First of all, I didn’t know what I was getting into when I decided to kick methadone…cold turkey. You read that right. I did it without the use of drugs. I did however take supplements and vitamins, such as melatonin to help with sleep but, that didn’t really do much to be honest.
Ok, let’s start from the beginning. I had been shooting heroin and pills for about a year when a using buddy suggested we start going to a methadone clinic to kick our habit. I didn’t do any homework about methadone and methadone clinics before I agreed to go.
Fast forward 6 months…I have moved more than 1,100 miles away to “start over” because, despite being on methadone, I am a true-blue addict and so I’m now injecting cocaine and crack. Needless to say, things are getting out of hand and, still in denial about being an addict, I think that moving to another state where I don’t really know anyone will be the solution to my “drug problem.” I continue with methadone for another couple of months then decide that I don’t want to keep wasting my money on the stuff and that I’m tired of being a slave to it. It’s a Sunday night. Monday morning I go into work (I was a server in a trendy café at the time) and, by the afternoon, I’m starting to feel really bad. Chills, goose bumps, anxiety. I talk to my boss and am honest about what I’m going through. Surprisingly, he is very understanding and tells me to take as long as I need to get better. Little did I know that it would be the better part of 2 months before I begin to feel somewhat “normal” again.
Methadone: Kickin’ It
I had no idea the extent of discomfort, nay pain that I would be facing. The first (and only) night, I slept pretty hard. But then full-on insomnia plagued me for about the rest of the time it took for the junk to get out of my system. I endured all-over body aches, cramping, chills, sweats, anxiety, depression, and itchiness all over my body. Oh, and the “jimmies” how could I forget that? The extreme restlessness I felt in all parts of my body is what would keep me up at night and plague the long days I spent on the couch – catching up on seasons of shows like Dexter, Weeds, Heroes and countless movies. Apparently, this is where the term “kicking the habit” comes from – the overwhelming urge to kick, shake, and fling your arms and legs to get rid of that terrible feeling that I can best describe as inner-restlessness but, it’s kind of indescribable.
I didn’t mention yet that I was living with a guy at this time. He was someone I had dated on-and-off over the years and is a total sweetheart; a good guy. He took care of me during the hell-on-earth I endured, also known as methadone detox. He is also a big guy, like a body-builder type. I mention this because, at times, the pain and restlessness got so bad that I would beg him, in all seriousness, to punch me in the face to knock me out or choke me out cold for a couple of hours – anything to be asleep, unconscious really – and not have to feel what I was feeling at the time. Of course, he refused. But I meant it. I really did. I was so completely desperate.
Methadone Detox: The Aftermath
Once I began feeling better, I returned to work and thought I was over that phase of life – the one where I was using drugs recreationally (it’s OK, you can laugh – I am). I told myself that, after going through what I did, I would never use again. So, a couple months later I was eating painkillers and soon enough shooting heroin again. I didn’t know that there was a difference between abstaining and recovering from an addiction. And I didn’t figure out this distinction for another 4 years. At first, I was able to start and stop using drugs but, after a while, I was in the midst of full-blown addiction (again). And this time, things would get even worse before they got better. This time, I decided to get professional help and, in the process, learned about addiction. This time, I am clean and sober for the first time in a very, very long time and my life is better than it has ever been.
Lesson: drugs are bad and also, methadone is not a solution. It only makes matters worse.
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Honestly, I totally understand why people want to get on suboxone. The benefits to it are great, and it is especially beneficial if you can’t stop using opiates; but there are many things they don’t tell you about suboxone that should be known. So I made a list of all the things I could think of that the doctors and other people don’t tell you about suboxone.
5 Things No One Tells You about Suboxone: It is meant for short-term use
Usually when you go to the doctor to get prescribed suboxone, people don’t realize that suboxone is really only meant for short-term use to just help you go through the withdrawals. After the withdrawals are over you should stop taking the suboxone. You might think it is just an alternative to using drugs, but it is really only made to help you not feel so sick during your withdrawals!
5 Things No One Tells You about Suboxone: They aren’t trying to just get you off of opiates
It would seem that way, but a lot of doctors will continue to prescribe you suboxone well after the withdrawals from the other drugs have been over. Some will even continue to prescribe it for YEARS. Once again like I said above, it should only be taken for a small period of time. Continuing to be on suboxone is just substituting one drug for another.
5 Things No One Tells You about Suboxone: It is a drug!
Yes, it is a drug! Suboxone is a narcotic which makes it a drug. It is considered a schedule 3 controlled substance. Suboxone contains a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid medication, and an opioid is a narcotic. You may think it is some magic medicine just made to take away withdrawals, but it is a drug itself and a very addictive one at that.
5 Things No One Tells You about Suboxone: The withdrawals from it are horrible
The withdrawals from suboxone are also ten times worse than the withdrawals from the opiates or heroin you are using suboxone for. If you are on suboxone for an extended period of time, you can end up detoxing from it for anywhere for 10-14 days or more! I’ve personally seen people withdrawing from suboxone and I would take opiate withdrawals over those withdrawals any day of the week.
5 Things No One Tells You about Suboxone: Taking it doesn’t make you sober
This could really be just my opinion but it is one that I and a lot of people in the rooms of AA, NA and CA could probably agree upon. When you’re taking suboxone you are not considered sober to the people in 12-step meetings. Being sober consists of not taking any type of narcotic or using any drugs or alcohol in ANY FORM. I understand that being on suboxone is the closest to being sober that some people have been in a long time, but that doesn’t make you completely sober. Yes, it is great that you are not shooting up heroin anymore, but to be sober you have to get off the suboxone, too. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.
Realizing you have a drug or alcohol addiction can be a petrifying and difficult thing to accept. After you’ve admitted you have a problem, the next step is finding the best rehab for you and drug rehab in Dewey Beach, DE can be a great choice.
Drug Rehab in Dewey Beach, DE: First things first, Detox
Once you take away the drugs and the alcohol, the first thing that will happen is you will feel withdrawals. There are different type of withdrawal symptoms depending on what your substance of choice was, but it is important to get medical advice prior to just stopping because there are certain substances that withdrawals are life threatening. When you go into detox, they will first drug test you and see what substances are in your system. Then they will determine what type of medication and detox process you have to go through to make your withdrawals safe and tolerable. They will start you with the medication and then slowly wean you off; this process usually takes about 5-7 days or longer depending on the person and situation.
Drug Rehab in Dewey Beach, DE: After Detox- Treatment
After you have finished the detox process, the next step is to choose which drug rehab in Dewey Beach, DE is the right one for you. There are many different type of treatment center options such as: Holistic treatment, Dual-Diagnosis treatment, women’s only treatment, men’s only treatment and treatment centers that follow 12-step programs. Once you have picked the rehab that is best for you, you will go into rehab and they will evaluate you so they can come up with a treatment plan designed specifically for you. You will have a therapist and have one on one sessions, group sessions, do different activities and be taken to 12-step meetings outside of the treatment center. The goal of the treatment process is to teach you how to live your life and be sober at the same time. They teach you life skills and give you the tools you need to stay sober.
Drug Rehab in Dewey Beach, DE: After Care and Plans to Stay Sober
Now that you have completed the drug rehab in Dewey Beach, DE you will be advised on what to do for after care to continue in your sobriety. They will highly suggest you do the Intensive Outpatient Program, which is referred to as IOP. You will be going to group sessions a few days a week and still meeting with your primary therapist. They will also still drug test you to help keep you accountable. You should also go to a halfway house after treatment. A sober living environment after rehab can be very beneficial for many reasons. They make sure you get a job, are drug tested, go to meetings, have a sponsor and are doing your part around the house. It is more freedom than treatment but you still have someone holding you accountable for your actions.
Drug Rehab in Dewey Beach, DE: Meetings and Fellowship
Going to 12-step meetings and getting involved in the recovery community is the part of all of this that I stress the most. It is very vital to your sobriety to go to meetings, get a sponsor, work the steps and help others. These things help make sure you achieve long-term sobriety. It is also wonderful to have other people going through the recovery process to relate to! You can go to whatever fellowship works for you, just try to get as involved in your recovery as possible. If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse or drug addiction please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.
When used for medical purposes, Marijuana can be a great way to make certain illnesses easier to go through. Trial attorney John Morgan is the face of the United for Care Campaign and has expressed his desire in helping patients get the care they deserve. He has stated “Marijuana greatly enhanced my father’s life while battling cancer, and it’s time for Florida residents in similar situations to be afforded safe access to this medication. The South is literally stuck in the dark ages compared to the rest of country when it comes to advancing common sense marijuana policy, and considering that 80 percent of Americans are now in favor of its medicinal application, this is an ideal opportunity for Florida to be a leader in the region on this issue.”
There were also some polls taken by Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, and those outcomes were that Florida voters support 82 – 16 percent allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical use if it is prescribed by a doctor. Support is overwhelming among every group surveyed, ranging from 70 – 26 percent among Republicans to 90 – 10 percent among voters 18 to 29 years old. “If the folks who want to legalize medical marijuana in Florida can get their proposal on the ballot, they are overwhelmingly favored to prevail next November,” Brown said.
There are so many great benefits to the use of medical marijuana. There is evidence that shows that marijuana can help relieve certain types of pain, nausea and other symptoms caused by illnesses such as cancer, AIDS, multiples sclerosis and others. Marijuana can even be used to help with the harsh side effects for the drugs used to treat these illnesses. Marijuana is very safe and also a lot less toxic than many of the things that doctors prescribe people every day. In my opinion, I think it would be great for Florida to offer medical marijuana.
Just as I quoted above, Florida really is living in the dark ages compared to the rest of the United States when it comes to the medical marijuana policies. I’ve read many different opinions that we should legalize and regulate marijuana like alcohol. I think that it would be best to just have medical marijuana available to those people in need of it. It definitely is a step in the right direction for Florida to allow us to have medical marijuana.
What about people abusing the medical marijuana prescriptions? You have to be realistic that no matter what the prescription or drug is that there is always going to be people abusing it, it is pretty much impossible to avoid that. In regards to marijuana being a gateway drug, scientists have always had their doubts about this and think that people who are inclined to use drugs are more likely to use marijuana and other drugs; marijuana usually comes first because it is the most accessible. I think that the pros that medical marijuana would bring to Florida would far outweigh the cons. I think it would be quite brilliant if medical marijuana came to Florida! If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.
What is Drug Rehab?
Drug rehab in South Bethany DE is a process of medical and therapeutic treatment for dependency on substances such as alcohol, prescription drugs, and street drugs such as cocaine, heroin and amphetamines. The goal of drug rehab in South Bethany is to help you stop the substance abuse in order to avoid the psychological, legal, financial, social, and physical consequences that can result from your drug using behaviors.
Dual Diagnosis Drug Rehab in South Bethany
Dual diagnosis treatment includes therapy and medication for depression or other co-occurring disorders. Therapy involves one-on-one sessions as well as sharing your experience with other addicts and alcoholics in group meetings, called “groups” for short. Oftentimes, drug rehab in South Bethany also includes alternative and holistic methods such as meditation and spiritual wisdom in the treatment process.
Phases of Drug Rehab in South Bethany
There are several different phases of treatment involved in the drug rehab process that begin within a more structures and intensive environment for the safety and well-being of those seeking help. With each phase comes more freedom and less structure so that you can begin to integrate back into society once you complete your treatment program at a drug rehab in South Bethany DE.
Drug Rehab in South Bethany: Detox
The first step within drug rehab in South Bethany is detox where you will be evaluated. Upon beginning the drug detox, you will first be tested to see which specific substances are presently in your system. The clinicians at drug rehab in South Bethany also evaluate you for potential co-occurring disorders, such as mental or behavioral issues as well as other physical ailments.
The second step at the detox level of treatment in drug rehab in South Bethany is known as stabilization. During this stage, you will be guided through the process of detoxification by staff and most likely with the use of certain medications. This is done so as to lessen the withdrawal symptoms and increase both your comfort and safety so that your detox goes as smoothly as possible. Another part of stabilization is learning what to expect during treatment and the recovery process.
Drug Rehab in South Bethany: Inpatient Rehab
The rehab stage can last up to 30 days, sometimes longer, and offers safe haven while you heal and recover from your drug use. During rehab, you will have all your needs provided for including nice, comfortable housing and well-balanced meals while you are given key, life-saving information about substance abuse and addiction. You will attend both individual and group therapy sessions where you will begin to heal your mind while healing your body and you will learn tools and coping methods in order to live a healthy lifestyle once you leave the drug rehab in South Bethany.
Drug Rehab in South Bethany: Intensive Outpatient Treatment
Drug rehab in South Bethany can also refer to a stage known as an intensive outpatient program, called IOP for short. The IOP offers group therapy sessions and some individual sessions with a therapist during the day at a location separate from the inpatient housing. Some people live at home while they attend IOP but it is highly suggested to live in a halfway house or other sober living community while taking part in IOP in order to support you in your recovery and success at sobriety. If you or a loved one is seeking drug rehab in South Bethany DE please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.