Hi and Welcome to the forum.
Just a couple of words of caution on this subject. Death is unlikely when going 'cold turkey' from opioids but as said above, misery abounds. When a doctor prescribes medication and you choose to take it, I would suggest the best way to stop taking it is with the same doctor's advice. Doctors won't suggest going cold turkey for many reasons and below is a snippet from an article that shows why it can be very harmful. The abrupt withdrawal of morphine-like analgesics - opioids - can increase sensitivity to pain. Experiments have now shown that this effect is caused by a memory-like process, the long-term potentiation of synaptic strength in the spinal cord. The study, which was supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), also found ways of avoiding this increase in pain sensitivity. These pioneering results have now been published in the prestigious journal Science.
Painful "cold withdrawal"
The abrupt withdrawal ("cold withdrawal") of opioids leads to "long-term potentiation" (LTP) of synaptic strength in the spinal cord's pain pathways. This in turn leads to sustained and increased sensitivity to pain. In the brain, LTP is a physiological mechanism for learning and memory. An activity-dependent increase in synaptic transmission between the nerve cells at their contact points, the synapses, can be very long-lasting. For example in the spinal cord, pain stimuli can trigger LTP and lead to a long-lasting "pain memory". This study proves for the first time that opioids also leave a "memory trace" in the pain system if they are withdrawn abruptly. "We were rather taken aback ourselves by the results," said project manager Professor Jürgen Sandkühler. "Until now, we had assumed that only strong or sustained pain could induce LTP in the pain system." On making this discovery, Prof. Sandkühler and his team set about deciphering the molecular mechanisms of this process.www.physorg.com/news166449845.html
This is just one article but it serves as a warning to the dangers of taking and/or stopping medications. Whether you or I take or choose not to take any kind of medications is just that...our choice. It's desperately hard to take medications we'd prefer not to take, medications that we are embarrassed to talk about
or substances that we never imaged we would need but it's even harder when others look down on our choices. I may disagree with HelloNurse's comments but what I am bothered by is the ending. Please don't take opiates to get high. I understand some of us need them for chronic pain, but there are other modalities out there that can assist and don't take away your life, desires, and motivation. I was living each day until I could get my prescription filled. I lost a job because I couldn't function. Please realize you are strong and can do this. I'm not big on self-control, but I did it and it I can, anybody can! Good luck in getting you life back!
This is insulting and insinuates I and others here take these medications for fun. I can assure you that less than 1/2 of 1% of chronic pain patients abuse their medications. The statistics prove this out. A quick search will support the facts. I can also assure you than I never feel 'high', I just feel a small lessening of the pain for which I'm grateful. I don't act stoned, drugged, narcotized, hopped-up, fuddled, pixilated, mellow, gamy or juiced. More often I am sleepy from the meds and the consistent pain. If you were "living each day until I could get my prescript
ion filled" and you "lost a job" then my suggestion would be you were the small percentage whose body chemistry doesn't tolerate these medications without becoming not only dependent but addicted. It's most often not a choice any of us make, it's part of our make-up.
The people you will meet here are almost always in control of their medications. Those who aren't are either
open and asking for help or are in denial and we offer our support for them too. That's what this forum is all about
...support. I've listed one of the forum rules below as a reminder. Support is not hurtful but kindness and experiences shared in a helpful way is.
I wish you well, Nurse.
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