I started coming to this clinic back in March so I could work on geting off of a drug I never wanted to be on in the first place, but was what I call - dependant upon. From the get go I hated it.Every secondof it. Granted, it was definitely better than the alternative for sure, but just the thought of something having THAT much control over me was something I couldnt come to terms with. BY hte first week of being there, I was off the opiates, although my drug tests still showed me dirty for 2 months, but it wasnt because I was still using. Trust me, as soon as I could, I never looked back, and I never will. Kevin was my counselor. He tried and tried AND TRIED to get me into a 12 step program, however, I refused. I do have to say not only is he persistent, he's good at what he does. I will miss him :) Rose, the receptionist, who checks in everyone, is awesome, and had the patience of a saint, dealing with some of the people that come thru there. And there was a time not too long ago where I even tore her head off because I wasn't feeling good, yet she was never mad at me, and still treated me with the upmost respect. Sorry for chewing your head off Rose! You didnt deserve that. Liz, the Nurse has been great. Always concerned about me tapering myself instead of doing it the "recommended way" was always more concerned about it than I was. Thank you Liz for that! Although I will miss the people here at this clinic, I'm proud to say that its because I dont need their services anymore. It was never my DOC to begin with. I have other things to focus on going forward. 1 step at a time, right, Kevin :) Now I can focus on the rest of me. Heres the deal. For those who are stuck on methadone who WANT to come off of it, because they are scared of the withdraw... If you want to get off that stuff, you have to be ready, mentally. You have to TAPER... TAPER TAPER TAPER. little by little. The clinic will make you taper for like a year or even longer. Personally, I didnt have that kind of time. When I say I was ready, I was READY to be done. I didnt want to have to wake up first thing in hte morning and get in my car with it being 30 degrees out and go somewhere I didnt want to go.... I didnt want to do that anymore, so I took it into my OWN hands, tapered down slowly and now I have to say when I took my last dose, I really didnt have too many withdraws. Yes, I had RLS a little bit for 4 days, so it was difficult to sleep, but I never even called into work, ya know? My back hurt for a couple of days, and I had the chills for 3 days. And Indigestion for like 3 days too. Its all over with now. All of it. Its been a little over a week since my last dose- which I tapered myself down to like 2mg, if that even.... I never got sick sick. No vomiting, diahrreah (or however you spell it), and I didnt need any meds other than Ibuprofen yesterday for my back, which helped a lot. I slept last night, my back is good and I feel great! I feel like the worst is over. Thankfully. Never ever again will I take another opiate. But all I wanted to say to anyone who is scared of the withdraw, I understand.But you will be ok, I promise. :) If I can do it, so can you!