict is alive and well inside your head.....aftercare is a critical part of the process.....I have found the N/A progam to work the best  it is free the meetings are only a hour long and it will help you repair the train wreck your life has become....it will also help you learn the skills to do life on lifes teems without the use of drugs....with time and working the steps you will loose the very desire to use something I thought was impossible...time to google a N/A meeting in your area and start going.....  as always keep posting here for support
............................................Gnarly...........................
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There are so many proper medical facilities that will help you detox more comfortably and safely..why not go there and really do it this time? I know some people have done it, but I cannot imagine going all the way to clean on my own. That's hell on earth for me. Can you get to a rehab/detox facility? In my opinion, that's your best shot at success. Best of luck to you. Get your life back, it's worth it. You can do this, but don't muscle it out alone. Blessings to you and yours
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