How can I get my question to him thru this forum. I really want help tearing off suboxone. I have been on it for 10 months and started at one 8mg pill twice a day. I slowly cut down on my own, and now I break the 8mg tab into 6 pieces. I take one 1/6 piece in the am and a second 1/6 piece in the pm. Like many Im in fear of potential withdrawals. I am currently in a major transition period in my life. I have great family and friends who provide a lot of support, however I have never shared any of my problem with pain pills, and now suboxone, with anyone except my sub doc. I have been able to "hide" things well, maintained a highly successful career, etc. And now I'm just tired and everyone thinks I'm depressed, and I am and although I have come a long way alone, I feel like I've been lying for so long. That said, I think I feel the need to taper off already because time keeps passing and soon it will be a year on subs. I don't want to be a slave to this or any other drug, I also feel like putting this "hiding" behind me. I don't know, for the first time I'm finally face to face with a situation that I can't just solve overnight. Any feedback is welcome. I would love to hear from Rob, wherever you are :). I would love to hear successful stories from people who managed to taper off suboxone with positive outcomes. I don't mean any criticism to those who've posted difficulties with withdrawals, I'm just in a place right now where I need hope from others that it's possible, regardless of the work I need to put into it. I realize my question has become a mini-series, I could go on and on, but I'll leave something for my next post or question. I really needed to vent. Whoever is reading this, thank you for taking the time to do so, and I wish you success in your journey wherever that may be right now. Thank you. T
You can reach Robert_325 by clicking on the link below the blue tool bar above for the discussion board/forums and posting a thread. He usually repsonds pretty quickly. There are a couple other members here, pattishan61 and used2be who have their successful taper discussed in their profile. You can search them out from your "friends" page using the search window. You are on the right path. Slowly reducing your dosage every few weeks. Done slow enough, you can get off the Suboxone without much withdrawal. We are here to support your progress and will do anything we can to help.
Since you are now friends, you can send him a personal question by looking to the left of your screen under your name it sys "Friends". click on that, & his name will appear. Click on his Avatar & you will be asked if you want to ask him a personal question in the green box. Click that & go from there...
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Hello Theresa15, I am in the same situation as you are. I will provide you and send to you all my hope I can garner. I know why you are taking the suboxone and if you read my profile you can see why I decided to take it. I had truly tried my best not to but right now I am very glad I did. I feel like you do, tired, guilty, and scared have from day one, that the withdrawals are eventually doing to be there when I stop taking the suboxone. It is said that "Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions." True mostly but it does not have to be in this case. I do feel much better about it after hearing about so many success stories and talking to some wonderful people here. It proves it can be done and maybe the fear I have will be a lot worse then the actual withdrawals when I taper right. I have spoken to my Dr about this and he has had many paitients that have successfully tapered down to zero and continue to see him and feel fine. They, like me, were more depressed when they were on the suboxone then when they were finally off it. But, it is necessary for many to make the step from Oxycotin ( like me ) to being off pain pills entirely. The suboxone rights the ship so to speak. You have been on it longer then I and you probably know better then me how it does take away the desire for the pain pills.
I too have a career. In fact I have companies in 3 cities. Employees who think I am the most motivational person they know. And I am but they have no idea about my pain and my secrets. Sure they all knew when i had surgeries and hospital stays but they all would be shocked to find out I was dependant on pain pills. I am not able to have a confidant at work. It is just part of the territory. And it is so lonely. Never mind that is helpful to have collegues to be able to vent to but having them to lean on and share your imperfect world with is even more theraputic. I have neither. It is why I read this site now everyday since I have found it. It is my therapy. To see when someone leaves me a note or to see someone cares makes my day! No one judges me nor do they know or expect me to be perfect. It has been the best therapy for me. I hope for you it also is helpful.
I see you doing the same as I. You are on a low dose and the taper plan you adopt and adhere to will be successful. We both know there will be some withdrawals so I am going to, when I do taper off, plan a vacation for a week. I probably will start weeks before to get down to .25 or so then when I go without I am going to suck it up like on a Friday and hope by the next week I will be able to return to work. I plan on tapering for 60 days then the last week the 7 days away from work. You do not know how badly I want this to be over. One of my main reasons is to be able to actually answer questiosn like yours to prove it can be done, to help others and it is not as terrible as we NOW feel it is. Such a low dose with the right taper plan I am hoping will make this my reality. I truly hope the same for you. Remember I went cold turkey off the oxycotins for weeks all by myself before finding this site and then going to a Suboxone Dr. The worse time of my life. By the way, he told me it is not uncommon to be on the suboxone for a year, to right teh ship , the way he put it.
The Dr and the support groups here, both have been extremely helpful and I am confident that they will help me make my final step. I can tell you are strong and do not want subs to dictate your lifes schedule. That strength alone with the support from many people here will see you through. I am sure you are on the right track and seeing how low the dose you have been taking, you are close and soon you will be back in charge. I so look foward to your progess and ultimate success! If you like I will share mine. Yes Theresa15, it is a journey and no matter how successful our careers are ultimately this will be the most rewarding journey of our lives. Hope you ask for! You will get plenty from people here, but I hope you use your determination, the obvious will power you have and the support system to take that journey. You will take charge of your life and feel GREAT knowing that you're in control.
My best regards and wishes. My last quote; Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live" !
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