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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:07 pm 
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Hey!

I really appreciate the supportive environment of this website. I also like the fact this website is about recovery and how drugs intertwine. Really great stuff that takes my mind of this withdrawal.

Briefly-used massive amounts of (stupid high tolerance)opiates for 2 years, got on subutex last january at a whopping 24mgs (wish my doc was better informed about high dosages). Brought it down to 12mg in August with a new doc. Had a relapse in January, got back on subutex and tapered down to 6-8mg, and with the support of an AA sponsor, I decided to take the big plunge due to money issues and frankly, I am ready to go into recovery now with support. I start intensive outpatient Monday.

So here I am, day 14. Still feeling pretty crappy-icy legs, unusable muscles. Random adrenaline rushes and anxiety attacks BUT there are also great things happening. I feel more alert to others around me, I'm finding the company of my family makes me feel wonderful and distracts me from this bastard of a WD. I have been going to meetings 3-4 times a week for six weeks now and my sponsor is great. I am truly excited about the prospect of being drug free, and getting back to a more relaxed version of me. Distraction is often helpful. Sleep makes me feel the best though.

And I can't sleep. I take 0.2mg of clonidine at bed time. I wake up drenched in sweat exactly two hours later. Pretty gnarly nightmares, a lot of the times I wake up in a sheer panic. Night time through morning is pretty damn hard. Sometimes I add benadryl or phenergan after I wake up but I'm wondering if thats been making the mornings more rough. They add maybe an hour of sleep if I take them with or around the same time as the clonidine. I wake up with nausea and a physical feeling I guess like withdrawal. It's always worse on the days I get virtually no sleep.
I switched from immodium to pepto because I was afraid of tolerance. Sometimes I think i slept better on Immodium.

So...if I can improve my sleep I can make this difficult transition easier in my life. What medications that are non addictive are out there that you are using? I read a post where someone referenced an anti-seizure med (not depakoate) that induced sleep for people detoxing from sub.

I will stay sober with education and support. I am happy to be getting off Sub. But this shit is HARD. Somedays are better than others. It's up to me, ultimately the quality of my day, I guess.


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I'm sure everyone will ask- I jumped off at 8mg instead of doing a reasonable taper because the facility I am going to doesn't take patients on benzo's, opiates, partial opiates, etc. They are cool with psyche meds, etc. I need to go back to work as soon as possible, just one of those things.


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I don't know about it being used for sleep during withdrawals, but I take Trazadone (AKA Desyrel). It's an atypical antidepressant that's commonly used for sleep. I've been pleased with it's performance.

Good luck and let us know how you're doing.

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