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Discussion in 'Share Your Story Here' started by A.rich, Aug 4, 2015.

  1. A.rich

    A.rich Member

    I started taking pain medication due to a bad tooth that had to be "fixed" 3 times before getting a root canal. My dentist assured me that everything would be fine soon and I just needed to take Norcos until the pain subsided. I did as I was told, not really concerned about addiction because I don't like how they make me feel. I now take them just to keep from being sick. I get ridiculously sick if I don't take hydrocodone every day. I don't even like them. I feel like I need detox but I don't want to ruin my life. I have a lot of people depending on me and I just don't know how I can do it.
  2. pineywood

    pineywood Community Champion

    Hi and a sincere welcome to you! I think you know the answer to your question already. You do need help and support. We can support you on this forum; however please understand that seeking professional help to will not ruin your life. It will help you to a better person for those that depend on you.

    I would like to add that I understand the pain that comes with bad teeth. It is not a joke. I am sorry this has led to your addiction, but with strength and determination you can make the choices to to seek help to stop your cycle of feeling sick.
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  3. A.rich

    A.rich Member

    I know what you are saying and I agree. I feel like there has to be a way. I actually think I would look forward to getting professional help...like a little vacation. Lol. There are just so many factors involved. I don't see how I can. I also don't see how I can't. Every time I try to do it on my own, I strengthen my resolve, decide no matter what I am going to do it, feel positive and ready...I last 3 days tops. It's awful. Sickest feeling ever. I'm still trying to figure out how I wound up in this predicament. Smh
  4. EditorsRHumansToo!

    EditorsRHumansToo! Community Champion

    Welcome and love to you, @A.rich Your dentist who prescribed the pain-killer drug must have known about the its dangerous effect. You are right, and I support you, about strengthening your resolve in getting help in putting a stop to the substance that has done havoc to your body.

    I read and heard that we can naturally detox with Vitamin C, Sodium Ascorbate with lots of water for cleansing. Vit. C can also do cellular repairs and fixing on what's been damaged. Isn't our body incredible? Dr. Suzanne Humphries on Vit.C has a lot of truth about Vit C cures.

    We look forward to seeing you here again. All the best to you, @A.rich!
  5. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    @A.rich... I would suggest that you seek out an addiction specialist. They could likely help you detox slowly, by giving you a plan that would wean you off of the meds. You are certainly not alone. Millions of people get addicted to RX drugs through no fault of their own. The body can become dependent on such drugs very easily.

    I hope you can get off of the pills soon. I'm sending positive vibes your way, friend.
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  6. A.rich

    A.rich Member

    That is DEFINITELY what I need. I wonder where I could find one? I live in a small town and I am very reluctant to tell anyone. I really really need a plan. I'm great at making plans and following them. It's how I live but so far I haven't been able to utilize that ability with this. The positivity in this group is making me feel so hopeful :)
  7. L_B

    L_B Community Champion

    I hope you can find the help that you need so you can be free of those pills soon. It is not uncommon for people to get addicted to prescription meds. It happens all the time and there are addiction specialists who could help wean you off the meds. The sooner you seek some help the better you will feel. Sending prayers and positive thoughts your way. Please keep us updated and thanks for sharing your story.
  8. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    @A.rich... If you're anywhere remotely close to a bigger town, I'm pretty sure you could find an addiction specialist. I'd Google "addiction specialist" or "addiction medicine" and see what you can find. Even if you have to drive a little ways to get to one, I think it would be plenty worth it. And kudos to you for wanting to change your life. I believe in you. You can do this. See if you can find a doctor to help, and know that we are here to support and help you in any way we can.
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  9. pineywood

    pineywood Community Champion

    @A.rich

    I have been following along on your thread and will continue to do so. And as you can see, so many are here for you to reach out and talk to any time you need us on this forum. I am glad you are hopeful. Hope is a empowering emotion! It is my hope that you connect with an addiction specialist, as suggested. Then soon you will not feel so sick.
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  10. A.rich

    A.rich Member

    Thank you so much and I am definitely going to do it. I am getting myself geared up like when you decide to go back to the gym after a 4 month hiatus. I know it's going to suck for a minute before it gets better but I just can't wait to be free from this. The only other addiction I have ever had is cigarettes. This is somewhat foreign to me and I'm angry. The cigarettes are my fault, with this their are others at fault also. I know, I know, I have to accept my responsibility and move forward but...I'm still going to get it done though
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  11. pineywood

    pineywood Community Champion

    Speaking of the gym, this is a such a beneficial avenue to participate in on your road to recovery. I know many people who have used this drive and focus to help them on the road to recovery. Good for both the body and mind in so many ways.

    By the way, it is important to accept responsibility instead of blaming others. At the same time, do not be too hard on yourself. We have to continue to love ourselves for who we are and grow from our mistakes and not fall into a cycle of guilt.
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  12. A.rich

    A.rich Member

    Just an update. I took EVERYone's advice and explored different avenues I may possibly take. Wound up calling a rehab facility and got information on their detox program. I decided to "get ready" by cutting back so my withdrawals wouldn't be so bad. I can't say the last 2 weeks have been the best of my life but I am happy to report that I am only taking 10mg of hydrocodone a day and I have not had to take phenergan or ibuprofen so far today...
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  13. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    @A.rich... Thanks for the update, my friend. Big kudos to you for cutting back on the pills. So, are you going to go to the detox program at some point?

    Thanks again for letting us know how things are going. Keeping good thoughts for you and sending you positive vibes. :)
  14. pineywood

    pineywood Community Champion

    Glad to hear from you, A.Rich! Sounds like you are on your way by putting a plan in place. Great job by cutting down! I know, it must not have been easy to make that phone call, but so happy to hear that you did it! Someday you will look back on this and know it was one of your best decisions. Please continue to keep the faith in yourself and let us know how you are doing!
  15. A.rich

    A.rich Member

    I'm thinking about going ahead and going to rehab. Not sure. I haven't taken any hydrocodone in 2 days and I feel positive that I won't again but trying to stop taking them and it being so hard terrifies me. I'm still pondering. I don't see how going to rehab could be anything but positive. Idk
  16. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    I think that's a great idea, @A.rich. You're right. It would be a positive. And kind of like an additional insurance policy. Congrats on the 2 days, by the way. That's a great start!
  17. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    Hey @A.rich, when you say that trying to stop taking the pills and finding it hard is terrifying you, remember that you HAVE stopped. You've gone two days already and feel positive that you won't take any more. So you CAN do it because you're doing it right now!

    However, simply stopping is only half the battle won. Rehab or some kind of outpatient therapy could be really useful in helping you develop new coping strategies and back-up plans for times when you do feel tempted.
  18. Jasmine2015

    Jasmine2015 Community Champion

    Although I have never had a root canal, I have had many cavities filled and I'm already scared of needles. The dentist hit a nerve and I jumped, that is scary stuff. Your dentist should have warned you of any effects of the pain killers. Seeing a professional would be a big help so you don't suffer anymore trying to detox on your own.