Methadone Tapering, Are You Ready to Taper? Take this 10 Question Quiz to Find Out.
Are you ready to get off methadone? It can be a tough road, and unless you're in a pretty strong mental "place" you may be putting yourself at unnecessary and premature risk for a relapse back to opiate abuse.
You gotta' want it pretty bad, and you have to want it for yourself! That's the number one cardinal rule of an opiate taper, cause if you are doing it for anyone or anything else; you have a terribly low chance of achieving long term sobriety.
The statistics are pretty sobering as well. Basically, if you are on methadone and doing well with it, you should think hard about whether getting off is worth the risk. Basically, once you start your slow withdrawal off of methadone your odds of a relapse skyrocket.
Sometimes though, you just want to get it over with. You've had enough of the daily ritual and the side effects and you're feeling strong and ready. Sometimes, it's just feels like the right time.
But is it?
Here are 10 questions to ask yourself to help you determine if you truly are ready to make a break from methadone.
- Are you staying clear of all illicit drugs or alcohol? Are you still looking for a high?
- Do you have a job, or are you a student?
- Is your family or home situation stable, sober and supportive?
- Do you have a strong peer support group of non-using friends? (Can you count on them?)
- Does your doctor agree that you are ready to taper?
- Do you feel mentally strong and physically healthy?
- Do you want to get off methadone?
- Are you avoiding using friends or "trigger" places?
- Are you on a relatively low dose of methadone?
- Have you found a beneficial form of counseling or other support?
The more yes answers you have, the more ready you are for an attempt at a methadone taper.
You don't want to go through the effort and risks of a methadone withdrawal until you are truly ready. Get you’re life fully back on track and get the sober support you'll need. Get physically and mentally healthy and get into an environment that minimizes your exposure to temptation. Take it slow, and taper slow – you can do it!
There is little benefit in rushing through the methadone taper. The greater the discomfort, the greater the risk of relapse - This is going to take some time.