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Dihydrocodeine and me

Hi everyone, for the past two years I have been addicted to dihydrocodeine. My addiction began after i started getting strange and excruciating pains after taking a laxative, I now get the pains every time I over eat, the doctor can't give me a proper diagnosis as he is unsure of what is causing the pain, I've had lots of different explanations which all came back negative, I've tried umpteen different painkillers which have been prescribed but dihydrocodeine is the only one that fully takes the pain away.

when i got the pain and took the dihydrocodeine it was a euphoric feeling as it took the pain away. I did use them correctly to begin with but I began to enjoy that euphoric feeling and began misusing them. I'm now at the stage I get 200 every month from the doctor and I have taken those 200 within a week and a half, taking 20+ a day! I mix them with my pregablin and energy drinks and they make me feel on top of the world like i am invincible I can do anything.

I need help, I'm afraid to go to the doctor as this demon drug is the only painkiller I've had take the pain away so I am afraid the doctor will stop my script and I'll be in agony constantly. I've came clean and told my fiance what's been going on and he's agreed to lock away my script unless I really need it. I Live in Scotland in the Clackmannanshire area, does anyone know of any support groups etc? I'm at my wits end I am fully aware of all the damage these "drugs" are causing my body but yet when i get my script i can't help myself from taking them, please help me!

replying to lynz87

Sorry to hear of your situation and pain.

I am in no position to preach as a painkiller (codeine) addict myself. My experience with doctors, previously admitting to diazepam misuse has been very bad, and a note on my file was put that marks me out as a potential drug addict and I can't get anything on prescription now. Your experience may vary - GPs are people and will all have their own prejudice.

I am not in Scotland, but I am trying to find independent help, from a charity or independent service - that way the doctors file will not haunt my future.

I hope things work out for you.

Things that really help with me:

Make sure I'm hydrated.

Take 5-HTP

Take vitamin B

Take exercise every day - even a walk is good.

Sleep as much as you can - but also make sure you get up when the alarm goes off.

replying to lynz87

Hi, we live in Scotland too and our beautiful, handsome graduate son is in addiction recovery after making poor life choices that has shocked us all to the core. Finally after months of trying to recover on his own, we finally convinced him to join Cocaine Anon and WOW what a difference in his recovery. Just to be clear, any addict can join these groups (members at his include prescribed meds addiction, gambling, alcohol, drugs etc). He feels safe to share, gets awesome support and no longer feels he is the “only one” in this mess. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Good luck x

replying to lynz87

Sorry to hear about your issues Lynz. Like you I also have a prescription for dihydrocodeine but I get them prescribed weekly because when I had them fortnightly I overdid them, I can only dream of a monthly script.

I take 8x60mg daily but have managed to keep it at that, when I have taken more I feel even worse than if I'd had none, so find a happy medium and for me it's 8 daily.

All 8 are taken about 4am when I wake and although I'd like at least 10 a day my doctor only allows the 8, I've been on this dose for about 18 years or so.

The only downside to this is my libido which is zero but that's fine because my wife of 30 years also has a libido in tatters, so it was a happy coincidence.

Personally speaking 20 a day is mad, the most I ever took was 16 and it doesn't feel good, it's almost as bad as taking none, so go for less, 7 is the minimum that I can take, any less and I'm crawling up the walls.

On the day I pick up my prescription there are none left because I've talked myself into taking more than I should, so I'll plant myself in front of the TV and watch garbage until I pick up my prescription after 3pm.

In the US there is a monthly injection available for opiate addiction called Sublocade but it's not available here and if you go to a government drugs & alcohol service they offer talk therapies, Buprenorphine or Methadone and both of those are even harder to quit, so stick with the dihydrocodeine but have less, try to drop it by a tablet a day until you find a dose that suits you.

I'm wondering if medicinal cannabis would work because you get the euphoric feel and it's more natural than the codeine treatment.

I have tried NA and AA for my drinking problems but come away feeling more like a drink than before. If a drug helps you to cope and it causes no health issues apart from withdrawal then why not stick with it, I did and I'm fine but I'd like to try the sublocade but it's not available, so I'm sticking with my 8 a day, a healthy diet, walks on the beach and I work every day as a builder so get out and about.

Best of luck for the future.

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