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Codiene based Cough Syrup Addiction

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I have been on Codiene based cough syrup for the past 4-5 years and take about two to two and half bottles of cough syrup laced with codiene a day.My intake usually starts after i finish work and consume till late in the night.It makes me stay awake at night for longer period and usually sleep about 3-4 hours and somehow make it to work in bad shape.I wish to get off this menace as its not only harming my body every other area of life such as relationship,health,finance et all.How do i get off...can someone with a similar abuse problem who has overcome the addiction,pls tell me..
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498385 tn?1362449404
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Great for the honesty!! I know when i cleaned up I had to become honest with mysef first!! THen I got the help from a 12 step program,and learned about the disease of addiction.I know that there was lots of side effects from my drug use(crack,crystal meth,pills,and anything someboyd would put in a pipe) My central nervous system was shot to s***!  i went to a place and they helped me re learn how to think,it seems easy when loaded but when i cleaned up holy smokes it was hard to face life on its own terms...I live in the solotion today,i work hard on my recovey and take it seriously.It is a true gift that I am sober and clean today .All the love that the 12 step program members show me and carried me when i could not do it myself was unbelievable and at times I had those stinking thinking thoughts like why do they care but they do .My wish for you that you give yourself a gift of recovey that you so truly deserve as each and everyone of use addicts deserve,we are not morally sick we have a disease of addiction.
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228936 tn?1249094248
most syrups that you can buy over the counter in some countries have about 240 mg. Codeine per 4 oz bottle and usually don't have tylenol, luckily. The main habit takes about 4-5 days to kick and mainly gives you GI upset and imsomnia and nerviousness, but not as bad as oxy or morphine and you shouldn't need to go on methadone or sub. all the best
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hey....its a dark place...this codeine based cough syrup I am also in the same boat as you.....i can empathize with every little thing you ve mentioned.....And what ***** is the most is the fact that that it has affected every dimension of my life......i hate the fact that i take it, i want to back in time to the place when i had nt even heard of it...i dont have a job and cause ive always been kinda like the smarter one among my family members  and dont exactly have any kind of factor or trait lacking they think im just blithely careless and in responsible which in turn is doing a lot of bad to my self confidence which i used to be brimming with...real thing is every since ive started taking it my routine has become really erratic and far from normalcy...and ive become complacent...its like the drive inside me has withdrawn to some little corner and needs to be shaken awake....i have been meditating of late and its kind of helping me.....its slow and gradual but it kind of deals with the root of the problem which is in your mind unlike medicine thats deals with your body...In a nutshell it integrates parts of our mind and makes it whole which builds self esteem and confidence to the extent that we choose to discontinue taking anything that could mar us......it seems really silly to take something thats doing only damage....increases your self respect...our mind is the master of our body not other way round...and we start understanding that....ive just started and at first i wanted to stop as there were no immediate results but i kept at it for some reason....im not even close to quitting totally...infact im sitting with a bottle while writting this right now....so i dont know how much all this may help you nor can i guarantee that it will help you...but its helping me....although im still having it the conscious effort i trying to make to cut down and then quit is working....its like things in my head are more sorted and theres clarity...i have cut down and if i feel the urge but its not possible to get it cause of a holiday or whatever, i dont get all antsy and agitated like i used to before....i can go a few days(2 maybe3)without it and it doesnt really bother me a lot....i have resorted to medicine before and it cured my body and i had quit for a while but im back on it.....this is suppose cure, actually uproot, the urge from the mind.....so thats that....i dont know how much my rather verbose comment will help you but i couldnt stop myself as i know what ure talking about...i used to think very lowly of myself as everone around me is leading such a good life without even trying it...like they are just going straight on the right track, how its suppose to be n was meant  to be, and ive run astray by choice....im still not close to happpy with myself but in a selfish way its consoling to know im not the only one and there are ppl i can say these things to without thinking of what they ll think of me or if they ll respect me less....this site has been a great find....anyways...thats about all i go to say...actually a lot more than all...hehe....all the best...(if there wasnt a brickwall obstructing us that we had to break down we wouldnt appreciate whats on the other side......or something like that...):-)
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how much mg of codiene in each bottle? how much do you take per day = just got off codiene and doing good.
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How could you be getting that much syrup?
The cost of your doctor visits for that must cost you a lot of money.
You need to speak to your Dr.  Take a friend with you if you need to.
Perhaps they have some ideas on how to get you off.
There are Dr.s in the yellow pages who can help you through your w/ds
Good luch
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hey where r u
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first thing one can do is start to gradually cut down your intake just take enough to have minimal discomfort no more highs if your serious you are in the right place and people here can help you with what to expect. gradually reduce for today and investigate other methods ie meds.  Being worried about it is the first step to recovery.  Good luck.
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this place has really helped me through this tough week. Keep posting it helps and good luck
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182493 tn?1348052915
I am not personally addicted to cough syrup but I have taken it and I could see how you could get addicted to it.. You have a couple options... Does your doc know?? Can you tell him?? Most docs are there to help.. Are you willing to go cold turkey?? Can you take a few days off work to detox??

Welcome to the site.. you are in the right place.. I have been taking vicodin for 2 years''
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You might experience w/d's the same as any opiate. I know there is a big difference between cough syrup with codiene vs hycodan. I would get off that because of the high acemetiphan in it. I hope maybe someone here has more knowledge than I do that can answer your question.
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