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Codeine addiction

Discussion in 'Prescription Drugs' started by Jaywyte, Feb 6, 2019.

  1. Jaywyte

    Jaywyte Member

    Help! I've been addicted to codeine for 26 years. I feel like I've done myself real damage. I've tried to get help from my doctors but they have been useless. I've kept this completely hidden. I've tried so many times to kick it. I just don't know what to do or where to go.
  2. Dominica

    Dominica Author, Writer, Recovery Advocate Community Listener

    @Jaywyte hey there. thanks for reaching out.

    are you able to get to an addiction specialist? treatment center? local mental health clinic that can see you, and do an assessment?

    there's also Narcotics anonymous groups. They are free and have helped many. I know it's tough to admit, but you must if you want to get free. Addiction is a disease of the brain.... so treating it as such (with help from experts) may be necessary, or a mixture of things.

    Learn more about addiction.... work hard at this recovery one day at a time. It's not going to happen overnight. Change takes time, and I'm super glad you want to stop this!!!!!

    Come here often. We're here, and we are rooting for you.
  3. True concern

    True concern Community Champion

    I recommend going to N/A and ask the people there as they have all been addicted to something at some time. There will probably be someone there who has fought the exact same addiction and I would just talk to them and ask how they beat it or what to do first.The safest way I know which also causes the least discomfort is to slowly start taking less every week,it will take extreme commitment but if you slowly decrease the dose and constantly reach out for support you can overcome this addiction. I believe in you my friend and I have no doubt you can beat this.STAY STRONG AND GOD BLESS
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  4. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    Welcome to the forum, @Jaywyte. I'm sorry to hear about your codeine addiction, but I'm happy you found us and posted here.

    Codeine is an opiate, so getting off of it isn't easy. But with the right help, you can do it. @Dominica's suggestion to see an addiction specialist is a great one. Addiction specialists are thoroughly trained in all aspects of addiction, so they know way more about it than "regular" doctors do. They can assess your individual situation and recommend the best next steps. They can likely help you wean off of the codeine, or help you with medication assisted treatment. NA meetings would be great, too. Being amongst others who know your struggle first-hand can be so helpful and comforting.

    You are not alone, my friend. We are here to help, support, encourage, and listen. Yes, you've spent 26 years being dependent on codeine, but if you're ready to commit to quitting, and willing to do the hard work that will likely be required, you can do this. And your life will be better because of it.

    Please don't hesitate to come back here anytime. That's why we're here. Also, this article might help you:

    https://drugabuse.com/codeine/

    Sending you tons of hope.
  5. Liola

    Liola Senior Contributor

    Jaywyte
    Welcome. You have the best of the best giving you their suggestions here. These people helped me so much. Been exactly where you are.
    My suggestion is to find an NA meeting, raise your hand when they ask if anyone is here for their first time and say I need help stopping. You will get more support than you can imagine. Pick up a white tag at the end of the meeting when they hand them out. It is for your DESIRE to stop. That's all. A desire. With that you will be that much closer to being able to stop because let me tell you from experience that I couldn't stop on my own no matter what desire I had. But with NA I could and I did.
    Hopefully you are in a city and you can google NA meetings and go.
    We are like Deanokat says all here for you and glad you are here.
    Please check in with us.
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  6. True concern

    True concern Community Champion

    Hello my friend, I have missed you around here. Monday I will find out where I will be seeing an addiction specialist and counselor. I have not been posting to much lately because I feel like a hypocrite, even though my advice is to help as best I can I need to get my feet firmly under this to feel better about giving advice .I am putting serious effort into expanding my support network. I hope and pray you are well
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  7. Liola

    Liola Senior Contributor

    True,
    What is going on? I am not following you...I know I haven't been on in awhile but life kind of showed up and I've had an awful lot of adjusting to do with myself and coming back from the relapse and all and have a hard time juggling things I used to multitask at. Now it isn't as easy to do all the basics necessary to keep my recovery on track and working the steps, meetings and everything else. So, I've lost track of what you are going through.
    I know you were waiting for your own physical recovery with your knees, right? And giving up running.
    Without having to go back through all the posts can you update me? Are you struggling with being clean & sober?
    Also, please don't feel like a hypocrite. Your advise is your experience and you have a lot to offer anyone!!!
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  8. Dominica

    Dominica Author, Writer, Recovery Advocate Community Listener

    @Liola good to hear from you!! we've missed you. glad you are getting back on track.... i'm sure it's been challenging, but you're doing it! we love you!
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  9. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    You are NOT a hypocrite, Arthur. And I'm happy to hear that you're going to be seeing an addiction specialist and counselor. That's terrific news. I think it will help you, too. And it will be more experience that you can use to help others. Go forward, be brave, and keep the faith, my brother! Love ya!
  10. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    Glad you stopped in to post, @Liola. Praying for nothing but good things for you and yours. :)
  11. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    @Jaywyte... How are you doing? If you get a few spare minutes, please check in with us and let us know how things are going. Do any of the words we shared with you make sense? I hope so.
  12. True concern

    True concern Community Champion

    Ya I have been struggling for approximately 5-6 week's now,I don't feel like getting to specific but everything except a syringe in my arm...that i can't, that syringe thing warps your soul in a direction a person could never imagine unless they have been there.Today I'm really sick,suppose to see Dr tomorrow to find out about addiction specialist and whatever but some thing's I keep to myself.....Very few however I'm in day 2 of another cold turkey detox,the substances are irrelevant but more than one.I can't sleep,eat,stay off the toilet, but a cut off a few enablers told them I could no longer take them to pain management which I feel bad about but I just can't r as soon as the script is filled I can't not ask so Uber for them it is I guess.My knee is getting better slowly,in 2 more month's I truly think I will be running again as I test every 20 day's or so.I Will Overcome, I have Before, But this time I will have a much bigger support network. STAY STRONG AND GOD BLESS
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  13. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    You WILL overcome, Arthur. I know you will!

    I hope your appointment goes well today. And that you get a referral to a good addiction specialist.

    We're here for you, always. Never forget that.

    Let us know how your appointment goes. And to quote one of my favorite humans: STAY STRONG AND GOD BLESS!
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  14. Dominica

    Dominica Author, Writer, Recovery Advocate Community Listener

    @True concern ah, bless it... you are on this roller coaster ride, but i give you credit: YOU DO NOT GIVE UP!

    that's powerful and that is what will ultimately get you free.

    i pray your knee heals up nicely so you can get back out there!!!

    yes, cut those from your life that can't help you stay clean... set those boundaries!!

    let us know how it goes with the doctor!

    hugs!
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  15. Liola

    Liola Senior Contributor

    You know, I understand. I've been there. You are right that what the drugs are don't matter. But I don't feel you should be cold turkeying anything. There are so many detoxes. I know insurance may be an issue and your family maybe? But please do let me know if you saw an addictionologist or are going to and if they can help you be more comfortable coming off the drugs. One reason it is so hard to stop is the withdrawals. So if the withdrawals go easier (and believe me i know they still are really rough even with proper detox meds and guidance) then you have a better chance to get off them and stay off them.
    Please, let me know as you know i care and can completely relate. Just do not beat yourself up during this (or ever). If you are like me you might be swinging that bat and it does no good. Relapses happen. They can make you stronger if you choose to learn from them. Meanwhile be gentle with yourself and I am proud of you that you are open about it. That is the hardest part. Not keeping secrets. Very proud of you.
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  16. Dominica

    Dominica Author, Writer, Recovery Advocate Community Listener

    @Liola you are so sweet. great insight and encouragement... and just know we are proud of you too!! so good that you are back here with us :)
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  17. Liola

    Liola Senior Contributor

    XO
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  18. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    @Jaywyte... Please check in with us, my friend. We're here and we care. So please let us know how you're doing.
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    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

  20. Liola

    Liola Senior Contributor

    learned how to be better by you!
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