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  • Sherryl Sagendorf
    P. S. I m doing better than I ever have on Suboxone under the care of a psychiatrist who is not recomending that I take mushrooms to cure my addiction. 
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      P. S. I'm doing better than I ever have on Suboxone under the care of a psychiatrist who is not recomending that I take mushrooms to "cure" my addiction.  Thanks for listening.  Keep coming back, clearly you need it.  This group is for support not an arrogant condescending putdown.  Clearly you are a bitter old addict who wasted their life hurting others and continue to do so.  Thanks for listening.

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      From: Dann White <dwtoo@...>
      Subject: RE: [METHADONIA ] The Best Way To Begin The W/Drawal Process
      To: DOLOPHINEA_CAFE@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Friday, January 8, 2010, 8:17 AM


       



      Your letter is one of the best yet for proving that methadone can't work if
      you won't give it a chance. I am sure no one advised you to enroll in
      treatment you couldn't afford, yet you claim you did just that, and if that
      wasn't bad enough you followed that with a master stroke of leaving
      treatment without detox.
      To set the record straight for others reading this - let me point out that
      methadone's half-life is just under three days, not three weeks as you say
      you were told; the real mystery to me is how will you pay for Suboxone which
      usually costs about 2-3 times as much as methadone?
      Find your way to a reputable Opiate Treatment Program when you are ready to
      make a commitment to recovery. It is not required that you know how to
      recover up front, but it will be necessary to listen to those who do know
      and make an effort to follow the simple instructions you will be given.
      Keeping these instructions will not require cocaine or even benzos, but it
      will require that you try a new response when you need to "feel better".
      Despite your self sacrificed experience, I suspect that there are more
      patients at that clinic you mentioned that are doing well, or at least doing
      better than they were before they entered treatment. Their commitment to
      treatment included enough willingness to try it with the medication used in
      the treatment; not adding their personal preferences to the mix.
      In a way, recovery is easy, all that you have to do is GET OUT OF THE WAY
      AND LET IT WORK FOR YOU. I hope you do, the only thing worse than dying from
      your addiction is surviving and living in that hell, indefinitely.

      Dann

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      From: DOLOPHINEA_CAFE@ yahoogroups. com
      [mailto:DOLOPHINEA_CAFE@ yahoogroups. com] On Behalf Of Sherryl Sagendorf
      Sent: Wednesday, January 06, 2010 3:03 PM
      To: DOLOPHINEA_CAFE@ yahoogroups. com
      Subject: RE: [METHADONIA ] The Best Way To Begin The W/Drawal Process

      I'm hoping that someone else to learn from my excruciating experience: I was
      on a walloping huge dose of methadone for 5 years (200mg).  I'm 5/8" and
      aprox. 140lbs, 43 years old.  I decided to jump-off methadone and took one
      week to get down to 90 mgs when I stopped paying the clinic (100 dollars a
      week!).  I was also using cocaine every week because I was unemployed and
      depressed and 'just wanted to feel better'.  That turned into me needing the
      coke versus just wanting it so I could just function everyday.  The end
      result is that I went thru a very harsh detox.  I voluntarily discharged
      myself from the clinic (New Port Richey, FL PAR SUCKS; do not go there
      unlless you absolutely have no other options!).
      I ended up being admitted to the hospital for several days and tried to
      escape at night, but the RN caught me and told me that I was now Baker-Acted
      and the police would find me and bring me back and they would place me on
      the psychoward.  This turned out to be a lie, but it scared me enough that I
      got back in my hospital bed.  It was sheer misery.  I ended up going to the
      hospital twice for severe stomache cramping due to withdrawal syndrome from
      the methadone. 
      The other patient in the room with me was recieving demeral shots in the
      butt which made things even worse for me because I was being given any
      relief and she was. I hated her and all of the staff.  To make matters
      worse, only one of my three doctors showed up to assess me, so I had to stay
      longer so I would be 'safe'.  If I had escaped I would likely have frozen
      walking home in my hospital gown because the temperature was freezing by
      Florida standards.
         Methadone is the absolute worst drug you can use.  The half-life last for
      3 or more weeks, so a doctor cannot give you anything until its completely
      out of your system. 
         Now, I've been on Suboxone for several days and was discharged from the
      hospital only because they did not carry the drug in their pharmacy.  My
      only lucky break so far.
         But today, my first day back home, I had my first severly intense
      craving: I found an extra car key that my femal partner had forgotten to
      hide from me and my debit card and went to my drug dealers house to score. 
      This is a man called "BAM" who I earlier this month turned into the police
      via hotline tip.  He didn't answer the door although I was banging for a
      long time.  If he had he probably would have given me a hot shot and/or
      beaten the crap out of me.
         I had intended to buy three bags. 
         I told on myself when I got home. Now my partner and my mother took all
      my money away and hid all of the car keys. I'm very fortunate that I have
      people that still care for me after I've basically sold them out.
         I'm lucky that I didn't get into a car accident and I'm so grateful that
      I'm home now.     But I still want to use; its like an aching inside.
      Sometimes its so intense that I have to go out and look for drugs to make it
      stop. My insincere hope is to stay clean only because I do not want to go
      back to that f@#*king hospital again.  Otherwise, I want to be high more
      than anything in the world.
         Please help me.

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    • Sherryl Sagendorf
      Thank you so much for you supportive letter.  I recieved an unsolicited letter from a Dan that was upsetting because it was so condescending and
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        Thank you so much for you supportive letter.  I recieved an unsolicited letter from a "Dan" that was upsetting because it was so condescending and insensitive.  Its nice to know that there are decent men in recovery who can be supportive without feeling their masculinity is threatened.  His letter definitly made me recall the militant cliques that sometimes occur in the rooms of NA.  People that are so down on themselves and bitter that they try to make everyone around them miserable, too.  That part of NA I do not miss.  I don't want to engage with sick people who 13th step and put others down to make themselves feel better.  They are like dry drunks.
         
        Anyway,  I MADE IT!!!  And, by the way, my counselor was transferred to another clinic for mishandling my case.  Before he left, I talked to him and he told me that my experience of sticking up for my rights at the clinic is going to change policy and the clinic will be a better place because of it.  I understand that I was using and completely out of control, methadone was my safety net/comfort zone and it failed for me because I felt completely conflicted about being on it.  I was literally sleeping my life away. 
         
        Today is my first week on Suboxone and for the first time I feel TERRIFFIC!!!  I've done more chores today than I have in three weeks.  I'm relearning how to be responsible/functional again without dosing and walking around in a partial coma.  I lost my methadone fat, got my hair cut and I look and feel just wonderful.  Its like I'm a newborn and I have my whole life ahead of me. 
         
        I know that I have created alot of chaos in my life but I now feel confident that I can make improvements and meet my goals.  One day at a time.  I believe!
         
        Glad to be Alive,
         
         
        Sherryl S.

        --- On Thu, 1/7/10, claude <hopjr@...> wrote:


        From: claude <hopjr@...>
        Subject: Re: [METHADONIA ] The Best Way To Begin The W/Drawal Process
        To: DOLOPHINEA_CAFE@yahoogroups.com
        Date: Thursday, January 7, 2010, 1:13 AM


         



        Sheryl the half life for methadone is 24 hrs not 3 weeks the problem you incurred was that you went down too fast and then jumped off of 90mgs that is enough to put you into a bad w/d and being on a bad clinic is the biggest problem. methadone works when you are at a place that knows what they are doing and cares for the patients. The proper dose is not determined by weight or size as everyone's system is different, I don't know if you needed 200mg by reading your story but some do need that much and more there are others who may only need 80mg so when one's dose is being adjusted you don't want to go up too fast as it takes your body 5 days to adjust to a dose change and when you taper off in order for a pain free taper it should be no more than 2mg every 2-3 weeks. Methadone is a time commitment and for the medication and counseling and therapy to work one should expect to be on for at least 3 years and most may need to be on for life due to the damage
        we do when we abuse opiates it rewires our brain chemistry. If you were on 200mg and you find suboxone to work for you then your body probably didn't need 200mg as the highest dose you can go up to on suboxone is 32mg and that is equivalent to about 60-80mg of methadone. and
        if you are getting severe cravings on suboxone you may need an increase but suboxone doesn't stop the cravings as well as methadone. I wish you the best in your recovery.
        Claude
        ----- Original Message -----
        From: Sherryl Sagendorf
        To: DOLOPHINEA_CAFE@ yahoogroups. com
        Sent: Wednesday, January 06, 2010 3:03 PM
        Subject: RE: [METHADONIA ] The Best Way To Begin The W/Drawal Process

        I'm hoping that someone else to learn from my excruciating experience: I was on a walloping huge dose of methadone for 5 years (200mg). I'm 5/8" and aprox. 140lbs, 43 years old. I decided to jump-off methadone and took one week to get down to 90 mgs when I stopped paying the clinic (100 dollars a week!). I was also using cocaine every week because I was unemployed and depressed and 'just wanted to feel better'. That turned into me needing the coke versus just wanting it so I could just function everyday. The end result is that I went thru a very harsh detox. I voluntarily discharged myself from the clinic (New Port Richey, FL PAR SUCKS; do not go there unlless you absolutely have no other options!).
        I ended up being admitted to the hospital for several days and tried to escape at night, but the RN caught me and told me that I was now Baker-Acted and the police would find me and bring me back and they would place me on the psychoward. This turned out to be a lie, but it scared me enough that I got back in my hospital bed. It was sheer misery. I ended up going to the hospital twice for severe stomache cramping due to withdrawal syndrome from the methadone.
        The other patient in the room with me was recieving demeral shots in the butt which made things even worse for me because I was being given any relief and she was. I hated her and all of the staff. To make matters worse, only one of my three doctors showed up to assess me, so I had to stay longer so I would be 'safe'. If I had escaped I would likely have frozen walking home in my hospital gown because the temperature was freezing by Florida standards.
        Methadone is the absolute worst drug you can use. The half-life last for 3 or more weeks, so a doctor cannot give you anything until its completely out of your system.
        Now, I've been on Suboxone for several days and was discharged from the hospital only because they did not carry the drug in their pharmacy. My only lucky break so far.
        But today, my first day back home, I had my first severly intense craving: I found an extra car key that my femal partner had forgotten to hide from me and my debit card and went to my drug dealers house to score. This is a man called "BAM" who I earlier this month turned into the police via hotline tip. He didn't answer the door although I was banging for a long time. If he had he probably would have given me a hot shot and/or beaten the crap out of me.
        I had intended to buy three bags.
        I told on myself when I got home. Now my partner and my mother took all my money away and hid all of the car keys. I'm very fortunate that I have people that still care for me after I've basically sold them out.
        I'm lucky that I didn't get into a car accident and I'm so grateful that I'm home now. But I still want to use; its like an aching inside. Sometimes its so intense that I have to go out and look for drugs to make it stop. My insincere hope is to stay clean only because I do not want to go back to that f@#*king hospital again. Otherwise, I want to be high more than anything in the world.
        Please help me.

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      • claude
        Thank you Vito for sharing your story............ Claude ... From: Vito Georgievski To: dolophinea methadonia
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          Thank you Vito for sharing your story............
          Claude
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          From: "Vito Georgievski" <vitodov@...>
          To: "dolophinea methadonia" <dolophinea_cafe@yahoogroups.com>
          Sent: Wednesday, January 06, 2010 9:23 AM
          Subject: RE: [METHADONIA ] The Best Way To Begin The W/Drawal Process





          Hi Clude,Ange,Rokki and all,mega


          I want to say something what can help or at least to share my experience
          with the methadone.I live in Macedonia(South Eastern Europe),country where
          doctors,so-called experts made stupid rule that daily dosage of methadone
          can't be above 120mg/per day.They have made a rule which is not evidence
          based but even so they refuse to give more than 120mg/per day.
          I am fighting for the individual dosage for more than 5 years.They decide to
          give me 150 mg/per day only for me(out of 500 clients who are on MMT) but
          the price what i have had to pay was transferring me from methadone clinic
          to psychiatric hospital.
          What I want to say:maybe you have lot of things to improve but at least you
          are not facing with stupid rules,you have TH doses and human approach with
          the staff in clinics.
          So as somebody else say methadone is a long term process but divided in
          phases.Each phase need some time which is btw again very individual .
          If I was you i will not rush with tapering down.One year is very short time
          for methadone.Now days here in my country doctors again are giving interwies
          where they are introducing bubrenofine/suboxone like a magic drug which will
          solve the parents problems(what a stupidity like parents will be on this
          medication) without saying what are the bad sides of this drug.
          I really want to say that i don't have anything negative to say about this
          drug because I have made my choice which is methadone,so everyone have to
          have right to chose but all therapeutic approaches like slow release
          morphine for example.

          Just want to share my expirience with the methadone from other perspective
          and I'll be very happy if I can help very little.I am on methadone for more
          then 12 years,working,married and very happy.

          I am wishing you all happy new year,

          Best wishes,

          Vito

          PS Rokki my dear where are you and what is going on


          To: DOLOPHINEA_CAFE@...
          From: hopjr@...
          Date: Sun, 3 Jan 2010 01:55:28 -0500
          Subject: Re: [METHADONIA ] The Best Way To Begin The W/Drawal Process




























          The rule of thumb as far as switching from methadone to suboxone is if
          one needs more than 60mg of methadone to be fully stable then usually
          suboxone won't suffice. 170 is a long way from 30mg as that is the max dose
          you should be on the lower the better for the switch. I know most want to
          switch because of the freedom involved but suboxone does not work for
          everyone just as methadone isn't for everyone. Wish you the best but plan it
          out and research it completely.

          Claude

          ----- Original Message -----

          From: Angela

          To: DOLOPHINEA_CAFE@yahoogroups.com

          Sent: Saturday, January 02, 2010 1:33 AM

          Subject: [METHADONIA ] The Best Way To Begin The W/Drawal Process



          I am on 170 mgs/day, everyday going on a full year now!!!!I just want 2
          start lowering my dose, SLOWLY, so that I can b able 2 successfully switch
          over to Suboxone. I am also still waiting 4 Suboxone 2 go generic. I would
          love 2 hear anyones advice/opinions about all of this. - Thank U Soooo Much,
          Ange Q.



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        • Dann White
          I am not quite sure how I came up with the statement that methadone has a half-life of just under three days , I know better and must have made a mistake when
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            I am not quite sure how I came up with the statement that methadone has a
            half-life of "just under three days", I know better and must have made a
            mistake when editing my comments. As I recall the Merck Manual states a
            half-life of 24-38 hours for methadone, other sources are in the same
            general vicinity. The rest of what I said was exactly as I meant it.
            It is sad that in many cases MMT is not available to everyone who needs it;
            sometimes it is only available to those that can afford it. If these clinics
            are going to admit patients who are unlikely to be able to sustain the cost
            of treatment, they need to be required to give humane detox regimens to the
            patients they admit.
            Here in North Carolina you can be discharged on the first day that you
            cannot pay with NO graduated withdrawal.
            What a world, huh?

            Dann
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            From: DOLOPHINEA_CAFE@yahoogroups.com
            [mailto:DOLOPHINEA_CAFE@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Dann White
            Sent: Friday, January 08, 2010 8:17 AM
            To: DOLOPHINEA_CAFE@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: RE: [METHADONIA ] The Best Way To Begin The W/Drawal Process

            Your letter is one of the best yet for proving that methadone can't work if
            you won't give it a chance. I am sure no one advised you to enroll in
            treatment you couldn't afford, yet you claim you did just that, and if that
            wasn't bad enough you followed that with a master stroke of leaving
            treatment without detox.
            To set the record straight for others reading this - let me point out that
            methadone's half-life is just under three days, not three weeks as you say
            you were told; the real mystery to me is how will you pay for Suboxone which
            usually costs about 2-3 times as much as methadone?
            Find your way to a reputable Opiate Treatment Program when you are ready to
            make a commitment to recovery. It is not required that you know how to
            recover up front, but it will be necessary to listen to those who do know
            and make an effort to follow the simple instructions you will be given.
            Keeping these instructions will not require cocaine or even benzos, but it
            will require that you try a new response when you need to "feel better".
            Despite your self sacrificed experience, I suspect that there are more
            patients at that clinic you mentioned that are doing well, or at least doing
            better than they were before they entered treatment. Their commitment to
            treatment included enough willingness to try it with the medication used in
            the treatment; not adding their personal preferences to the mix.
            In a way, recovery is easy, all that you have to do is GET OUT OF THE WAY
            AND LET IT WORK FOR YOU. I hope you do, the only thing worse than dying from
            your addiction is surviving and living in that hell, indefinitely.

            Dann

            -----Original Message-----
            From: DOLOPHINEA_CAFE@yahoogroups.com
            [mailto:DOLOPHINEA_CAFE@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Sherryl Sagendorf
            Sent: Wednesday, January 06, 2010 3:03 PM
            To: DOLOPHINEA_CAFE@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: RE: [METHADONIA ] The Best Way To Begin The W/Drawal Process

            I'm hoping that someone else to learn from my excruciating experience: I was
            on a walloping huge dose of methadone for 5 years (200mg).  I'm 5/8" and
            aprox. 140lbs, 43 years old.  I decided to jump-off methadone and took one
            week to get down to 90 mgs when I stopped paying the clinic (100 dollars a
            week!).  I was also using cocaine every week because I was unemployed and
            depressed and 'just wanted to feel better'.  That turned into me needing the
            coke versus just wanting it so I could just function everyday.  The end
            result is that I went thru a very harsh detox.  I voluntarily discharged
            myself from the clinic (New Port Richey, FL PAR SUCKS; do not go there
            unlless you absolutely have no other options!).
            I ended up being admitted to the hospital for several days and tried to
            escape at night, but the RN caught me and told me that I was now Baker-Acted
            and the police would find me and bring me back and they would place me on
            the psychoward.  This turned out to be a lie, but it scared me enough that I
            got back in my hospital bed.  It was sheer misery.  I ended up going to the
            hospital twice for severe stomache cramping due to withdrawal syndrome from
            the methadone. 
            The other patient in the room with me was recieving demeral shots in the
            butt which made things even worse for me because I was being given any
            relief and she was. I hated her and all of the staff.  To make matters
            worse, only one of my three doctors showed up to assess me, so I had to stay
            longer so I would be 'safe'.  If I had escaped I would likely have frozen
            walking home in my hospital gown because the temperature was freezing by
            Florida standards.
               Methadone is the absolute worst drug you can use.  The half-life last for
            3 or more weeks, so a doctor cannot give you anything until its completely
            out of your system. 
               Now, I've been on Suboxone for several days and was discharged from the
            hospital only because they did not carry the drug in their pharmacy.  My
            only lucky break so far.
               But today, my first day back home, I had my first severly intense
            craving: I found an extra car key that my femal partner had forgotten to
            hide from me and my debit card and went to my drug dealers house to score. 
            This is a man called "BAM" who I earlier this month turned into the police
            via hotline tip.  He didn't answer the door although I was banging for a
            long time.  If he had he probably would have given me a hot shot and/or
            beaten the crap out of me.
               I had intended to buy three bags. 
               I told on myself when I got home. Now my partner and my mother took all
            my money away and hid all of the car keys. I'm very fortunate that I have
            people that still care for me after I've basically sold them out.
               I'm lucky that I didn't get into a car accident and I'm so grateful that
            I'm home now.     But I still want to use; its like an aching inside.
            Sometimes its so intense that I have to go out and look for drugs to make it
            stop. My insincere hope is to stay clean only because I do not want to go
            back to that f@#*king hospital again.  Otherwise, I want to be high more
            than anything in the world.
               Please help me.




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          • Angela Quillen
            Thank you soooo much 4 your story. I have decided to delay the w/drawal process for a few months atleast, due to the fact that I transferred clinics from
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              Thank you soooo much 4 your story. I have decided to delay the w/drawal process for a few months atleast, due to the fact that I transferred clinics from Jacksonville to Daytona Beach.




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              From: Vito Georgievski <vitodov@...>
              To: dolophinea methadonia <dolophinea_cafe@yahoogroups.com>
              Sent: Wed, January 6, 2010 9:23:32 AM
              Subject: RE: [METHADONIA ] The Best Way To Begin The W/Drawal Process




              Hi Clude,Ange,Rokki and all,mega


              I want to say something what can help or at least to share my experience with the  methadone.I live in Macedonia(South Eastern Europe),country where doctors,so-called experts made stupid rule that daily dosage of methadone can't be above 120mg/per day.They have made  a rule which is not evidence based but even so they refuse to give more than 120mg/per day.
              I am fighting for the individual dosage for more than 5 years.They decide to give me 150 mg/per day only for me(out of 500 clients who are on MMT) but the price what i have had to pay was transferring me from methadone clinic to psychiatric hospital.
              What I want to say:maybe you have lot of things to improve but at least you are not facing with stupid rules,you have TH doses and human approach with the staff in clinics.
              So as somebody else say methadone is a long term process but divided in phases.Each phase need  some time which is btw again very individual .
              If I was you i will not rush with tapering down.One year is very short time for methadone.Now days here in my country doctors again are giving interwies where they are introducing bubrenofine/suboxone like a magic drug which will solve the parents problems(what a stupidity like parents will be on this medication) without saying what are the bad sides of this drug.
              I really want to say that i don't have anything negative to say about this drug because I have made my choice which is methadone,so everyone have to have right to chose but all therapeutic approaches like slow release morphine for example.

              Just want to share my expirience with the methadone from other perspective and I'll be very happy if I can help very little.I am on methadone for more then 12 years,working,married and very happy.

              I am wishing you all happy new year,

              Best wishes,

              Vito

              PS Rokki my dear  where are you and what is going on


              To: DOLOPHINEA_CAFE@...
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              Date: Sun, 3 Jan 2010 01:55:28 -0500
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                    The rule of thumb as far as switching from methadone to suboxone is if one needs more than 60mg of methadone to be fully stable then usually suboxone won't suffice. 170 is a long way from 30mg as that is the max dose you should be on the lower the better for the switch. I know most want to switch because of the freedom involved but suboxone does not work for everyone just as methadone isn't for everyone. Wish you the best but plan it out and research it completely.

              Claude

                ----- Original Message -----

                From: Angela

                To: DOLOPHINEA_CAFE@yahoogroups.com

                Sent: Saturday, January 02, 2010 1:33 AM

                Subject: [METHADONIA ] The Best Way To Begin The W/Drawal Process



              I am on 170 mgs/day, everyday going on a full year now!!!!I just want 2 start lowering my dose, SLOWLY, so that I can b able 2 successfully switch over to Suboxone.. I am also still waiting 4 Suboxone 2 go generic. I would love 2 hear anyones advice/opinions about all of this. - Thank U Soooo Much, Ange Q.



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              Hi Claude! This is Ange here ( the one who started the whole ? about What s The Best Way To Start The W/Drawal Process )!!!! Anyways, I agree w/ alot that
              Message 6 of 19 , Jan 19, 2010
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                Hi Claude! This is Ange here ( the one who started the whole ? about "What's The Best Way To Start The W/Drawal Process" )!!!! Anyways, I agree w/ alot that you have to say. I think my main issue is FEAR!!!!! Fear alone keeps me from even entertaining the thought of being w/drawn from the methadone, regardless that its medically supervised. Very luckily for me both clinics I've been w/ are very good @ pretty much everything they should be good at.. Or I'm the lucky one. Regardless, fear is my issue. I just this week that just passed transferred from the Jacksonville Metro Treatment Ctr. to the Daytona Beach Metro Treatment Ctr. For privacy reasons, I will not put down my counselors name, but I've addressed this severe FEAR I have, & he is 100% understanding, & will help me every step of the way when I'm ready to start w/drawing. I did make the decision to hold-off for a few months on the w/drawal process because I would like to become much better
                acquainted w/ my counselor & I am hoping that while doing this it will help w/ my mental block I'm having about this. If you or anyone else have any words of wisdom re: the fear I'm experiencing, I would love to hear it..    -  Thanx, Ange Q.




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                From: claude <hopjr@...>
                To: DOLOPHINEA_CAFE@yahoogroups.com
                Sent: Thu, January 7, 2010 1:13:00 AM
                Subject: Re: [METHADONIA ] The Best Way To Begin The W/Drawal Process

                 
                Sheryl the half life for methadone is 24 hrs not 3 weeks the problem you incurred was that you went down too fast and then jumped off of 90mgs that is enough to put you into a bad w/d and being on a bad clinic is the biggest problem. methadone works when you are at a place that knows what they are doing and cares for the patients. The proper dose is not determined by weight or size as everyone's system is different, I don't know if you needed 200mg by reading your story but some do need that much and more there are others who may only need 80mg so when one's dose is being adjusted you don't want to go up too fast as it takes your body 5 days to adjust to a dose change and when you taper off in order for a pain free taper it should be no more than 2mg every 2-3 weeks. Methadone is a time commitment and for the medication and counseling and therapy to work one should expect to be on for at least 3 years and most may need to be on for life due to the damage
                we do when we abuse opiates it rewires our brain chemistry. If you were on 200mg and you find suboxone to work for you then your body probably didn't need 200mg as the highest dose you can go up to on suboxone is 32mg and that is equivalent to about 60-80mg of methadone. and
                if you are getting severe cravings on suboxone you may need an increase but suboxone doesn't stop the cravings as well as methadone. I wish you the best in your recovery.
                Claude
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                From: Sherryl Sagendorf
                To: DOLOPHINEA_CAFE@ yahoogroups. com
                Sent: Wednesday, January 06, 2010 3:03 PM
                Subject: RE: [METHADONIA ] The Best Way To Begin The W/Drawal Process

                I'm hoping that someone else to learn from my excruciating experience: I was on a walloping huge dose of methadone for 5 years (200mg). I'm 5/8" and aprox. 140lbs, 43 years old. I decided to jump-off methadone and took one week to get down to 90 mgs when I stopped paying the clinic (100 dollars a week!). I was also using cocaine every week because I was unemployed and depressed and 'just wanted to feel better'. That turned into me needing the coke versus just wanting it so I could just function everyday. The end result is that I went thru a very harsh detox. I voluntarily discharged myself from the clinic (New Port Richey, FL PAR SUCKS; do not go there unlless you absolutely have no other options!).
                I ended up being admitted to the hospital for several days and tried to escape at night, but the RN caught me and told me that I was now Baker-Acted and the police would find me and bring me back and they would place me on the psychoward. This turned out to be a lie, but it scared me enough that I got back in my hospital bed. It was sheer misery. I ended up going to the hospital twice for severe stomache cramping due to withdrawal syndrome from the methadone.
                The other patient in the room with me was recieving demeral shots in the butt which made things even worse for me because I was being given any relief and she was. I hated her and all of the staff. To make matters worse, only one of my three doctors showed up to assess me, so I had to stay longer so I would be 'safe'. If I had escaped I would likely have frozen walking home in my hospital gown because the temperature was freezing by Florida standards.
                Methadone is the absolute worst drug you can use. The half-life last for 3 or more weeks, so a doctor cannot give you anything until its completely out of your system.
                Now, I've been on Suboxone for several days and was discharged from the hospital only because they did not carry the drug in their pharmacy. My only lucky break so far.
                But today, my first day back home, I had my first severly intense craving: I found an extra car key that my femal partner had forgotten to hide from me and my debit card and went to my drug dealers house to score. This is a man called "BAM" who I earlier this month turned into the police via hotline tip. He didn't answer the door although I was banging for a long time. If he had he probably would have given me a hot shot and/or beaten the crap out of me.
                I had intended to buy three bags.
                I told on myself when I got home. Now my partner and my mother took all my money away and hid all of the car keys. I'm very fortunate that I have people that still care for me after I've basically sold them out.
                I'm lucky that I didn't get into a car accident and I'm so grateful that I'm home now. But I still want to use; its like an aching inside. Sometimes its so intense that I have to go out and look for drugs to make it stop. My insincere hope is to stay clean only because I do not want to go back to that f@#*king hospital again. Otherwise, I want to be high more than anything in the world.
                Please help me.

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