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 Post subject: Yay! I did it!!
PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:19 pm 
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I have been Sub and opiate free for about 25 days now and I have no symptoms, not even sneezing anymore. My sleep is still messed up but I am working on that. A lot of exercise is helping. I am weaning off my .2mg of clonidine use and am at .1mg a day. Think I will start every other day now. Just don't want to go the other way and get hypertensive. I feel more like myself than I have in years. I have no cravings and the last thing I think about doing is popping pills. I also have not gone down the road of substituting wine or beer at night. I hit happy hour once a week just to get back out into the world and meet people, but I do not see a problem with that. The more I work out, the better I feel and the less I want to pollute my body. Funny how that works. Hope everyone is great!!


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Working out always curtailed my usage, it is how I was able to put together a few stretches of pretty curtailed use (a beer here and there and maybe some weed) which would last a few months. I now look back at these times as practice... because it involved me tapering off of opiates and then finding healthy ways to work out the energy. Problem was I could never stick to it, I tried. I have learned my lesson now though.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:54 pm 
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NMP,

That is some of the best news I could read today. So many come here struggling with addiction and you post how well you are. Some really good stuff there my man.

Keep us updated on your progress.

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Thanks guys. I appreciate the kind words. I just don't let things get to me anymore that used to make me take more than "normal" amounts of pills for my pain. I am also doing the things I used to do in physical therapy to strengthen my shoulders and I find the pain is a lot less than it used to be. Aleve and some ice and I am good to go if I happen to work out too hard.

I really have confidence that I will never have this problem again. The tapering off Sub was too crappy to ever do twice!


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Two thunbs up NoMorePills, Glad to hear you are doing well & not falling into the trap happy hours every day. Especially being in Sin City.. You are the bomb!


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So glad to hear this! I have been following your posts since we started our journeys about the same time. Me on suboxone and you coming off. I'm glad to see you doing well!


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25 days opiate free.....HELL YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!

You and sweet16 quit right around the same time and you're both doing so good......DOUBLE HELL YEAH!!!!! :D

I agree 100% with the statement of not wanting to feel polluted anymore. Since I started working out, I slipped once and I honestly couldn't stand that polluted feeling. It interrupted my workout routine for a few days and made me so :evil: .

Keep on kicking ass man!

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Yeha, Sweet has been a huge help for me. I am almost at a month and am doing great. Sleep is still sometimes a bit elusive, but I am getting at least some every night and it gets better every week. I am so thankful to this forum for all the great advice and support.

Qhorse - You are doing great as well. Just know that whatever path you want to take you have the power to do it.

I am looking forward to a relaxing, and HOT weekend.. almost triple digits already. Yikes! Pool time methinks!!


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NoMorePills wrote:
I am looking forward to a relaxing, and HOT weekend.. almost triple digits already. Yikes! Pool time methinks!!


Man, I do not know how you do it. Maybe I am just too much of a Northern Midwest boy. I love Vegas and am known to place a bet or two on hockey or baseball but I just cannot take that heat for more then 4 days at the most.

Congrats btw! You and everyone else have helped me on my taper and jump off.


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I am glad I have been able to help in any small way. As for the heat, I thought it was unbearable my first summer, but now it really doesn't bother me. I r4emember being at the pool at the M last year when it was 115*. Most of the day was spent in the water, but it was fun. Yesterday almost got to 100* and again, cold pools and lots of sunblock. I have very pale Irish skin so i am very very careful. It really helps being pool season because when I am outside my house and out with friends the last thing I think about are pills. I am too busy having fun! I am 30 days today. Feels good. Sleep is still sometimes hard but getting better. It wil all come back to normal soon I think.


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HAHAHA!!! Thank you Tearj3rker!!!! IT really feels great. I feel so much younger not being on those pills. Well any of the pills actually. I have been so hard at work at the gym and am losing weight and getting my old form back. I feel awesome!! I really want to start getting off the benadryl or xanax at night. Only .5mg still and it makes me sleep through the night, but I really don't want a xanax problem next. I don't take them on the weekend because if I am up during th enight I don't care, but with work I can't afford to be a zombie. I think it is getting better though. Xanaz was only giving me 4 hours, now it is a solid 8, so I think my body is not thrashing about at night like it was. Baby steps and I will get to the finish line and be totally back to normal... Better than normal!!!


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So I just got back from a conference in Denver. It was a great conference. The main thing was that as I packed my suitcase I didn't stress over how many pills I had left and if I would need to refill on the road. So liberating. I also had so much more energy. Everyone goes out to shmooze at night and I rarely would, but I made all three nights this time and it was noticed by more than a few people. It was such a great feeling to be at dinner and not high or thinking about if I would need pills before I got back to the hotel.
My back hurt a lot during the show (walking around in dress shoes for 5-6 hours a day was not fun) but I managed with some Aleve. Sleep was still tough but starnge hotel and bed would make it tough regardless. Hope everyone had a great weekend.


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I remember my first vacation after getting off of Suboxone too, it was really nice to not have to stress over my meds. I found myself being a lot more active than I used to be too. We swam in the ocean several times a day, swam in the pool several times a day, went out shopping (yuck!), went go-kart racing, stayed out late. One of the best vacations we've been on!

I'm glad things are working out so nicely for you, you've worked hard for it.

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Yeah it has been a long time coming. I am making new friends though I just had one (I found out he is on 15 30mg Roxies a day) just texted to hang out. Then he asked if I would go to his doctor and get a script for me for 120 roxies a month because he keeps running out. I said not a chance, not just because I am trying to get health insurance in a couple months (need to have not filled a script in 6 months for my Norco) but I really don't want to facilitate someone else's addiction, nor do I want to chance getting in trouble with the po po. My life is finally starting to head in the right direction and big things are within my grasp, I am not about to fu*k it up by doctor shopping for some guy I just met.


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