Please tell me howd u know u were getting back. I was on suboxene five years. I stopped about two n a half weeks ago. I’m passed the worse part but if I shower everyday I’m proud. I hate that driving in the car isan accompliment. I’m 27 n have two lil boys. N I don’t know if I’m depressed or angry. I’m just mentally fighting why I feel more sad n that life sux..
If one is on long term bupe maintenance – truly on it – I consider that being sober. I have been on maintenance for almost 10 yrs and do not get any type of high from it. It is also basically impossible for me to feel anything from injestion of opiates. If I were to detox from bupe, I believe I would eventually succumb to opiates again. I am not judging you, but for any maintenance bupe users out there who are taking it correctly, do not feel guilty or feel as if you must get off bupe to be sober. I really resent folks who promulgate the fiction that one is not sober if on bupe maintenance. If you are taking it properly then you know you don’t get any type of high from it AND you also will find it almost impossible to get high from injesting opiates. There is no shame in bupe maintenance – no different than a diabetic taking their insulin.
I started Suboxone film August 28th after 42 yrs of addiction. Most of those years I was on methadone maintenance and clean a few times. Then, in April of 2013 I became ill with sepsis and because I was on 190 mg of methadone the doctors detoxed me by sedating me for a week and doing a Rapid Opiate Detox. After 21 days in the hospital I was released and still very sick with withdrawals and other issues. I had many 40 mg tablets of methadone at home, along with hydromorphone. About the fourth day I just couldn’t take it anymore and I began taking hydromorphone 4mg tablets. I took between five and nine tablets daily, depending on the length of my day. So, if I was out and about for 12 hrs or more I’d take nine of the 4 mg tablets. So, while taking the hydromorphone I began seeking advice and a Suboxone doctor that would accept my insurance. I found one and my appointment was August 6th. After making mistakes faxing the prescription I finally received a five day supply because the pharmacy only had that much, but in two days I had a 30 day supply. I waited until I had all my errands ran and began my induction. I was really surprised that I wasn’t horribly sick when I went into withdrawals. I used a small amount of Alprazalam to get me through. I took my first film at about 11:00 PM and didn’t feel great, so I took another one. I laid down and in a few minutes I was asleep, slept for two hours .and woke up to the telephone wringing. Had the phone not wrang I would have probably slept until morning.
It’s been seven days! I feel totally normal, but a little anxious. I’m just taking one day at a time. I cut the film in half and use tweezers to put each half under my tongue; one on each Side. I feel this works for me. I swallow at first, then don’t swallow for 20 min. I wait another 15 min before I eat or drink anything. It’s numbing, and has an awful taste, but it’s fine. I thank God for this opportunity. I only paid $3.65 for a month supply of Suboxone and the doctors visit was covered by Medicaid, as well. Methadone cost me $70 a week. I went once every 28 days for about 17 yrs. I’ve traveled to Greece, Russia, Germany, Estonia, Amsterdam, Denmark, , Finland, England, Spain, France, Italy and many other European countries, not to mention all over the USA, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and the Carribean. All carrying over 100 40 mg methadone wafers in a bottle. I was never questioned, ever! I don’t like methadone because it causes me to have edema and I crave sweets. Hopefully, Suboxone won’t have this effect. Methadone made me sleepy, as well. I reached the higher dose after 19 yrs of maintenance.
I agree that I’m clean! I’m just taking a medication, period.
Good luck on your endeavor. You’re young, you can do this. I’m over sixty years old and I’m just taking a day at a time. God bless you and your family.
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