I have been reading everyone stories. I have been taking vicodin for about 8 years now. I tried it when I had a C-section. I then was offered it at a job a used to work at about 8yrs ago. I used to take a few 5/500mg here and there and then got introduced to norcos. I don't know when it exactly happened but now I need them to live. About a few mos ago i was popping about 4 norcos every 3hrs.but began getting sick. So now I cut back to 2-3 norcos 10mg/325mg. every 4 hrs. The funny thing is every one in my circle of friends of family also do this and it is so accepted that it almost seems like a normal thing! I am at the point where "i am sick and tired of being sick and tired." I feel like no one understands because they are doing the same thing. I want to reach out to someone but don't want to be judge. I buy them from the streets and it is very costly I find myself budgeting my life for my habbit and it is stressful and exhausting. I don't actually go out in the streets I have about 3 connections that get them prescribed to them and they call me when they have them and I go pick them up if i don't have money they front them to me until payday. When my connects don't have any I utilize one of my friends or family members connects and vice versa. I just signed up for Kaiser insurance and really want to ask someone for help. I called the advice nurse and she gave me info for the Chemical dependency department. I was reading Carmen2010 post and it kind of scared me. I have a friend that tried Suboxone and said it has did wonders for her but I haven't talked to her recently and don't know if she made it off the drug yet. Her program was supposed to be abt 3 mos. I have been thinkng of starting some type of program but I can't get time off of work without affecting my job. But I can't go on like this. I am thinking of doing a walk-in to the Chemical Dependency department at Kaiser tomorrow. Does anyone know how long it will take for them to actually start me on Subs (as you guys call it) once I go in? I would like to start the same day if possible?
Suboxone and subutex both are opiate blockers, but suboxone has a second blocker drug, naloxone, in it. You will have to be in withdrawal for around 24 hours in order for the opiate in your brain to recede enough for the suboxone or subutex to have enough room to "sit." Some doctor's will start a patient on subutex to avoid a condition called precipitated withdrawal ( really really bad withdrawal) when suboxone is taken too early and the opiate in the brain "fights' with the suboxone for room on the sites, and it precipitates ( drops ) both medications off the sites and bad withdrawal begins. Subutex and suboxone both will take you out of withdrawal within 20 to 45 minutes after you are inducted onto it. It continues to get on the sites for about 2 hours after the first dose and works for 24 hours relieving withdrawal. I can't tell you how much I recommend you doing the counseling that goes along with this treatment. Both meds help with cravings for the opiates but the counseling will help ensure you won't relapse. No one will judge you here, we have all been right where you are. If you want, you can click my avatar or name and read my profile story and it will give you hope, answer some questions and let you know that you can get off of suboxone without withdrawal. I will keep you in my prayers. If you will go to YouTube.com and look for SuboxDoc and Maple2609, they both have videos about suboxone that are helpful. Best of Luck, Pattishan
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