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I'm wondering how others have been explaining to children (10 years old) what's happening to them when going thru withdrawal.  Thanks.
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I told my older children that I was prescribed a medicine that was supposed to help me, but it instead made me sicker. Now, I have to slowly take less and less of it until I won’t take it anymore. I also told them that I’ve learned an important lesson for our family - this kind of medicine is not safe for us.

 

They’ve been so sweet about mommy not feeling well (it began with interdose withdrawal and continues now with mild w/d symptoms as I taper), but it’s been the hardest part of all of it for me. I have always been on top of everything to do with my family. I got sideswiped by this in March, was shocked to find myself dependent after less than 3 weeks, and now I’m tapering as responsibly as I can to remain functional for my kids and husband.

 

 

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I’m finding it hard to be functional.  I feel so anxious and almost anything can trigger it.  And, anxiety on top of anxiety, I feel anxious about damaging my children and family.  We really only have each other, no real support network.

 

I have had some meltdowns in front of my children, which scares them.  My husband is doing his best.  But there are so many stressors.

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My son will be 5 this month, I’ve just told him that mommy is reducing a medication she doesn’t want to take anymore and it makes her feel unwell sometimes.

 

You have to take it one day, one hour, one minute at a time. You will get through this. Time and patience.

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Ugh, I’m so worried about this. It seems a lot of people here don’t have children (or maybe they’re grown or they just don’t mention them), so I wonder how I would cope with severe withdrawal symptoms. I have three young children. As you can see in my signature, everything went just fine the first time around, but I have serious doubts this time as I’m taking such a large dose.

 

Aside from what to tell them, how do you take care of them? I am also afraid of what I do about my job. I work from home but if I’m really sick, how can I do that? I’m so stressed out just thinking about this.

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