The nurse said I should not have taken anything for 12 hrs. when I arrive for my appt. I cant help but go into panic mode. The appt is Thurs at 4. Any words of encouragement?
First off, I want to congratulate you in your life changing decision. It is normal to be scared because this is a big deal. The good thing is that you only need to be in WDs for about 12 hours and what I have heard from the other awesome people on here that once you take the new meds you may not be feeling the WDs any more. I've never actually done the treatment myself so I may not be the best person to shell out advice but I had to, at the very least, congratulate you. Please keep us posted. You have found wonderful support posting here and if you are comfortable you are more than welcome to add me as a friend and message me whenever you would like. Good luck.
12 hours of WD is easy!! You can do that standing on your head, promise!!
Once you are inducted, VOILA, no more WD, within 20 minutes or so you'll be yourself again. I am no sub expert, but I've friends on this site that ARE experts at suboxone and they will answer your Q soon.
Try not to go into panic mode because it will only add to the stress of the situation!! Easier said than done, I know.
May I ask what opiates you are taking? If you don't want to answer that I understand. But please know that you will be just fine, you can do it!!
Do you have to go to work for any of the 12 hours before induction, or can you take some time off?
Best wishes amberwish, you are going to be in great shape!!!
Welcome to the site. As the other two sweet ladies pointed out this is a great place to be and you are about to be in relief. I have to interject though, that you base your induction more on a scale than a time frame. I can tell you where to look for the info they are going to base your induction on, but I think it best to go into this with an open mind. That way you aren't looking for things to be there that don't necessarily have to be there. No hidden meaning here, just saying what I think most of us did at your stage of it, and read too many things and worked ourselves up into a tizzy. Don't need to do that. It truly is a great regime for getting off of meds and I promise you WILL feel better!
And, once you are stable on your new medications you will most likely feel so good you will want to clean your house. I did. And, I hate housework. I even washed the blinds. Seriously! lol
So good to have you here, Amber and we will be here for you always.
Please feel free to check in with us and let us know how you are doing. We will be thinking of you on Thursday!
Best to you,
I am the same way. No one knows I am on suboxone but me. Well the people here do. I remember typing the same question 3 months ago. I was going to sub Dr and I was too scared. I quit the Oxycotins on my own . I still had some when i went but I also knew the party was long over, tired of the drug ruling my life. The suboxone work. I take just 2mgs per day and function at a highly streesful job. I pretty much am doing ok. Sure there are cravings but i realize I can and need to live my life without the pain pills. If it takes awhile on teh suboxone then so be it, better then chasing down pills all the time when i ran out. Before I took the suboxone I was sick every day. I wanted to get through cold turkey but ran out of time.
You can do this. PUP who is also a member here, did it. She was the same as we, scared and had enough. It is a big step, you get the right dose of suboxone you will feel fine. There is going to be a day when we have to get off the suboxone, but many here have me encouraged, once you taper down teh right way the weening off thema nd the withdrawals are not as bad as getting off the opiates.
I hope you stay positive and go with an open mind. It can not be any worse then the cycle you must want to get off. I thought i too could not see myself functioning without my pain pills. Now I do not see how I was able to for so long. For years I took pill after pill. It was they were my life. My partner, no way I would survive without them. I did and I am. And you know what? I am proud of myself for the first time in a long time. Sure I get depressed, often everyone does, we tend to blame it on pills, or no pills whatever, it is part of life. That is why I like this support group. Many many changes to take place physically and mentally, you are taking a BIG first step. I bet in a few days, maybe by friday even, you will be very happy you went to the Sub DR.
My beat wishes
Amber~ congrats on taking the step to get well. I know your nervous but trust once your off those nasty little pills and have the subs to help you get life on track, you will feel great. 12 hours clean may feel hard to do but convince yourself you can do it and know it will be so worth it! I'm sure someone has explained to you what can happen if you take the subs too soon with precip. Withdrawal. You don't want that!! Maybe take some benedryl if you get the urge for pain meds and that will help you to sleep to 4pm. Plus if the doctor thinks you used not long before your appointment he may not prescribe the subs. Stay strong!! Good luck!
Hello dear Amber... this is ... I am so sorry I have not been in touch... very busy work schedule this week. Listen... i was where you are tonight about 6 weeks ago... I KMOW what you are going through right now... and Jilly is right... post, post, post... it will keep you sane. The people I'm this group are wonderful. I just "happened" on this group... and I believe that God led me here... I had prayed and prayed that He would take away my cravings for Vicodin, Lortabs, Norco... I also prayed that He would give me someone in whom I could confide. Nobody in my life knew that I had this problem... I needed so badly to talk to someone who understood what I was going through. All of a sudden this site popped up in front of me as I was doing some research on suboxone. And I started reading posts and threads... at least I know what a thread is now!!! Lol...
I took the plunge and wrote my desperation down into words... immediately I had wonderful new friends coming to my aid... just as see that you have in this thread... Jilly, Patti, Sweet Lemon, Laurie, Von, Coby, Thor... and sorry if I am missing anyone. But these wonderful folks started giving me this wonderful support. They took me in their arms and comforted me through the horrible time period that I know you are going through right now. Your are almost there my dear... this wicked control that these pills have reigned over your life is soon to be history. You are taking a wonderful positive step toward having control of your life again.
I do know what you are feeling when you say that you are not sure that you want to give up the pills. This is all you have known for sooo long.
It is feeling like you are losing your best friend... for that is kind of what these drugs have been for so long... that is how I saw it... but I, like you, knew that it had to stop. Sooner or later i could have been caught, especially with the Prescription Drug Monitoring Plans that are in so many states. Florida was just implementing their plan... and i knew that I would be caught... and could have lost so much in my life... I am sure you have had these same feelings and fears. You are making such a very wise decision.
You are now only hours away... and I guarantee you that in 20 minutes, as others have also told you, that you will feel 100% better. You will see, my dear... just trust us... it will be so. And your cravings for opiates will ne gone also.
As Jilly said there are different opinions over how long one should be on suboxone. It is an individual thing. But I would not worry about this right now. Just worry about feeling better first.
As others have stated here... your brain has to kind of reboot itself and heal... eliminating all of those thousands of extra receptor sites that your body has produced from opiate usage... that is the deceptiveness of opiates... they keep up regulating your brain to produce more and more receptor sites... hence, you need more and more to satisfy the occupancy of those sites. Buprenorphine which is the opiate in suboxone has a much greater affinity for those sites so it sort of kicks the other opiates out of the way and occupies those sites. The nice thing about buprenorphine is that it does not up regulate so the body does not need more and more and more because of extra receptors. In time your body gets rid of all of those extra receptor sites... this is what is meant by "healing" and rebooting, so to speak. I have done quite a bit of reading on sub... and pharmacology is a big part of my work... but I learned the most about sub from the folks here... mainly Pattishan... I call her the resident guru on suboxone. She has an amazing way of helping you to understand. I understand that her computer is on the blink bit I know she will be back soon and will be here to help. Coby and Jilly are also good sources for info. They were here a couple of months prior to my joining but I still feel that we are in kind of in the same class together. So maybe we will all graduate together!!!
I know that you want to be on the lowest dose possible. Most of us wanted that. I started on 2 mg strips twice a day. I went up to three times a day briefly but am now back to twice a day. I am hoping to drop to once a day soon... and then will probably hover there for a while. Don't be too anxious to get off too soon... it is possible to relapse if you get off too soon. And, finally, I cannot stress enough, as others have, the importance of getting an addiction therapist and as Jilly suggested, maybe getting in a new group of AA or NA... although I am sure that your old group would understand.
I am so sorry this has been so long winded... I know how I was helped when I came here... and you sound so much like I did... you WILL be OK.
I can't tell you how many blessings I have experienced since off the opiates.
My dear Amber... I will keep you in my prayers... you are going to be fine... good luck tomorrow and let us know how it went and how you feel.
God Bless You... all my best...
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