day I went to rehab for a week was taken suboxen when I was there but when I left they cut me off maybe because I had no insurance. Well I feel like crap what should I do?
Hey Mz. turtle,
Welcome to the site. Unfortunately, you are going to experience withdrawals. How much, not sure. You may have residual withdrawal from the vics as you weren't on the Suboxone very long. I suppose the rehab doesn't understand that Subxone has to be taken for a period of time (at least 3 to 6 months) to be effective. It takes time for the brain to heal and for the patient to mentally prepare to be opiate free. The Suboxone therapy is suppose to be accompanied by addiction's therapy so to learn how to stay clean.
To combat the withdrawals, you can google the Thomas recipe for opiate withdrawal. It is a list of mostly over the counter meds which will help with withdrawals.
If you have the money to pursue the use of Suboxone further, you can find a doctor by going to the Suboxone.com site and using the doctor locator. You'll have to call some of the doctors' offices and get prices for their programs and then you'll have the cost of the Suboxone.
Please don't relapse and start using opiates again even if the discomfort becomes intolerable. It will pass, I promise. There are lots of wonderfully supportive people on this site. Please keep in touch. We will help anyway we can.
Hi Mz. turtle,
I'm sorry to hear this. I'm sorry to hear that both, this happened to you, but also that a detox center is so stupid as to think that 5 to 7 days of Sub can help someone. So I agree with what Laurie told you. But to try and expand on that, you have some decisions to make. If you can't find a way to afford long term use with Sub to get opiate free, then I'd say don't take it anymore. It's easier to do a detox off short term opiates than off of Sub or Methadone. What I mean is if you want to get the OTC meds in the Thomas recipe, as well as a few prescription drugs any doc can give you, then don't take anymore Sub nor Methadone.
There is something else you can look into. I'm hesitant to mention this because I don't know how well it works. This is something my personal doc came up working with some other addictionologists. For people who don't want to go on Sub, or can't, they're using Zofran in an off label way, and my doc says it almost stops withdrawal symptoms. Then, once you've been off opiates 11 days, they add to it Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN). That means 4 mg of Naltrexone taken before bed. They say this makes the depression and bad feelings associated with detox go away. So you'd have to ask some docs in your area if they heard of this, and if they'd be willing to try it with you.
Other common meds used to help in detox are Clonidine to lower blood pressure and calm you down. Baclofen helps stop the shakes and the rls. And finally Trazodone is often used to help a person get some sleep. These are meds any doc can prescribe, he doesn't need a special license for it. None of this is easy, but it will be worth it.
Of course you could chose to relapse. But that's the worst idea. You probably already feel like you don't know where you've been for the last 5 years. Opiates are like that. They make all of the time you spent taking them blur into 1 long time where you feel like you weren't there. It's like someone else was in your body, but it wasn't you. That's what will happen again, if you chose to relapse. So I hope you don't do that. There are many insurance companies that will cover Suboxone. But I don't know what it costs to buy a plan. You might check with Wellcare. They cover Sub. Check to see what a plan costs. It might be less than paying for Sub, and they may also cover other things you now pay for.
And let us know how you're doing.
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