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1401943 tn?1305279043

methadone for 5 years and want off

so i started the clinic almost 5 years ago when i ended up pregnant. Throughtout my pregnancy i had to keep increasing my dose so i wouldnt be in withdrawal. I ended up at 215mg. For a little over a year now i have dropped from 215mg to 52mg. I have weekly take homes and have not used another drug since i started the clinic 5 years ago. I want to get off. i already begin to get sick on 52mg at night but its not awful. I go to a counselor 2x a month and have asked her a million times on how i should do this. i am sick and tired of being on the clinic and have been ready to get off for over a year now. i have done so much hard work with myself mentally. i have mentally prepared myself for this but now i just need help on how to go about it. my counselor leaves it up to me on how much to decrease my dose by but to be honest i just dont know!! i cant be deathly sick because i have an almost 4 year old that i need to be able to take care of. i cant just lay on the couch and wait weeks cold turkey to get off methadone. i want to do this the right way but i also want to get off like yesterday! i need help! how much should i decrease my dose do you think? or someone mentions making the switch to suboxone and getting off of that but that to me is just adding one more drug to the problem and getting off of that. i need help! i want my life back! before drugs! i want my son to have a mom whos not on a methadone clinic. i know my life will never be easy and i will have to work at it everyday to stay clean. but i have a beautiful little boy, a loving fiance, and incredible family backing me up every step of the way. any feed back, suggestions, your stories on how you did it would be greatly appreciated! i do have counseling today.. so i am going to try and speak to her again and see what she says but im kind of sick and tired of it. she says your doing good, your life has changed why do you want to get off so bad. it seems like they are just trying every way possible for me not to get off. i think that is there main goal in life, to keep us on methadone forever!! PLEASE HELP!! thanks in advance and i am always up for talking about this and if you have any questions regarding methadone and methadone and pregnancy i will be happy to talk to anyone about that stuff as well! but please some feedback would be great!! =)
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I just read your story. I dint kno if u will see this, but reading your story is almost mirror image of my life right now! How r u today? I want off so bad.. 6 years, in my second pregnancy in the program. Went from 85mg to 25mg, got pregnsbt, got to 55..  Now at 60 at 18 weeks pregnant and feeling withdrawl! I'm so discouraged.  Thanks for posting. Feels good knowing others are out there like me!!
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Also have a wonderful support group, fiancé and beautiful son!:)
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