... several periods of recovery.The longest on methadone.Five years on methadone was great except for only being able to get weekly carrys.As you get your life back and want to be spuratic its an issue.Also when i made an attempt to go on it this time it was more difficult.I expected that the methadone would kill the cravings for the oxycontin but it didnt.The last time i was on methadone i was coming off of iv dilaudid.I have never tried to detox from oxycontin so i dont know what made it different but at the end of trying i was on both oxycontin and methadone.My latest attempt was suboxone and the dr. gave it to me when i was still under the influence of the oxycontin.,so i went into withdrawl.Anyway we are to start again on the 26th of march and i dont know what root to take.I hate withdrawl and even a little nearly kills me so the going on suboxone is frightening to me especially after the other days experience.Does anyone have experience with both methadone and suboxone and if so which was best for you.Also weight loss is an issue.Methadone was great i gained weight and i have heard that with suboxone you might lose weight i cant afford any weight loss. thanks
I was actively abusing huge amounts of opiates daily for almost 25 years before I got on methadone. I have luckily never experienced withdrawals and hopefully I never will. Methadone is a excellent drug for long term addicts as ourselves. It tends to do more harm for addicts that haven't been abusing heavily or large amounts for less then 5 years. That is a generalization but seems to be accurate.
Most people will stabilize around the dose of 80 to 120mgs/day. There are exceptions to this rule and I happened to be one of them. I actively abused right up until I hit 250mgs/day of methadone. Once I hit that dosage I totally stopped abusing all opiates and slowly started to come out of the addictive behavior. I stayed at 400mgs/day for about 5 years and slowly started to ween down 10% every 4-6 weeks. I have been at 110mgs for over a year now and I am doing fantastic. I'm back to work and my back pain is still under control.
When long term addicts go into recovery it takes years for recovery to really make a difference. So you need to give the methadone a chance to work. As addicts we tend to fight against recovery even when we are trying to get better. It is just the nature of the disease and we have to really try and do the right thing and not let it get it's hold back on us. We are addicts for life and we either keep it under control or we succumb to the cravings and take our chances. I prefer to stay on methadone for as long as I need to and if that's for the rest of my life then so be it. It is a hell of a lot better then spending 10's of thousands of dollars a year on opiates. I don't want to die anymore and I sure don't want to die from opiates... Hang in there, you are worth it... Dave
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