Vicodin/ hydrocodone Addiction

Discussion in 'Pain Relief - Chronic Pain - Pain Meds' started by PALM_TREE, Nov 16, 2019.

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How much hydrocodone do you take per day?

  1. Less than 2 pills

    1 vote(s)
    11.1%
  2. 2-4 pills

    2 vote(s)
    22.2%
  3. 4-8 pills

    4 vote(s)
    44.4%
  4. 8-12 pills

    2 vote(s)
    22.2%
  1. PALM_TREE

    PALM_TREE New Member

    I have recently developed a severe hydrocodone addiction. I got this, because i love the way hydrocodone make me feel, and that's it. I do know that i have severe pain and anxiety without the it. (even before i took 1 pill). My most recent stint started around 5 months ago, and I have not stopped or tried to slow down until this week. Currently, I am taking 6-7 10mg pills per day, and i know that i need to get down to 2-4 pills /day This past week i was able to go through 1 day wedensday) of taking 3 pills, and the day was a bit hard to get through. I had severe anxiety and cold sweats. Another day (friday) i took 2 pills which was slightly better, but not by much. Yesterday i took 5 pills and had a awesome day, so i guess this is my addiction level. I guess 50-70 mg per day is where i am at. Is that bad? I currently have approximately 90 pills, and tapering seems difficult. Also, I no longer have the means to get this drug in the quantities I need. No matter what, i will be getting off them and will experience withdrawals. Nobody knows of my addiction, and i am NOT prepared or able to tell anyone at this point. I play it safe. Part of me feels as if the anxiety/fear over quitting is worse than the quitting. (until the withdrawrals start). When they start, i am in pure hell, and cannot do anything. Fortunately, I am engaged and have no kids, and my fiance does not know about. She remains my inspiration and my main reason why i need to get down to at least 2-3 pills/day. I do not fear she will leave me, but i am not prepared to tell her of my problem just yet. Down the croossroad after i get thru this, i will tell her. I know i will be in withdrawal mode for at least a week or 2. I am scared as hell. I have ordered vanilla valiums and xanax online to get me through this. They will be arriving hopefully in 10 days. I am scared, but i have no choice but to go ahead. Aside from the obvious (immodium, water, hot/cold baths...), would anyone here be able to offer any other suggestions? I know this is the first step to a long recovery, but any help would be appreciated. Thank you for reading.
     
  2. willyCk

    willyCk New Member

    I say definitely slow down on the Hydro the best you can. Seriously, you are killing it with 7pills a day! If you don't have stomach pain yet, and keep up 7 tabs a day that's enough to take it to the next level. Even if getting down to 2-3 pills makes you feel bad for a week or 2, keep the pace up and move forward with it. It'll be better than cold turkey method. I wish you the best of luck and Keep your head up, and in touch.

    WillyCk
     
  3. PALM_TREE

    PALM_TREE New Member

    thanks for your help Willy,But fortunately, i'm young and healthy for now. I have been on hydro's for a decade, so i do not believe i am far past the 5,000 mg per day toxic level on tylenol. regardless, i know I have to get down to around 2-5 pills /day to be my best.
     
  4. cheesedout

    cheesedout New Member

    Palm_tree, I sent you a pm- You can do it. It takes guts to recognize you have a problem and fix it. Remember, it's only short-term discomfort and then you will be free of pain. Just think. The money you will be saving, you can upgrade your car to a brand new Benz:) and you will be healthy and feel better! It's all in your head. Best of luck mate.
     
  5. ejohn

    ejohn New Member

    Well if you are taking 7 pills/ day, then your well under the 4 grams limit! But yeah, keep your health and don't bring on any problems you don't need like a liver or kidney transplant.
     
  6. david

    david New Member

    try adding DHC while cutting down on hydrocodone at the same time. or do some research into Tramadol which will help with w/ds and less addicting, and look into dihydrocodeine (DHC) as well, it does work fairly well, the fact is that you will be uncomfortable for a few days (I speak of the physical effects only, the mental part, as you've noted, that's the real challenge), anyway, you can tell your wife that you have the flu while you are sick. The valiums might help with the anxiety issues /sleep issues somewhat but again, diazepam can be addicting so keep doses below 50 mg /day. If all else fails, and you have some money to dish out, do a search on hydromorphone.
     
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2019 at 10:50 PM

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