Posted by 4WD on August 21, 2005, at 15:12:14
In reply to Re: Drugs for recovery of stimulant abuse » Declan, posted by AMD on August 21, 2005, at 14:00:21
> I think what worries me is that it's never taken this long to get over my post-use withdrawal. More than a week is a rarity.
Hi. You did just what I did. For years, I experienced post drug abuse depression each time I used (anywhere from once a week to once a month). It didn't happen every time at first but then it got to where it happened almost every time.
I kept taking the risk. Each time I'd feel bad, for a week at most. Finally, the last time I used, the week went by and the depression/fear/terror didn't lift.
We both pushed it just one time too far. It's been five months now and I'm better. It took at least three months to stop waking up with the feeling of fear and apprehension and dread. (It may have taken me longer because I was trying to get off Effexor at the same time and switching to different antidepressants.)
I don't know how long it takes for your brain to recover. I'm still waiting to find out. And my use for the last year or so was pretty infrequent. The horrors I have been through in the last six months are a big part of what is keeping me clean. I will never go through that again. For me, the terror was worse than the depression. That's now gone away. I still have anxiety and I'm still working on it and on my depression.
I can tell, you, though, that taking more drugs to keep from feeling the horror of stopping drugs will get you nowhere. It's a never ending cycle that just gets worse every time. Stopping the abuse is the only way. You are in for a long haul but it does get better. I promise you that.