He's been taking it for about 2 months and I see a big change in him. My problem is the treatment is pretty expensive and we are still paying for his screw ups when he was on pills. I definitely want him to continue but it's just frustrating for me to have to deal with another expense because of his addiction. I don't have any clue how long he needs to be on it. (He has been an addict for 8 years)
That really is upto to your husband and his recovery process. My doctor recommends 3 to 6 months but some people stay on it much longer than that. Is he getting the recommended addiction's counseling along with the drug therapy? I highly recommend that this is pursued so that he can learn the tools to stay clean once he no longer physically needs the Suboxone.
You are going to have to take your husband's lead on this one. Between his doctor, counselor and himself, he will know when it is time. So try and hang in there.
Dear Brokenheartz, your husband, his suboxone dr and his addiction therapist all should be in agreement with when he is to come off of it or if he is to come off of it at all. 8 years is a long time to be opiate dependent and all cravings and emotional triggers have to be eliminated before coming off successfully. Many skip the addiction therapy as they want to "do it on their own," they are worried about the added expense or hassle, but I assure you, to skip that therapy is a dangerous shortcut, one that usually ends in relapse. Check with you local mental health center to find one you can afford for him. They are out there, you may have to hunt one down. If it makes you feel better at all, most starting subs therapy are broke and having to pay for their addiction's toll. Financial issues will eventually fade, his recovery is what you are really investing in. God bless the 2 of you, pattishan61
I understand that finacially it can be hard. I was addicted to pain killers for 4 years and have been taking suboxone for 2 years and i still need it's help. He may not need it as long as i do. It's important that he doesn't quit before he is truly ready. Since he was addicted for a long time it may take a while... focus on his health and understand that he's trying to get his life back. If he were to quit too soon he may relapse and the viscious cylce could start all over again. keep giving him support and let him make the decision when to quit
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