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Hello,  I have a medical issue that I've started to notice after quitting opiates 3 months ago.  I was abusing Hydro, Morphine, and most generally Heroin for several years.  I'm 26 now and have given it up.  The withdrawal was unexpectedly mild compared to what I was prepared for.  I guess I spent too much time reading about it online.  Within 2 weeks I felt right as rain and haven't even considered going back since.  The only issue has been diarrhea. Again, I expected that during my withdrawal and took anti-diarrhea meds to help with this.  Once a month had passed and everything was peachy keen I stopped the AD's hoping it was all over.  That was not the case.  It's been 3 months now and I still have to take them every other day or so.  I tried weening myself off but it just didn't get better.  Have you ever heard of this? Is this normal for recovery? I would talk to my Doctor but I don't have Health Insurance and can't afford to go in.  Also, she tends to drop patients who are addicts and she is the only Doctor within miles of where I live.  I've considered just stopping the meds, calling in sick, and spending some time in the bathroom until it blows over but I don't want to go though that if it wont help.  I've never had any GI problems before and I got screened for STD's a month before going cold turkey.  I never shared needles or anything like that; I was a good little H user.
Like I said, I'm doing well and feel better than before save the obvious issue at hand.  If any good can come of the diarrhea it will remind me down the road if I ever think about using of how stupid that would be.

Any advice is appreciated
Sincerely, Ralph

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Hi Ralph
Congrats for quitting opiates! That is not an easy feat...you have a lot to be proud of!.
Being off of opiates for 3 months should resolve any opiate withdrawal diarrhea. I would look at a food intolerance, which may have been masked by your use in the past. My suggestion would be to try a dairy free diet. Discontinue milk ,cheese and butter and see if that helps. If that does not resolve the issue, I think you will need to see the doctor.
Good Luck
Sherrie

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I have worked in the field of substance abuse for 20 years. I have experience working in the areas of inpatient detoxification, outpatient counseling, halfway houses, self help groups, individual, marital and family counseling, drunken driving education, pregnant and parenting programs, and medication assisted treatment. Additionally, I have a strong background in medical issues, psychopharmacology and mental health issues. I believe in individualized treatment which meets the specific needs of each person suffering from the disease of addiction.

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I currently hold a Masters Degree in Human Services/Psychology. I am also continuing with a PhD in Counseling Psychology. I am internationally certified as an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, and licensed as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I am additionally pursuing the credential of a Substance Abuse Professional which will allow me to work with and evaluate individuals who are employed within the D.O.T. system. Lastly, I am a partner in private practice working with individuals who are seeking recovery from addictive disorders.

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