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Opiate recovering addict relapsed on bottle of wine, what do I do?

Relapse: Anyone wishes that they would not relapse. But it is a very common part of the problem. We cannot expect perfection of ourselves or others. This not the end of the world. This is the beauty of "a day at a time." get back to the system you were using. The bright side is you didn't take opiates. You will see I often say that it's not the drug it's why you use the drug. Deal with the triggers.

Dr. Richard Pollard
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I am a recovering opiate addict, im clean 2 years now but I went back on subutex recently due to a custody battle n I don't want to relapse. Is thisok?

I am a recovering opiate addict, im clean 2 years now but I went back on subutex recently due to a custody battle n I don't want to relapse. Is thisok?

Good for you!: It's a good thing to hear that you want to protect the hard work you did. Hopefully, this will not set you back. Re-connect with whatever helped you to get clean and strengthen your resolve. Move forward and remember that the hardest time is behind you. I wish you well. If you need more support - either find some near you or recontact our professionals here. Peace.

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Recovering drug addict used opiates mainly doc uses muscle relaxers for my pain maintaince not helping don't want to go back to oppiates options?

Gabapentin: Try Gabapentin (Neurontin). Gabapentin has been used successfully to speed withdrawal from multidrugs including opiates. Need to adjust the dose to your need and tolerance. I recommend 600-800 mg at bedtime (or whatever it takes to induce sleep--up to 2400 mg in some people) and lower doses several times during the day (whatever dose you can tolerate that doesn't cause drowsiness).

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I am a recovering opiate addict with 30 days clean and still cannot sleep without taking seraquel. I also take requip (ropinirole) for rls. How lonh will this last?

I am a recovering opiate addict with 30 days clean and still cannot sleep without taking seraquel. I also take requip (ropinirole) for rls. How lonh will this last?

Congratulations!!!: You are doing great! Unfortunately, when the person stops taking the drugs, the body needs time to recover. This recovery is a long, unpleasant and difficult road. Morphine withdrawal can be dangerous, and without proper supervision, monitoring, and support can lead to systemic problems (e.g. stroke). It may take months for the patient to feel better and without symptoms. Good luck!

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How come people who are addicted to opiates crave chocolate so much?

Addictive: Personality is what makes you crave these things, not the opiates themselves.

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Can chocolate help with withdraw from opiates?

Can chocolate help with withdraw from opiates?

Chocolate: Chocolate is a comfort food. It releases as such the endorphins which are the inside made natural body opioids. It helps. For the violent withdrawal syndrome I doubt it.

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How can a long term opiate addict kick the habit?

How can a long term opiate addict kick the habit?

See a Specialist: You need to see a pain specialist or a drug detox program. Both should be able to get you off the opiates. The fellowship trained pain specialist will have options for you to use or try interventions that may help relieve your pain while coming off opiates.

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What do you give an opiate addict for severe pain?

What do you give an opiate addict for severe pain?

Opioid Addiction: It depends what kind of pain is being treated and at what level it is being addressed. Body develops tolerance to opoiods so the requirements gradually increase. Usually the dose needs to be ibcreased. Dilaudid ior Oxycontin are strong and last resorts.

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How can a heavy opiate addict of 9 years quit cold turkey?

How can a heavy opiate addict of 9 years quit cold turkey?

YOU CAN;'T: You need to be weaned from your opiate slowly. If you quit cold turkey you can go through opiate withdrawl which can be quite unpleasant. Sometimes some medications can be used to help with opiate cravings. In any case, your body needs to slowly get used to not having the opiate in your system, the same way it would if you were trying to no longer use nicotine or caffeine.

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Is toridol an opiate and addictive. Can an addict use this drug?

Is toridol an opiate and addictive. Can an addict use this drug?

Toradol?: Toradol (ketorolac) belongs to a group of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Advil and Aleve are in that group. Ketorolac works by reducing inflammation and pain in the body. It is used short-term to treat moderate to severe pain. An addict should already have a doctor monitoring all her medications and prescriptions, and can check for any reasons to avoid Toradol.

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Which type of opiate addict (wether severe or mild) should probably not use suboxone?

Addict: All opioid addicts can be placed on suboxone. The issue is concurrent use of other illicit substances like cocaine, etc....

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Addict for a year, what should I expect with the intensity and duration of opiate withdrawals?

Addict for a year, what should I expect with the intensity and duration of opiate withdrawals?

About a week: Withdrawal from narcotics is not life threatening. Symptoms are similar to a severe case of the flu and resolve in about a week. Your dependence on narcotics will then be over; however, addiction is a psychological disorder and is much more complex. I would recommend you seek assistance from a psychiatrist or addictionologist for continued treatment. Stay determined. I wish you the best of luck.

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I have been an opiate addict for more than 15 years. I takenaltrexone, Suboxone and attend aa. I fail at everythingi do. Am I done?

Your mind & body: In addiction, your mind tells you stories that are simply not true. ("i fail at everything I do, " etc.) you are alive and breathing, so there is more right with you than otherwise. Addiction to opiates can also bring physical withdrawal when you stop. No one needs to do this alone. Aa & na will continue to work with you as long as you work with them. Lapses are usual, and do not mean failure.

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Is dolobid safe for a recovering opiate dependency?

Is dolobid safe for a recovering opiate dependency?

Yes: Dolobid is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (nsaid), so is not related to opioids. It sounds like "dilaudid" which is an opioid. Do be carefulas every drug has side effects and may not be right for everyone. Caution with nsaids if you have stomach issues or kidney problems for example.

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If I'm a known drug addict, will I be prescribed opiates?

Unlikely: Prescribing opiates, which are potentially addictive, may harm a person who is known to already be addicted to drugs by reinforcing addictive behavior.

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A jerk. I'm not some hardcore drug addict, I just enjoy opiates sometimes. Is that an issue?

A jerk. I'm not some hardcore drug addict, I just enjoy opiates sometimes. Is that an issue?

Yes, can be: If you're using opiates for any other purpose than what they're medically intended for, yes this can be "an issue." opiates are controlled substances because they can be habit forming and dangerous if misused. Also, the self-absorption one can develop with addiction can indeed make one behave like "a jerk" to others in life.

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I've been an opiate addict for six years. Quitting cold turkey scares me, but I don't want to be stuck on Suboxone forever. What's the best choice?

Suboxone: This is the proverbial rock and a hard place. Not a lot of options. If you can stick with it. If you have the time and the money and support that's the best. There is a cocktail of no opiate medicines that will help you through much of this including Clonidine and sedatives. Otherwise suboxone is an excellent choice and it helps stabilize you and keep you from using again.

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Under MD's care, tried Subox after 20 yrs on opiates. Insur won't cover, down $2K aft 4 RXs. Bupe not reducing pain, now branded an addict. Options?

Under MD's care, tried Subox after 20 yrs on opiates. Insur won't cover, down $2K aft 4 RXs. Bupe not reducing pain, now branded an addict. Options?

Pain management: Meet with a pain management specialist to plan a program to wean off pain medications using non drug techniques. No one should have to live opiate dependent.

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For what length of time does it take to recover from opiate addiction?

For what length of time does it take to recover from opiate addiction?

Lifetime: If the addiction was acquired during a painful illness, recovery can be very fast aided by humane protocols such as used by the military in burn units. If it was a recreational use or from ill-advised prescribing, the person will never be fully normal or able to approach opiates again without having terrible things happen in the mind.