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Discussion in 'General Substance Abuse Discussion' started by Tedsch, Sep 14, 2016.

  1. Tedsch

    Tedsch Member

    I am desperate for any help from anyone with experience. I am on a really small dose of methadone daily. But I take large amounts of codeine also. My doc told me to cut down the codeine myself which I tried over ten days. At the end I got very bad depression and self harmed and was very suicidal. Do I've had to up my codeine dose again or I will end up dead. I rang a hospital to ask if I could be admitted -I had been there before for alcohol abuse -but they refused to admit me cos I left before the programme ended

    Now I'm on my own, suicidal, taking methadone and codeine to try and stay alive and hold down a job. I feel really let down and I know I brought thus on myself.

    Can anyone give me any advice? I've no idea what to do or where to go anymore.

    Thanks '!
  2. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    @Tedsch... I'm sorry that you're struggling like you are. The best advice I can give you is to get a doctor's help with your codeine issue. An addiction specialist should be able to assess your situation and help you devise a taper plan, or recommend the best next steps for you. Also, if you are feeling suicidal you should by all means go to a hospital emergency room. I guarantee they won't turn you away if you tell them you're feeling like hurting yourself.

    I wish I had a tried and true solution for you, but I don't. Perhaps someone else who has gone through what you're going through will weigh in with more specific advice. But my suggestion is to call a doctor or go to the hospital immediately.

    Sending you positive vibes and good thoughts.
  3. Tedsch

    Tedsch Member

    Thanks for your help and advice. Yes I will go to hospital if things get worse.
    The main problem is I have a doctor. He has prescribed the methadone. But it's a tiny dose. He won't increase it or give me anything to take the edge off - probably right on case I get a new addiction.
    I don't know. I feel but I'm no doctor, if I got a substantial amount of methadone I wouldn't need to buy and take illegal amounts of codeine. Maybe after a few months I would settle and then begin to talk and cut down. But he's refusing to increase it.

    I don't know what I can do. I'd be better off not attending a doc at all.
  4. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    @Tedsch... Maybe you need a different doctor. Is the doctor you have now an addiction specialist? If not, you may want to seek one out.
  5. Tedsch

    Tedsch Member

    To be honest I don't really see any options left to me now. Doctors won't help I don't know why, hospital won't help again don't know why. I'm an intelligent guy with a good job and relatively good standard of living and in the clinic they seem to help if your a complete mess of a heroin addict and homeless. I really don't see the point anymore. I cant continue like this.
  6. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

  7. Tedsch

    Tedsch Member


    Thanks for your help.
    I have contacted some treatment centres just for info.
    I'd love to know about people here who have successfully undergone treatment for addiction to any drug. The websites all seem to suggest most addicts fear the withdrawal period. For me it's the aftermath. I fear what do I do in work if I'm stressed or have financial or family difficulties? Usually I reach for drugs to cope and have done for years.
    Obviously "normal " people can cope. I just can't see how. My worry is that I'll be taken off all medications and won't survive after. I suppose I'm looking to see if anyone felt the same and overcame it? Or have some people overcame dangerous addiction and are now on supervised safer meds like I anti depressants etc? Im hesitatant to say benzos cos I believe that's purely another addiction.

  8. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    @Tedsch... Definitely stay away from benzos if you can. They are nasty drugs and getting off of them can be a nightmare. I know, because I've been there.