I have been a heroin addict for 10 years and have been on methadone since July 2009 (90 ml) have been clean off heroin for just over 3 months. I am going on holiday with my family who do not know I am on drugs, in 3 weeks time. I am going to a country with one of the strictest customs in the world and I therefore don't want to take opiates with me. I started rapidly reducing my methadone about a month ago, 5 ml reduction every 3 days. I felt fine as I was determined. I got down to 50 and then self-reduced straight down to 25 then the next two days 20, this was 6 days ago. When I told my drug workers what I had done they transferred me to subutex, I took my first one about 36 hours ago having left about a 48 hour gap between that and the methadone. I have had 3 previous experiences with subutex and the last one was absolute hell (think looking back must have been precipitated withdrawal but also my mind was just not in the right place - that detox was forced on me whereas this one is entirely of my own accord) therefore, this time is nowhere near as bad but i still feel rough and lacking in energy and my mood is so low, whereas before i was doing amazing, working out every day and felt so happy. i want to come off subutex preferably in 2 weeks, 3 max for the reason explained above. I am on 8mg at the moment. I am also so scared about how low i feel, but i know from past experience this should only be temporary. I am living with my partner who still uses heroin infront of me and indeed i am scoring his heroin for him. I know I should be so proud of my determination and how far I have come, from a £150 a day IV H habit and more latterly a crack addiction as well, to this. But I feel so low. I would appreciate any advices.
Try going on the forum and asking top member Robert_325 about this, Most of us are not going that fast on a suboxone or subutex taper. Robert is our expert and he does have a schedule for a rapid taper. Go to community, look for forum/discussion boards, go there, look for top members and find Robert_325, start thread asking about this ( ask question I think means to start thread, not a computer genius here) I hope he can help, that would be my advice for you. Pattishan
Honestly, you are in a good position. You don't want to take subutex for more than three weeks daily because then you will be right back to where you were with methadone, and trust me the withdrawals are just as bad. Start weening slowly off of subutex now, pick a date and make that be your last day to take any. i did the same thing when I moved from seattle to alabama. You will be fine really. As long as you are just on subutex your golden. cuz you can quit that cold turkey as long as you haven't been doing it every day for over a month and a half. That is the cut off point to where you can withdrawal from subutex. Oh yeah and you should get rid of your boyfriend. Trust me I loved my girl and relapsed because she did and we went through everything together. No one is more important than yourself, and you can save yourself now. And I'm sure you will be an inspiration for him and you can be together in the future clean because lets face it; it will only work if your both clean. Thats just the plain ass truth.. Peace, Much love
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