Welcome to MH. There are so many great folks here who can help and provide support. I want to say I'm sorry for all of your physical struggles..what a tough way to go. My drug of choice was vicodin and I came off of them cold turkey. If you want to go that route, please see the Thomas Recipe at the bottom of your screen for supplies to have on hand. I have never been thru an out/in-patient program so I have no reference point there. Many here have gone the methadone route and liken it to trading one addiction to another...ten-fold. Hopefully, somebody will jump on here with more information. Regarding what does an addict do when they have real pain? We try every other option first - otc pain meds, PT, acupuncture, etc. However, there are true situations where meds are necessary. In that instance, a trusted friend or loved one holds the meds and doles them out at the appropriate time based on the rx. I wish you the very best as you go down this path in your life. Post any time you need to...day or night...there is usually somebody around.
If I were you, I'd stay away from methadone. Your addiction can be handled a lot easy without resorting to a stronger drug.
I don't know how to treat pain, but I do know that pain pills make the pain feel worse over time.
You'll need to get off pills for awhile to calculate current pain levels.
Stress makes pain feel worse. So learning to cope with other discomfort in your life is critical. You need a period of self- evaluation.
Where do you stand? What do you expect fr your future ? How will you chose to live for the next 50-60 years.
I've read that a prescription drug for blood pressure called Clonidine can be very helpful during withdrawals.
Just get some inner courage. Thru support meetings, family, friends & nature. Pick up healthy habits. Cut out sugar in your diet. These are my ideas to help you. It's up to you what you'll do. Pamela
Thank you both for your advice, I made a call to Discovery House in Portland Maine after I posted this, they are a Methadone Clinic and they advised me to seek a Chronic Pain Center and felt that I was still in Pain and having pain issues chronic. I informed my Doctor of this as well as my Chronic Pain Issues and well to my surprise she is working with me finally. I believe I am going to get the help and relief I need and hope that someday I will not need Pain Meds until then I just want to be comfortable as for now that is the case. I guess sometime talking to someone or a few people total strangers helped me decide what to do and has helped me thank you all for your kind advice and I am moving on. Advice from me "ASK QUESTIONS" and you will get answers that will help you make a decision that is best for you everyone is different on what they can handle Pain sickness etc just ASK or talk with someone it helped me. Thanks again Jeremy In Maine.