- Feb 14, 2019
I’m curious to hear personal accounts of cold turkey off of methadone. How long did the withdrawals really last? We’re you forced? (Jail) ?
I reduced from around 80 down to 10 over weeks then quit. I was fucked for about 3 weeks.
U gotta jump from 100?
I kicked off 65mg 2 months ago. It was pretty brutal man. Still sick of course. I came off 3mg once and this was 20x harder. Would not recommend it. Also kicked off 45mg when I was your age and while it sucked, I recovered very fast. But there were no benzos or alcohol involved on that one.
Don't forget you are drinking too. Your brain its getting more methadone and more liquor than you think. Once you drop the methadone your GABA will tank, and you will need 3x the drinking to stay out of withdrawal (also methadone hides alcohol withdrawal so if you don't get withdrawals from alcohol now, its because you pretty much cannot while drinking that much methadone.
At 65mg I was drinking 12+ beers a day. Didn't think for a second I had any alcohol issues. Until the methadone was removed...alcohol withdrawal came full force on top of the methadone withdrawal.
Unless you want to experience the hellish shit ever. Get off the liquor 100% and taper down the methadone to something reasonable before jumping (sub 30mg).
I knew a guy that kicked off 120mg cold. He went nuts from it.
Methadone acute withdrawal from any dose is 45-60 days. Followed by 3-4 months of PAWS. Around 6 months you are 90% However compounding it with benzos and / or alcohol its longer.