Boomer trust me on this, I was on the Vicodin for about a year and they messed me up bad as they reacted with my AD med. I have a workmans comp injury so they gave me the scripts easily, and of course I took them. I don't feel you are an addict. You just became dependent on the med and then your body got used of having them on board and you felt better.
It was very easy to rationalize when you were down you felt better with the codeine on board.
I was lucky that I did not have all the nasty withdrawal that some people experience. I just got mad and decided I could not take drugs the rest of my life.
You will come through this and in the end you will see that the world is a better place without looking at it through the haze of codeine.
Would I use them again, yes if I was in severe pain and knew I was not going to be able to live without them, but never street drugs. For now I just use Aleve or Motrin.
I agree with you there are many people in severe pain that need and deserve their pain medication. In US pain is considered a medical emergency, but in my case I knew I was not bad off enough to need the potent Vicodin.
Methadone works for withdrawal but usually you have to be in withdrawal before they start you on some of these meds so it is easier to detox off the med your body is already getting.
There is certainly a place for the Methadone Clinics and many people benefit from them.
Take care and gentle hugs................you will be fine. One step at a time.
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