... stay on it. I have attempted discussing it with him to no avail. He told me that it is ok to be on it forever! I am so scared to do it without any guidelines or support. Is my doc getting kickbacks from the drug company? I have no insurance and spend almost $200 a month on the rx. Does anyone have advice for me? I know I got myself into this mess and take full responsability. But why do doctors treat opiate addiction with even more addictive opiates? I guess money rules the world!! I am open to any help available!
Hey frustrated and scared,
It really is a matter of what you want. If you are ready to be off the Suboxone and are comfortable with not being tempted to use once you are off it then by all means do it. It is recommended that you get addiction's counseling while on Suboxone so to help you learn the tools to stay clean, if you have learned those tools then it is time. My doctor says that it really only requires 3 to 6 months of being on Suboxone to be effective, but of course everyone is different.
I would be happy to help you with tapering off the Suboxone. If you tell us how much you are taking that would be helpful. You can also read about tapering of Suboxone at the following link:
Scroll down toward the bottom of the page and it talks about tapering off Suboxone effectively and with little withdrawal. There is also a couple people you can look up who have posted their taper plan on their profile. They are pattishan61 and used2be. If you search them from your friends page, you can read their profile and see how they successfully came off Suboxone.
dear frustrated and scared, have you done any of the addiction therapy, I highly recomment that you do as the therapist can make sure there are no emotional issues that might crop up and cause you to relapse. They are also pretty good judges of whether or not you are ready to come off of it. Are all cravings gone and have you tried to correct behaviors that might get you back into trouble. i successfully tapered off suboxone with the permission and encouragement of my dr and therapist. If you want, you can click on my avatar an look for my profile story, skip down past where i put the message "if you noticed I unfriended you," and look for a text prompt that says read more, In my story, i listed my taper schedule that worked for me and all tips that helped me as I tapered down and off,. Try not to be afraid, fear makes any symptom much worse. Please read my story and let me know if i can help you more, Pattishan61
I wish I had some wonderful insightful advice to administer to you but I am in the same exact boat as you. All I can tell you is after being on the Oxycotin for so many years (20) and wanting off it, I did just that quit. Thought I was going to die and did want to daily. After 8 weeks of misery I finally gave in and saw a suboxone Dr and have been taking 2mgs per day of the suboxone for the last 5 weeks. I have listened to many people on here and it has made a huge difference. I feel better but no matter what they say I still feel guilty taking the suboxone. But I now know for me to be successful I need to take these steps. A few more months and with the proper tapering program I will be off them. The Dr says it does not make a lot of differnce in my life. 2Mgs per day is no big deal, but it sucks to be dependant on anything or anyone. I have to depend on the suboxone so not to be sick and then depend on the Dr to call in the presciption. I hate it.
I am dealing with it much better knowing I am going to be free of them soon. It is much better then depending on the scripts for the oxys and those side effects. Will I be sick like I was before? God I hope not. I have been told if I taper right and my mind is set / made up to do so, I will experience withdrawals but no where near as severe as they were before. We shall soon find out. You are not alone. If I can do this you can. Trust the people here, Patti, sweet lemon crazy girl, sarah, lara, et all. I am smart enough to know most are indeed more knowledgeable then the Dr. Most because they have been there and done it. They suffered just as we will but because of their personal experience, ours might not be as bad. I find comfort in their words and encouragement by their support. I so hope you will soon feel the same.
All my best wishes
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