Hi everyone, I just wanted to post my experience with getting off of Percocet after taking it daily for 18 months. My hope is that if there are others who are on opiates they can take some encouragement from my experience... I was on around 40-50 mg of Percocet daily for about 18 months. About 3 months ago when I truly began my TMS healing my wife (a nursing student) came across some info that explained how opiates make pain worse (I attempted to detail the phenomenon in a previous post). I took the info to a doctor who was familiar with TMS and he agreed that getting off the meds would help me as they had scrambled the way my brain processes pain. I admit I was scared to get off the meds. They had become a safety net and had become a way for me to cope emotionally, although I wasn't necessarily conciously aware I was using them for that. O tapered off for about 2 months. Each week I would lower the dose and give my brain a week to adapt to the lower dose. Once I felt like I had stabilized I dropped again. Over the course of about 2 months I had dropped from 50 mg to 5. It was time to cold turkey meds. I was scared. I had read the horror stories of the terrible withdrawal symptoms. I had watched my brother kick a three year heroin habbit and saw the hell he went through but I knew I could do it. I knew it was essential in regaining my life. So ten days ago I stopped the Percocet and braced myself for the worst. The taper had been easy but surely I was going to get hit hard with withdrawal now. The first day was a piece of cake. I worked at the Fire Academy all day and kept myself busy. Day two was more of the same. No problem. I am now on ten days off and the withdrawal I was so scared of was non-existent. I feel fine. I am excited to give me brain a chance to heal and I am excited to continue my tms journey without the fear of my eventual withdrawal hanging over my head. I now feel it will be able to be even more indifferent to my pain as I am free from timing out when I get to take my next dose. I am looking forward to confronting and dealing with the emotional causes of my pain instead of drowning them out with pain meds. Thanks for reading and I hope this is helpful to someone.