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Discussion in 'Share Your Story Here' started by Trevor Godwin, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. Trevor Godwin

    Trevor Godwin Member

    Thanks for accepting me. Am addicted to taking tramadol literally everyday and I just tried stopping yesterday but instead I got really sick. I need help
    I am 19years old
  2. Dominica

    Dominica Recovery Advocate @ Moving Beyond Codependency Community Listener

    @Trevor Godwin

    Hello and welcome. Thank you for reaching out. I'm sorry that you've become addicted to Tramadol. I'm sure that you had no intention of getting addicted when you first started taking this. It's likely that you'll be going through some withdrawal as you try to stop. I'm not sure how much you're taking, and this isn't my specialty, but the reality is that you may need some help to get off of this drug. I just want you to know that in case you can't do this on your own, please please please reach out for help. I'm not sure what this would look like for you, but if you could get to an addiction specialist, I would go. If you need to talk to your parents about this....and ask them for their support and guidance, then please do so. I'd hate to see you 5 or 10 years down the road still addicted because you were afraid to reach out for help via professionals.... (of course, we are here.... but some need more than a forum to get free)

    There's others here that will pop in that perhaps have had an addiction to pain pills. They're likely to give you better advice than me. But just know that oftentimes it's necessary to get some face to face help when you have an addiction going on.

    There's also a support group for recovering addicts called Narcotics Anonymous. The meetings are free and you can get yourself a sponsor or mentor, which can be very helpful in dealing with addiction and life in general.

    Does this help?
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  3. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    Welcome to the community, @Trevor Godwin. And thanks for sharing with us. While I'm sorry to hear that you seem to have an addiction to Tramadol, I'm proud of you for coming here and seeking help. That's a huge step, and it shows me that you want to change your life for the better.

    I don't have any specific experience with Tramadol, but I know that stopping painkillers cold turkey is never a good idea. My best advice for you would be to find an addiction specialist in your area and make an appointment with them. An addiction specialist is a doctor who is thoroughly trained in all aspects of addiction, so they know way more about it than "regular" doctors. They can assess your specific situation and recommend the best next steps for you. They can also help you wean off of the Tramadol slowly, which will help minimize any withdrawal symptoms.

    If you're in the U.S., you can find an addiction specialist by using the "Find a Doctor" tool on the American Board of Addiction Medicine's website. Here's that link:

    This article may help you, too:

    Tramadol Withdrawal Timeline, Symptoms and Tips

    We're here to help and support you however we can, so please don't hesitate to reach out to us whenever you might feel the need. We will always listen without judgment, no matter what. I also think that talking to your parents about your problem would be a good idea. I know that might be a bit scary, but as a father with a son who started struggling with addiction as a teenager, I can tell you that I was very thankful that my son came to my wife and I when he knew he had a problem. Your parents can be very helpful and supportive when it comes to something like this. Trust me.

    I'm sending you lots of strength and hope.
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