I had prayed about why mornings were so difficult and painful. I kept thinking it would get better but it never did. Mornings had always been my best time of day and I could get things done. I would ask God what was wrong with me. I had half-decided that it was due to aging and that I’d better learn to live with it. One day as I prayed, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart convicting me of the fact that I was addicted to the hydrocodone I’d been taking for about five years. I can’t say I was shocked but I did feel a little surprised. I continued to ask guidance and I knew I had to stop taking it. I asked Jesus to help me because I didn’t want to go into a hospital, nor did I want to do out-patient detox. After a day or so it became clear that I was going to be ok if I just quit taking it.
I did have some withdrawal symptoms but they were relatively mild. I knew they’d come because I looked up information on the internet and found that quitting cold turkey was not supposed to be an option. And I wouldn’t have done it if I hadn’t been assured by God that He was walking with me as I went through this journey. Hydrocodone makes your body and brain dependent and can exacerbate your pain symptoms. I have arthritis and joint pain.
Withdrawals included rebound pain, nervousness, anxiety and restlessness but nothing was going to make me take more pills. One awesome thing is that the withdrawals were gone in five days and with them went my extra pain that the drug itself had caused. I also am feeling great in the mornings when I get up! I’m so grateful that God still speaks to us and that the Holy Spirit lead us into all truth as the Bible tells us.