I've spent the last 13 years of my life abusing opiates, such as heroin, oxy's until I was 20. At that point I had lost everything and was juggling a crack addiction to boot, so I decided to try methadone thinking it was an easy way out, though I knew it was bullshit, I continued to use and withdrawal from the world for a good 5 years. By this time I was done mentally and physically, I had no life or emotion left in me and I wanted to die. So in my usual cowardly way it took me a long time to taper down and then quit. It took a whole month to feel better it was terrible and then another 3 months to emotionally recover. What I found after climbing out of my coma was life, love and energy, it was like I was born again and I moved to California with some old friends who really cared for me and then had to much fun drinking and partying all day until I broke down and met someone at work who had access and used methadone. Can you believe that, I moved thousands of miles and I had to meet the one guy who not only used opiateS but the one opiate I loved. So, once again I was using and I had just met an awesome woman who is now my wife. After 3 months, I decided to find a doc who prescribed suboxone. Thinking it was better than methadone and realizing that I needed time to work out the demons that have been haunting me for 20 years. So, after 2 years here I am trying to cut down and I'm now at 1.5 mg. I'm wandering what I should do from here and how to finish? Obviously, I have had my share of experience detoxing from every opiate, but I would like to hear from others who have successfully detoxed and stayed clean. What's your secret? Any feedback at all would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Dear MFC, I found that dropping and stabilizing in 2 week intervals kept me from having withdrawals. If you will click on my avatar and read my profile story, it has all the tips I used to get off suboxone and the taper schedule, I started walking for exercise when I was at 1 mg and when I got to .25, i started skipping a whole day in between doses and when I jumped 3 1/2 weeks later, I was fine, no withdrawal. I had a couple of nights here and there that it was hard to stay asleep and a couple days of mild mild tummy twinges and that was it. I have been clean and subfree for 10 months now. Read my profile story and have faith in yourself too. You can do this. Used2be, ski801, and UNLVgrad here all did the same type of slow taper I did and they are all fine here too, you can read their profiles too if you want. Patti
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