I have tried teas, music, acupuncture,meditation, nothing has helped i have tried a few different meds but nothing seems to make a difference. i dont know if it is just from being off the drugs or from the suboxone or if its just me and i need to get over it some how? i think my doctor just thinks im fishing for pils but honestly i cant leave my house and more with out being on the verge of a panic attack. i am unmotivated and scared i will never get back to my normal fun, happy, adventurous self. I want to stop taking the suboxone so i can for one fully stop being dapendent on a pill but also so i can get on with my life. Has anyone else ever felt this way ? Will a ever be able to feel normal and healthy ?
I have been on suboxone for about 6 months now and I am almost paralized by anxiety?
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I have been on suboxone for 6 months now. For the first 3 months i was taking 8mg 3 times a day.during that time i was put on cymbalta which made my anxiety and depression worse so i was taken off that and put on lexapro and trazadone.however i still had panic attacks about once a week as well as intense anxiety in the morning . I also have pretty advanced arthritus in my hands knee and back. which has gotten worse from all the drug filled years of not taking my medicine. im not on meds for the arthritus yet. I get accupuncture are back treatments every week.I was taken off the lexapro and trazadone and slowly lowered to 1 1/2 8mg suboxone everyday. and yes i have been going to NA and AA meetings which have been so helpful and amazing. i have a wonderful family and a few really great friends. I also am requiered by my doctor to see a psychologist 2 a month . I simply cant afford anything more suboxone isexpensiive enough!
my drug history ii guess i have been doing drugs and drinking off and on since i was 14 i really got into ex,cocaineand pills when i was 17 but off and on when i was 19 i became addicted to oxy and that progressed into a full blown heroin addiction. I have been sober for about 7 months not and feel really good about my sobriety at this point. he only thing holding me back and i am saying with all honesty is my anxiety . it traps me from going to school beacuse i have panic attacks in the parking lot and i cant go in or i feel so anxious when i wake up i cant get our of bed for an hour. i am constantly late or not doing things i love and need to do because of my anxiety and i feel like my doctor thinks im fishing for pills but i have honestly tried everything natural i can try and have done all the therapy i can afford. i am going to be going off suboxone soon and truly feel that there has to be something that can help me ceause i cant keep doing this .thanks to all of u for answering my Q's sorry if i have jumped aroound alot i hope you get the gist of wat im saying
The 2 gentlemen who have answered you are excellent. Have you always had an anxiety problem or did it start after you started suboxone? I read your post a couple of times and I didn't see therapy or counseling in the list of things you tried. It will help and it doesn't mean you are crazy and really doesn't have the stigma it once did. When I started suboxone, I was at my lowest point. I thought if I treated my opiate dependence, everything else would be rosy. I felt really guilty and ashamed, like everyone could look at me and tell I was a drug addict. One of the first things my doctor said to me is that I wasn't a junkie, junkies don't want help. But I did feel that way. I went to a group where most of us were on suboxone and some were alcoholics. It took just a few meetings and I began to feel more comfortable with them. My boss and co-workers helped by telling me that they were proud and happy that I sought treatment.
Support is critical to overcome any addiction. Do you have anyone who is supporting you? Of course we are here for you. Sounds like you are getting agoraphobia and that is triggering a panic attack. Initially I was scared to drive on suboxone and did have a panic attack the second day on it. One of the guys in my group immediately realized I looked bad and felt even worse. This guy was a pretty big smart alec and not apt to feel sorry for anyone, he was dry and cynical, but, he knew I needed help. His answers were always the best and group helped me tremendously. AA or Na will work and are basically free. No one will judge you because you are all in there for the same thing. Yeah, you will feel out of place at first, but, you don't have to share at the meetings at first. Just introduce yourself, by a nickname if you are that frightened and then say you pass, you just want to listen. Listen for others to say they are addicts and try to talk to them privately after the meeting. I do think support will help you. Accepting that you have to take suboxone for now is going to help. You have done a tremendous thing to help yourself and those that love you by starting treatment. Try to focus on how good a thing you did. Read Robert and mpvt (Dave) post for other suboxone questions. They really have helped me. I'll say some prayers for ya, I know how ya feel. AA and NA are strictly annonymous.
I'm a lot like you. A lot! I started taking buspar 5mg everyday, but not the same time as the suboxone. It has really helped. If I take them too close together I get really drowsie. I hate anxiety and I dont know why mine has gotten worse. When I try to decrease my suboxone by 25% as suggested, the anxiety is ridiculous and I cant do a thing but lie on the phone about how I cant work that day!!! Its seems like everything triggers the anxiety, not enough sub - too much sub - one day I think I got the answer and the next day I forgot what that answer was... so, I might be a mess : (. I will keep reading posts from others so I can get help too. Thanks bringing up the problem. I hate it... didnt want to write about it. oh, just so you know, Ive been on 10-12mg a day. I take 12mg in the morning and 2mg later in the day. That might be my problem but I dont know what to do to change it. (No that is not what Dr. recomended)
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