I FU<KING HATE THE IGNORANCE IN THIS THREAD.
most people are great, and know their stuff, but some people are so ignorant it almost hurts just to read their comments. it's disgusting.
I had a 2 year addiction to codeine, morphine, heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, buprenorphine, methadone and fentanyl, not to mention the diazepam, oxazepam, alprazolam and others, all of which cost me around $150 a day. (roughly $1,000 a week on narcotics only)
the first year i was happy in my addiction, and was a 'functioning addict'. After 12 months however, some terrible things happened in life and i urgently, urgently needed to quit. I was becoming a liability to my family and the ones i love most. I wanted desperately to quit. I needed to quit. I had no option but to quit. And yet... i could not quit. I attempted suicide multiple times, and nearly succeeded twice. it wasn't out of depression, but simply i knew that if i could not quit then staying around would hurt and destroy my family.
I lost my career, my partner, my health, my self esteem, and much more because of my addiction. I tried to quit every way you could think of - and i mean every. single. way. the things i did to try and quit i could write a book about.
finally, after my third full stint in rehab, i got onto maintenence. So i'm ok now. But during my many months collectively spent in rehabs that cost $600 PER DAY i learnt a lot about why quitting opiates and opiods is so amazingly difficult.
i could write a couple more thousand words on it, but i wont. let's just say that the education i recieved from rehab is what prompted my to study the medicine degree i am 2 years into now, and the complex reasons behind the difficulty of quitting is what prompted me to specialise in neuroscience.
remember guys, you would be surprised the number of blatant mistruths and misconceptions that are floating about in society about addiction. a number of them have surfaced in this thread, but i don't have the time to explain and deconstruct them via an internet forum.
what i will say though, is that anybody who claims that nicotine is harder to quit then opiates is either misinformed, lying (intentionally or unintentionally), or has somehow drawn some very wrong conclusions from his (or her) own experiences. Nicotine withdrawal does not involve constant vomiting, diarrhea, anxiety, depression, convulsions, temperature oscillation....i could go on for some time.
anyway thats it for now; i wish karo the very best in his recovery, and hope that he gets clean and sober and stays that way. and if he never fights again, it will be a shame, but one's health is always more important than one's career.
I hate karo's fight personality, but i wouldn't wish opiate addiction on my worst enemies. i could write pages upon pages on just how humiliating, shameful and horrible it can be.
best wishes to you karo, and for those people in this thread acting ignorant and callous, please reconsider your positions.
thats all for now,
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Last edited by MooJuice; 11-21-2009 at 02:32 PM.