my fiance has been an addict for about 7 years and he is taking suboxone. he has been for about 6 weeks and he he recently stopped 2 days ago from taking 2mg once a day. he is having a really hard time. he says it is worse than trying to quit oxi. i think worse mentally rather than physically from what he tells me. im really worried. from being addicted to oxi for so long how long is one normally on suboxone. him relapsing is my worst fear and im trying so hard to love and be here for him. does he need space?
Does his doctor know what he's doing?? You can't jump off at 2mgs that's just looking for a relapse. He should be done to a .5mgs every other day before he even thinks of trying to stop. He really needs to be better informed and speak to his doctor asap... Good luck ...
P.S. He hasn't even got to the real withdrawals yet as buprenorphine has a unusually long half life. The full withdrawals won't kick in until day 5-7 and they could last for months...
I'm sure you're very concerned for your fiance, but the best thing you can do to help him is to get involved in al-anon so you can become educated on the disease of addiction and learn how not to enable him in any which way. With him only being on the Suboxone for such a short duration, his chances of relapse are high if he has not adapted to any healthy coping mechanisms or developed his own network of support. It's pretty common for one to remain on a maintenance dose of Suboxone for at least a year (if not longer) considering the years he has spent in his addiction. Every doctor has different methods and theories, but I know it is safe to say that a decrease of 2mg every month would really help ease the withdrawal symptoms. People will still complain of residual symptoms after 2mg, but the use of Benadryl (OTC) has helped some to take the edge off (especially at bedtime when things always seem to be worse). I hoped this has helped you and please let me know if there is more to the story that I could possibly help provide some additional insight. Best of luck, but remember that you need to take care of you first just like he needs to take care of him first.
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