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Day 15 and my body feels normal. I was in psychological crisis. I had taken the last of the xanax which is not usual to be perfectly okay, but I think I ended up taking more gabapentin double dose maybe triple. At some point I couldn't walk straight and fell down twice. Oddly I had no opiate craving (I have had very little of it). But, mentally I wanted to die and stated so tp my partner. Then I fell back to bed. Woke up an nothing but curiosity. All see what my therapist on Wednesday she what she thinks. How did I go to deeply depressed to completely fine.

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As the day has wore on it gets harder to think straight. I guess my brain needs to learn to keep attentive. I just start thinking straight.

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There is a wonderful saying in recovery rooms which made no sense to me early in recovery: "Time takes time".   It gets better and there is nothing that using again won't make worse.

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Thanks Chalize,


Having issues. It winds up that the clonidine doesn't mix with my gabapentin. I was wobbly and highly emotional, plus foggy thinking. I chose the gaba because of neck pain. The clonidine I am assuming has worn off because it's like I felt 5 or 6 days ago. I have  no resource for relief as it is the weekend. I don't even know if there is something uncontrolled that can replace. Will message my psych nurse in the morning and see. I might just have to hang on for a few days, unless it gets worse I think it is doable.

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So this is day something or other and after my clonidine and gabapentin interaction. I feel I am close to where I was with the clonidine. That interaction was horrible. Wobbly, brain fog, and extremely emotional.


So, now comes the time once again to concentrate on my mental. I have no doubt that I will return to the me before the opiates. My main tool for this will be cognitive behavioral therapy type thinking. I am pretty skilled at it after 8 years of trying it. It help to eliminate my bipolar depression and anxiety. And, I have used it throughout my transition and beyond.


I fear to start them. And I was right. It ended badly. I hope others have an easier time if they are on opiates prescribed or not. 

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Hi all, It's been 4 says since my last entry.


I almost free. But, my body will not let me. It screams for opiates, which it is not going to get. We psych nurse and I have stop the xanax, I seem to have slight addiction, but would grow if kept taking them. Monday, I had what to me was a panic attack or at least at times I was panicky. Nurse sent a script for 3 xanax (the last). She also sent in a clonidine 0.1 mg twice a day. Frightened of another incident, I didn't take any until yesterday after discussing with my nurse. The chance of interaction again is not very likely. She said they only work for about 3 to 4 hours. And, just make sure I have a clear pathway when walking. Still scared I took a half when I started to feel anxious again. It did it's job, And I did not need one for sleep last night. She also thought they might help me sleep. My body is still missing the drugs, but I am calmer then yesterday for now. This is harder then I thought, but I definitely got addicted to the opiates. My mind feels clearer. And it seems that the body is wanting them, more then my mind. I suppose that is hopeful. Maybe I won't have to go through emotional withdrawal. Not sure about that. I keep my estimate of 2 to 3 months.


Thanks for being here everyone.

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One thing you can try is eating dessert.  Sounds crazy, but alcohol counselors use that to get recovering alcoholics through rough patches.  Refined sugar acts somewhat like a drug in the brain.  Making dessert from scratch also gives your mind a task to focus on for a while, and something to look forward to.  My GF makes tons of cookies for the kids when she needs to.  


If you want a dessert that packs a punch, try making gooey butter cake.  Its a classic in the South USA, and a 9x13 pan of it uses no less than 4 cups of powdered sugar!  

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1 hour ago, awkward-yet-sweet said:

One thing you can try is eating dessert.  Sounds crazy, but alcohol counselors use that to get recovering alcoholics through rough patches.  Refined sugar acts somewhat like a drug in the brain.  Making dessert from scratch also gives your mind a task to focus on for a while, and something to look forward to.  My GF makes tons of cookies for the kids when she needs to.  


If you want a dessert that packs a punch, try making gooey butter cake.  Its a classic in the South USA, and a 9x13 pan of it uses no less than 4 cups of powdered sugar!  

Never heard of that, but it makes sense. I have a North Carolina Lemon Pie that have been planning on making, but I have been cooking. Thanks


PS - I snack on candy at night 

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