My son is on them and he seems to be struggling with staying clean. I know he must take the sub himself and he can choose not to and use, but is it really a good way to kick the drug habit or just another form of legal use. I don't see any great improvement in him.
Dandy-mom, Suboxone is an excellent treatment for addiction. How long has he been on it? He will need counseling also, not just the medication. You and your family will need counseling also, so that you can learn about addiction and how it has effected all of your lives and how to deal with it. Addiction is a disease, just like cancer or diabetes. Suboxone does not give you the high like other drugs do. So, maybe he is resisting taking this drug. I was addicted to pain meds for about 15yrs. Your brain changes when you take opiates. Your mind tells you that you are in pain because you are trying to justify taking more and more. I'm not saying there aren't legitimate reasons for someone to take a pain med, what I'm saying is that you start to think differently about them. A person has to really want to get off of them for the program to work. Talk to him, as I'm sure you are .
keep talking to him, tell him all of the ways that these drugs are effecting his life and yours. Did he go to detox before starting Suboxone? A person needs to be off of opiates at least 48hrs. Before starting the Suboxone. Please don't try methadone to get him off of opiates. It's an awful drug, and it's even worse than pain meds. it doesn't work, but Suboxone does work. I've been on it for a year now, and I finally have my life back. He needs to be able to talk to others who are experiencing the same things. Don't give up on it, or him. He didn't get addicted over night and he won't get clean that easy either. Look into some counseling for all of you. You can't just go to a doctor and get a prescription and think everything will be o.k. It takes a lot more than that. He's lucky to have your support. Nobody can do this alone. maybe it would help if he could talk to us on this site. If nothing else, he will know that he's not alone and that it is really possible to get clean. Good luck, come back and let us know how you both are doing! NIK
Great answer Nik, great answer. Some feel that you are trading one addiction for another, but, the subs is healing the brain and the counseling heals the emotional issues that triggered the abuse and could trigger a relapse. I just friended you Nik, I wanted to send you a pq, but the way your account is set up, I have to wait for you tor friend me to send you one. Back to Dandy. He isn't getting high on the subs, but he has to do the counseling in order to stay in the right frame of mind to eventually taper off the suboxone. He could probably use some support from others. See if he will join the site, many will support him here.
Yes if done right . important on day 11 and down to 1 mg pretty easy a few bumps but manageable . tryin to nix it all now though but subs do offer relief and make things less dramatic just be strong and have will . i am dealing with only mild issues and seem to be getting myself back because iv been a stranger the transition and mornings are the hardest for me but important no pro just a guy experimenting trying to get clean and 11 days so far so good
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