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How to Quit Pills


Prescription pill addiction is somewhat of an epidemic, and most people aren’t aware of how easy it is to become addicted to pills until it happens to them. We live in a society where there’s a prescription to fix every problem (supposedly), and too many people become unnecessarily dependent on their medication. And if you can’t get pills from your doctor, you can probably find a source to buy them from illegally with ease.

People who try to quit pills can be faced with a wide variety of physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms, which is why it isn’t easy to quit pills on your own. If you want to quit pills, it’s important that you do so in a way that’s safe and more effective in the long run. Your experience as you try to quit pills will be different depending on what type of drug you’re using.


Opioids are prescription pills that are used to relieve pain, and they include brand name and generic drugs like Oxycontin, hydrocodone, Norco, morphine, Demerol, Percocet, Roxicet, Percodan, Opana, tramadol, fentanyl, codeine, Vicodin, and Dilaudid. Opioids are central nervous system depressants. They can create a sense of calm, euphoria, and/or sleepiness, and they can suppress the appetite.

In order to quit opioids, the best course of action is to go to a detox center. Quitting opioids can cause mild to severe withdrawal symptoms like nausea, headaches, insomnia, irritability, restlessness, chills, diarrhea, vomiting, anxiety, and muscle aches.

Doctors can prescribe medication to help relieve withdrawal symptoms. Drugs like Suboxone and Methadone can also help a person quit opioids by eliminating withdrawal symptoms and cravings. The dangers of Suboxone and Methadone, however, are that you can become dependent on them if you don’t use them as your doctor recommends. While you can go to clinics that give out these medications, it’s recommended only if detox is not an option.


Benzodiazepines, or benzos, such as Klonopin, Xanax, Valium, and Ativan, are central nervous system depressants that are meant to relieve anxiety, and they can stop panic attacks or anxiety attacks. They can calm you down mentally and physically, and they can also cause sleepiness.

To quit benzos, it is necessary for you to go to a detox center. When you quit benzos, unlike when you try to quit pills of other types, you can actually die from the withdrawal your body goes through. Because withdrawal can be fatal, it should always be done under medical supervision. To quit benzos, you’ll have to gradually reduce your dosage. Withdrawal symptoms include insomnia, irritability, anxiety, panic attacks, sensitivity to light and sound, sweating, and nausea.


Amphetamines are central nervous system stimulants, and Adderall is one example. When someone abuses Adderall, they experience extra energy and focus, loss of appetite, insomnia, increased stamina and endurance, and euphoria.

It is also recommended that you go to a detox center to quit Adderall. If you try to quit pills that are amphetamines, you will experience withdrawal symptoms that are mostly psychological, like cravings, nightmares, anxiety, irritability, and depression. You can also experience fatigue and dangerous symptoms like heart palpitations. At the very least, you should consult your doctor before you quit Adderall, and they can help you come up with a plan for reducing your dosage.

Trying to quit pills is never easy, and that’s why it’s essential to ask for help. After you quit pills, a good support network of friends, family members, counselors, and peers who have also overcome prescription pill addiction will help you maintain your abstinence. Most of all, you’ll need to learn ways of coping with the things that led you to abuse pills in the first place.


  1. Nancy says

    I started with vicodin many years ago and when it became ineffective i went to a physiatrist for treatment of pain and he started me on a low dose of methadone. as the years passed the dosage was gradually increased until i was taking 8 10mg. tablets per day. i have now gotten myself down to half that amount but am having a struggle from hell to quit completely. in the meantime i have been put on oxygen and methadone can really interfere with breathing. i could go on and on now that drug laws are being changed but don`t want to bore anyone ………and life goes on!

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