I have been on 40mg of methadone for about 4 months now. My clinic put me on a rapid detox because i cant pay anymore and I go down 5 mg every other day. Being down to about 15mg now i am starting to feel sick. I had to use a little bit of heroin today to feel better. I dont want to get strung out again on any opiates and my question is about swtiching to suboxone, a friend of mine said she can give me some. How many mg of subs should i take once ive completely finished my methadone dose? how long should i take them without becoming addicted to subs? i just cant afford it i am unemployed and have no health insurance so i am pretty screwed..any help or pointers about this plan at all? this is my first time doing both... i have been a heroin addict for 10 years and am tired of loosing everything from the dumb drug. thanks
20 Dec 2011
You must be down to at least 30mgs a day of methadone and then you must wait 72 hours from your last dose of methadone before taking any Suboxone. This means you will have to experience some withdrawals before you can take the Suboxone. But to be honest with you, a few days of Suboxone is not going to solve the withdrawal problem. You'll need to be on the Suboxone for at least several months and then have to taper off it. Suboxone is not a quick fix. In fact, if you don't take enough daily and for long enough, you'll end up in withdrawals anyway.
You maybe better off finishing the taper from the methadone. If the clinic could taper you a little less quickly, and you could stand a week or so of not feeling so great, you could kick this habit. It takes determination, but it is possible. You must not turn to the heroin for relief though.
I really recommend you seek further counseling so to deal with the addiction issues. Narcotics Anonymous has free meetings and you could find the support you need there. You can google Narcotics Anonymous and find meetings near your location.
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