I take two to three 10 mgvicodin every evening and I have for the better part of ten years. I don't think I'm addicted but I like it and don't want to quit... until recently when I was given an ultimatum from my fiance. He says when the high wears off, I'm unbearable and he won't put up with it anymore. I went to a psych and a lmhc, both suggested suboxone. I have my initial appt tomorrow and can't help but feeling as though I'm not a heavy abuser and therefore don t need this potent suboxone treatment. Help?
If you are only taking 3 ten mg vicodin at night and not any during the day, it might not seem like you need it but it depends on if you will be able to resist temptation ( cravings) and if you can go thru the withdrawal and still be able to do all you need to get done. When someone is dependent/addicted to an opiate, it disrupts and damages the neurotransmitter to receptor site connections so the brain can NOT release it's own opiate naturally. It should eventually reboot and function again, but depending on the damage, it could take between 5 days and a few weeks. The true purpose of suboxone opiate replacement therapy is to give the brain a chance to heal, get you thru withdrawal and to quell cravings while you get the necessary counseling that will help you stay off opiates. If you have been doing this the better part of ten years, how long has it been since you did NOT take 30 mgs of oxycodone per night. If it was recently, and you had no withdrawal, you may be fine without it as long as you can ignore cravings. If you have not gone without for at least 6 months to a year, you will likely have at least some withdrawal and it could be mild to moderate, depending on how bad the damage is to the brain sites. You would probably benefit from addiction therapy either route you choose, to keep you from relapsing.
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