I have had serious problems with alcohol abuse, since I've started opiates after I had shoulder surgery years ago, I found I have no desire to drink. Therefore, my life has been very stable and I am a hundred times more functional than I used to be. I wish I could just stay on them forever without getting on methadone because you have to go there everyday and the stigmas involved. What is so wrong with using if I'm getting a better life from it. I have used continuous for a couple years at a time and don't see negative effects other than my ability to get the drugs. I have never shot herion, I have sniffed it twice and I don't want to have to resort to that due to availability. Will insurance continue to pay for suboxone, will doctors allow you to stay on it? If not, why not? Thanks for your time.
31 Jan 2010
Both suboxone and methadone are long acting medications. Most agree that methadone is the way to go if one needs long term pain management. Most do NOT think that suboxone helps as much with pain management, however, it works well on me personally. The reasons a person shouldn't take say lortabs or vicodin long term are a) the pain relieving effect is short term, 4 to 6 hours b) a person will have to increase the amount of these medicines in a short time c) they can be hard on the liver and cause damage to that and other organs if they are taken for years improperly. Some inusrance companies do cover suboxone and yes some people stay on it long term. It does NOT get you high. It does improve the quality of life for lots of people. You may need pain management for your shoulder and probably could get more info from a pain management doctor, but, I hope I at least answered a few of your questions. Best of Luck to you.
31 Jan 2010
A couple years at a time is not long enough for you to actually change your chemical make up in your brain. The fact that they still make you feel good shows that you are still chemically OK.
Believe me that after a while the fake euphoria that you get will turn to dysphoria and your life will turn to shit. It happens to everyone that keeps taking opiates, no one is immune to this fact.
So taking Suboxone or Methadone for either detoxing or for life long maintenance is a good thing provided that it is needed.
Once you prove to be a addict that is in full recovery then you do not go to the clinic daily. Most people who are truly in recovery only go once a week or longer depending on the clinics rules.
You should really think about what you are doing before trying to get on these meds for life... Dave
27 Aug 2011
I do not know if there are any long-term side effects of this medication. That is actually how I ended up on this site, as I am currently taking Suboxone and have been for almost three years now. I am grateful to say, I have a great life today; I am no longer controlled by the obsession to use. However, it was not the Suboxone that made those things possible: it was Alcoholics Anonymous. I know, sounds crazy right? At least it did to me at one point in time. I can remember my first meeting thinking what the h*ll is this some kind of cult, but I kept going, got a sponsor, and started working the steps. AA has taught me that drugs and alcohol were not my only problem; I had a problem with life: I did not know how to live life on life’s terms, as it always had to be my terms; my need to control everything around me was killing me. Suboxone makes it possible for me to live without craving or even thinking about drugs; I do not get high from it.
I have accepted it will probably always be a part of my life. My Doctor does not pressure me to get off it, however, he does want me to lower my dose; I currently take 16 mg a day. I go to AA, group, and individual therapy and have done so throughout my recovery. I have insurance and it does pay a huge percentage; my prescription costs 436.00 a month and I pay 60.00. I have had to pay for the entire script before. I am thankful my husband has a great job that makes it possible for me to continue therapy. I do not know if this will help you, but my suggestion to you is; do not just use the medicine as a fix; it requires meetings and therapy to beat this disease, do not allow it to make you a casualty... Good Luck!
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