Loperamide addiction withdrawal journey need support - Part 49

By gbread · Apr 27, 2015 · ·
  1. CC, I used to live in San Diego and miss the amazing weather. Now in Georgia and it's hot, rainy and muggy. But I want to start walking again. I really do. My head tells me that people will be watching and judging me. I'm not overweight at all, I just feel self-conscious. I know it sounds mental but Ive been so isolated using loperamide and before when I took oxycodone, then had surgery. I feel like Im out of the 'loop' so to speak.

    It seems I am playing catch up as I watch friends in their jobs, marriages and kids. I have none of that but hope to build something now that I'm getting well. I want to join in life again. Meetings help me so much, since we are all at different stages of the 'getting out' and on with life after drugs and alcohol. I find so much compassion and understanding, plus practical advice from those like you who actually DID it.

    I don't feel less than or better than anyone and finally feel a part of something. Plus my spirituality is helping me heal as it is a restorative to be sure.

    Don't feel bad about trashing your health, and I see you've moved past that emotion pretty much. It is a learning experience, huh? It makes you so much more grateful for your health and well-being now.

    Thanks for the feedback regarding the GI tract and bowel issues. That's the hardest to talk about for me! But it so important to understand I am not alone and it's normal to have problems. Did you have any ulcers or severe pain or was it mild and intermittent? Anyways, I am glad that it does get better.

    Will report later. Godspeed!
    Much love and hugs to you and all,


  1. cielochick
    I don't have an ulcer but definitely heartburn and reflux if I don't use prilosec or other antacid. This preceded the loperamide abuse. The nausea, cramping, bloating, noisiness, & looser BM's were part of the loperamide withdrawal. Good days & bad days. Eventually the good days stayed. Absolutely everything is better! CC
  2. Ellen042
    Hi Sweet Gbread and CC. You're BOTH such an encouragement to me!!! The longest I've gone without an opiate in the past 13 years is 2 weeks, then I'd give up and take my medicine (for chronic pain) again. Yes,CC, we all love to hear success stories!! Some people simply stop documenting when they're off loperamide, leaving us wondering how long it will take to feel normal again. Thank you for posting again! I agree with you completely: Gbread, you're doing fantastic! Keep up the good work! As you've not reported chronic pain, I'm convinced you'll be in CC's footsteps, just a few steps behind right now. You both seem to fare well on 10% weekly/ roughly weekly cuts. I think my last 25% cut just five days after my previous cut was WAY to much for me. I don't plan on repeating that again!

    CC, you're not in chronic pain, are you? How long were you on opiates prior to the loperamide, and at what dosage, if you don't mind my asking.

    Gbread, do you feel you've stabilized on 4 loperamide/day yet? Do you plan to cut by half a pill next? Best wishes to you!

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