Today marks day 14 clean and sober. I actually feel really well.
I'll try to write some more details of my experience, but the best decision I made during this was to go back on Vicodin for a month from subsuxone. The vicodin didn't work great, but it got me by, so i could detox. I did the rapid detox and it took three days. I was sedated, but I was okay to go out to dinner with my wife and only the first night I stayed in (granted we only went to Dickie's BBQ, but still I went out). I did Wed/Thur/Fri, then got home. I was wiped out. On Saturday I slept a ton, but I didn't feel bad. No desire for any pill except the stuff they give you to handle some symptons.
After 2 weeks, I now only take 1 Valium a day, which I'm cutting to a half today and 1 clonodine. I must say that exercising and sweating sped up my recovery. It had to have. I walked the dog for 2 miles, went in and wrestled, went to class (brazilian jiu jitsu brown belt), and I took some ibuprofin after it and a cool shower. I was fine.
The first 4-5 days after the 3 day detox, I was really weak. I swear, every time I would stand up, I would look forward to sitting back down. I was still taking the Olanzapine 10mg to help with sleep. Problem was the sedating factor carried to the next day. ALL DAY. I flushed them and threw the bottle away. That stuff is just really long lasting. I'm sure after a few more days, it wouldn't have had as much of an effect, but i wanted to smell the air. Not sit in a chair. I was back at work on Monday, no problem btw. I gotta say, the Coleman joint has it to a science. You do need to communicate your symptons to them clearly and they will take care of it.
Also, for dudes, beware. Our emotions have been held hostage by sub and opiates. I've cried about 6 times in the last 2 weeks. Sometimes out of the blue, but it's because I'm happy I beat this down and will continue to fight to never let it happen again. I was my kids play and I just cried. That one was guilt, because I wasn't sober when my two year old was born and this is the first two weeks I've been with him and I'm clear-minded. I'm incredibly lucky my wife stuck by my side, close friends, and family. It's okay to lean on someone now and then. Don't make you a weak person. We're humans. I cried when I heard "Lean on Me" being sung by my wife (a singer, mom, writer, etc etc etc). Here's my mantra for today my friends. Lean on me. If you are struggling with this, find someone, anybody, you can lean on. Through the power of two or more, we can do more. You have to want to do it though. http://youtu.be/QPoTGyWT0Cg