... addicted to opiates since I was 13 and I am now 23. I was a candidate for the sub program when I was 18 but moved away and the doc told me if I ever decided I wanted to go through with it to contact her... WELL... I tried and they told me that I had to be referred by a professional now... So I have been forking out an extra $150 a week, on the street, to avoid w/d's... I need HELP!!!
That's horse shit, you don't need a referral to see a doctor who prescribes suboxone. I think it sounds like they want you top see a pain specialist maybe??? Try suboxone.com and there you will find a doctor locater. Get a list of prescribing doctors in your area and start phoning until you get a appointment. Shouldn't be a problem at all. Good luck...
Yeah like Dave said check out the suboxone website. There's also a website for Methadone which is cheaper but hard to get off. The methadone clinic website it TurnToHelpNow.com. Also getting of Suboxone isn't hard. You may experience a day or 2 of fever like symptoms then it's over. I think you should check out a rehab center that can help with the psychological problems which comes with the addiction if you're not already seeing a psychologist. Good Luck!
I've been on Suboxone for 4 months now. I go to a psychiatrist that's experienced w/ addiction and I didn't need a referral to see him. I'm giving you the phone # of the Here to Help Program, they provide support during the suboxone treatment, 24/7 online access to tools and info, help finding the right counseling options, and several other things. I bet they could help you locate a doctor in your area. The # is 866-973-4373. I was addicted to hydrocodone for approx. 10 years, tried quitting cold turkey and w/ Methadone, and I can't say enough good things about how much the Suboxone has helped me. Between the website mpvt gave you and this phone #, you should be able to find the help you need. Good luck to you. Just out of curiosity, what do subs go for on the street? I have good insurance. I take 8 mg a day and my 30 pills just cost me $40.00.
I don't know how many you're taking a day, but the $40.00 covers 1 months supply, so if I was on a higher dose, it would still be 40. Of course, everybody's insurance is different. My prayers are w/ you. L.
LauraJry is right. The HERE TO HELP Program is a great option. I'll give you the run down. First you call the number, They ask if you are currently seeing any doctors. They get basic information about your life and addiction.They ask you if you need help finding a psychiatrist or psychologist. Then they send you a free booklet with a journal, goal setting, and a card to put in your wallet so if you get into an accident the ER will know you're currently on suboxone. They call you weekly for the first month or so and to talk to a counselor (maybe not a professional counselor but still). They also send you bi-weekly e-mail to keep you motivated. Hope this helps a little.
- Suboxone Information for Consumers
- Suboxone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Suboxone (detailed)
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