JD, I have to admit that I'm really impressed with your dedication to getting through this ordeal. You are doing amazingly well, and your positive attitude along with your sheer determination to make it through this is just incredible. You are a real trooper, and I can guarantee you that once this is over you are going to be so glad that you took back your life from this crap instead of falling back into it. I may not know you from Adam, but dude I am really proud of you. You kick ass - lol.
Fentiful made some good suggestions about what kind of OTC meds you can take to help with the insomnia. That being said, in my experience there is nothing that's going to let you get a good nights sleep at this point except for some kind of strong prescription sleep medication. However, Fentiful is absolutely correct in pointing out that prescription sleep meds like benzos
can also be addictive, and that addiction
to these drugs
is far more dangerous and longer lasting that opiate
addiction. However, short term use just to get you though this ordeal shouldn't cause any kind of problem like that.
I really wish that I could tell you that there was something you could pick up at Wal-Mart that would resolve the insomnia issue. For me, there was absolutely nothing that would let me get any kind of sleep except for strong prescription sleep meds, and even those would only knock me out for a few hours at most. I agree with Fentiful - if all else fails go to the E.R. and tell them you are anxious and are having chronic insomnia and that this was the only way you could afford to see a doctor about it (they have to treat you if you go to the E.R. whether they like it or not). If that idea doesn't appeal to you then go with Fentiful's advice and try some of the things suggested in their last post.
It really is going to get better over the next few days. Once again I agree with Fentiful - try to keep yourself occupied if you can't sleep so that you aren't just sitting there going crazy. Anything that makes you laugh is going to make you feel better. Another thing you can try is listening to music - maybe that's just me but I've found that jammin' to some bitchin' tunes tended to make me feel better too.
When I went cold turkey
off of Methadone
on the 22nd of May I literally did not sleep for 7 days. I knew that being awake that long could cause things like hallucinations, and I was prepared for that. What I wasn't prepared for was the way I was emotionally coming undone. I went to my doctor on the 8th day and got a script for Ambien
, and that night I slept for 3 hours (and was very, very glad that I was able to get even that). Even now at 58 days out I'm still dealing with PAWS
sleep issues. So I totally understand just how much not being able to sleep truly sucks.
Stay strong man. We are all rooting for you, and we are here if you need us to help you keep going. You are definitely winning, and it won't be long now until you cross the finish line. You are at least halfway through it (probably a lot more). Keep on kickin ass and taking names.