Hey, im josh- recovering heroin addict(cocaine, xanax, valium, alcohol, all opiods, and probably other stuff I just don't remember. But these were the substances I have been treated for,being physically dependant on). I know that's a long intro to say hey, and tell my name. But I want to make sure everyone who reads this knows I have a lot of experience with detoxing/using. I'm 31 as of November last year. Started using when I was 15. I've been sober and clean for 1 year. That's half of my life. In another thread my good friend@True concern who has been here for me since day one, and has always given me solid advice made a very good point. At the time I believe I meant to comment on it but became distracted. He has a wealth of knowledge about detoxing as well. We both share in the opioid and benzodiazepines detox experience I am sad to say for both of our sakes. As these are two of the worst to detox from that I can think of, except possibly alcohol. I cannot think of anything worse to come off of. To get down to the point he made a dead serious comment about hallucinations and not fearing what you know is not real. This is very true. He also said to not approach anything that looks like it could be dangerous because it might not be a hallucination, and well in that case it would be bad to say...for example, tell yourself this. "Im going to face my fear and show myself that this is not a hot skillet in the middle of the grocery store." So you go and put your hand on a very hot skillet that they were just using to cook free food samples with. They had packed up, and they left the skillet for last by mistake or without thinking. Today I was tagged about subutex withdrawal, and it can be severe if not done properly and often leads to very vivid hallucinations. As real as shrooms or acid. I never heard back about that but this is a point I have been wanting to make for a while. I hope everyone who read that knew that @True concern was being dead serious about these hallucinations. If you are experiencing them DO NOT DRIVE. STAY WITH SOMEONE YOU TRUST! It sounds funny until you realize all to late that It WAS a bus coming down the road painted pink for breast cancer awareness. Not a figment of your imagination. This happened to my friend and I wanted to share it. He will not ever move anything below his neck again. He is 27. This is just another friend that might as well have lost his life to drug DETOX. At least to every one who doesn't know him. But to me he was (still is) a good friend, father of two one on the way, and a 24 year old wife who will never leave his side. He will not go rock climbing with us again, never make love to his wife again. Will never run with his children again. I just want everyone to know how serious detox is.