Quitting Heroin While Working
If you want to quit heroin
but still have to work, then donít worry and
donít despair, for there is still much hope for
you. And believe it or not, you can still do
this - even while you work. In fact, if you still have a job then consider
yourself very fortunate as well; because not too
may people are able to hold down a job and
maintain a heroin habit at the same time.
or later, one of them has to go. And hopefully,
it will be heroin and not the job. Furthermore,
by the time this is all over with youíre going
to get a raise as well; not necessarily from the
boss, or from the company, but from all the
money youíre going to save from not having to
buy any more heroin.
Only good things can come from quitting heroin.
already want to quit, and thatís great. Thatís
excellent. And thatís a start. Now all you have
to do is figure out how youíre going to quit
while continuing to work your job as well. It
wonít be easy, but it can be done. With a good
plan in place, it can be done. However, quitting heroin
while continuing to work is not that simple, and
has a lot more to do with how much you use, how
you decide to quit, and what type of job you
have as well.
For example, if youíre working in a construction
job or a warehouse job where you donít have to
deal with people then it might be possible for
you to quit heroin on the job while taking OTC
meds such as Dayquil, Tagamet and Imodium AD, if you had
a low $20 a day dope habit. It wont be easy, but
it can be done.
If youíre working an office job then it might
still be possible to quit heroin with OTC meds
while having minimal contact with people
throughout the day. Yet most likely, youíre
going to feel very uncomfortable while trying to
sit still and work.
However, if youíre working a face-to-face,
ďhands on peopleĒ job then it would become very
difficult to quit heroin cold turkey, even with
the help of OTC meds.
It would be very difficult, if not impossible,
to quit heroin cold turkey without the clients
noticing that there was something desperately
wrong with you; unless of course, you were to
take those same OTC meds at much higher dosages.
And for some of you, thatís what you might have
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Cold Turkey with OTC Meds: If youíre going to quit
heroin cold turkey while also trying to work
then itís going to become very difficult to do
so, and for some of you, itís going to be nearly
Furthermore, quitting heroin cold turkey at work
or at home can become very discomforting without
the help of OTC meds such as Imodium, Tagamet,
Dayquil, Robitussin Cough Gels, Valerian Root Capsules, and
other OTC meds as well. And for some of you, OTC
meds may be the only aid youíre able to get.
However, with OTC meds you do have options as
For example, if you were to quit heroin
today, (do your last bag today), and have to
work tomorrow, then you may be able to make it
through the work day on 24mg (12 caplets) to
30mg (15 caplets) of Imodium AD every 5 to 6 or
7 to 8 hours, or as needed. Yes. Taking high
levels of Imodium works - not to get you high,
but to help relieve opiate withdrawal symptoms.
an over the counter, anti-diarrhea drug which
contains Loperamide. And Loperamide is an opioid
drug which when taken at high dosages can bind
to opioid receptors within the intestines and
thus relieve diarrhea, stomach cramps and other
opiate withdrawal symptoms to a fair degree,
(again, when taken in high dosages).
Many addicts are able to make it through
the work day by taking anywhere from 12
to 15 caplets (24mg to 30mg) of
Imodium or more along with
300mg of Zantac or
400mg of Tagamet (acid
reducers), washed down by a tall glass
of grapefruit juice,
In fact, some addicts have come to feel
great relief from opiate withdrawals on
40mg to 50mg of Imodium along with 600mg
of Zantac or Tagamet.
How much you take is entirely up to you.
And all you need to do is take enough to
make it through the day at work.
If you become restless at
night, then you can always take half the dosage
which was taken during the day and/or take 2
shots of Nyquil and maybe get some rest. But the
main objective here is not to feel comfortable
but just enough to make it through the workday.
The next day, (Day
2), you can start off at a lower
dosage. For example, instead of 24mg, maybe 20mg
of Imodium + 300mg of Zantac or 400mg of Tagamet
washed down by a tall glass of grapefruit juice.
Some people prefer Tagamet
over Zantac because each tablet of Tagamet is
200mg as opposed to 150mg Zantac tablets. But
either way, they both work fine. And it always
helps to wash it all down with some grapefruit
juice as well.
By Day 3,
you can lower your dosage down even more: 18mg
of Imodium yet continue with 300mg of Zantac or
400mg of Tagamet, washed down with grapefruit
By Day 4
you should be coming to your day off from work
and you can lower your dosage by half, i.e. 10mg
of Imodium yet continue with 300mg of Zantac or
400mg of Tagamet to get the best results from
the low 10mg of Imodium.
From there, the worst is
over and you can begin to decrease your Imodium
intake even more or simply take as needed.
However, itís never a good idea to stay on
Imodium for more than the first 3 to 5
days tops. But of course, that's up to you.
NOTE: If 24mg to 28mg of Imodium is not
enough to take the edge off then feel free to
increase your Imodium dosage to 40mg as that
should be enough even for the heavy user.
For more information on how to quit heroin cold
turkey in a detailed and step-by-step manner, please read my article, "How
to Quit Heroin Cold Turkey".
Warm turkey with prescription
drugs: If youíre
able to obtain any kind of prescription
pain medication such as Tramadol or
Vicodin for example, then you could take
enough pain pills to help you make it
through the workday or as needed just to
get by, and then allow yourself to go
through a little discomfort when at
For more information on quitting heroin
warm turkey please read my article, ďQuitting
Heroin with MedsĒ.
Quitting Heroin with Suboxone
If youíre able to obtain suboxone or subutex
then you wonít have to worry about anything. You
can easily get by on 2mg to 4mg on suboxone and
make it through the work day without any
problems at all. And if youíre going to quit
with the help of suboxone then youíll have to
wait 24 hours or more from your last heroin
intake before taking that first suboxone tablet
or film strip.
But after your
first successful suboxone or subutex
induction you should be fine. And then
you can begin to taper down every 2 to 3
days until youíre down to 1mg or even
.50mg, and then jump ship with the help
of OTC meds, if necessary.
For more information on how to quit
heroin with Suboxone please read my
Heroin with SuboxoneĒ.
However, if youíre going to use any
of these methods above then you may be better off
waiting for your next day off of work and begin
to taper down from the heroin until then.
For example, if you work
a normal work week, i.e. Monday through Friday,
then it may be better for you to do your last
bag on Friday morning and then begin your detox
on Friday evening. Wait until youíre sick and
then begin your detox regime with whichever OTC
or other medication(s) you decide to use.
If youíre going to quit
heroin with the help of Imodium AD (Loperamide)
then you can do it just as mentioned above.
You can start the Imodium Friday night or
Saturday morning as well.
And if youíre taking
Imodium then you should be able to reduce dosage
on Sunday by half the dosage or just enough to
have some bowl movements before going back to
work on Monday. And the worst of the withdrawals
should be minimal by then, or at least reduced
to manageable circumstances. And by Monday
morning, you should be ok to go back to work and
stand on your own two feet.
How you quit this drug is
entirely up to you. But if you have to work then
it would be best to time it right so that you go
through the worst of it on your days off and not
on your work days. And with OTC meds it wont be
that bad. And hopefully youíll be able to work
when it comes time to go back to the work place,
even if you still need a little help from OTC
cold and flu meds. It wonít be easy. But it can be done.
And if you still feel down
by Monday but youíre still able to work, then
just remember to do your best to stay positive
at all times around everyone while forcing
yourself to smile often, knowing that after this
you'll never have to go through any of this pain
and suffering ever again.
No matter how we feel, itís important to do our
best to be positive around others in order to
have a positive effect upon them and upon
ourselves as well. And then work your job the
best you can. And while youíre working,
try your best not to think about heroin. Instead,
think about the positive aspects of quitting.
Think about how wonderful itís going to be to
finally be free from this horrible drug, once
and for all.
Think about all the
money youíre going to save as well.
Because making money has a lot to do
with how hard you work and how well you
manage the money you earn.
And if at all possible, you may want to
seek more support, personal drug
counseling, group meetings etc.
Do everything you can to quit this drug
and stay clean for good, and then just
hope for the best.
And believe it or not, you can do this.
You can really do this.
If you really want it, then you can do
it. And after the first few days, the
rest is just a matter of time, hard
work, and recovery.
But if you can manage to quit heroin
then you can accomplish anything in
Good luck. And
may the good force be with you.