... wanted to be on it for a month or two. Now my husband is insisting I take it as long as the doctor says too (2 years). I've been on sub before and I know what the w/d is like. For me, nothing ever compares to methadone w/d, but it is still bad enough. I just want to be off everything... isn't that what being "clean" means? My husbands concern is me relapsing with H again. I really just want to be clean. He insists on giving it to me in the morning before he goes to work now. When I was taking it, I was not taking the 20mg the doc prescribed. I only took 4-8 mg knowing that the w/d would be less worse than the higher dose. Husband found out and was furious. I don't want to lose him and he said he will leave if I don't "follow the program". What to do?
I know this will be hard, but, see if you can find a counselor who can help you talk to your husband and make him understand how suboxone works and how hard the withdrawals are and that you are not being "disobedient, just logical in keeping the dose down. Doctors are not who are taking the meds, we are and we do know how withdrawal feels and how they are caused. I hope you find an answer. I will be saying some Prayers for you. Hang in there.
I agree with pattishan and ddog. Only you knows your own body, and the doctor isn't the one taking the medicine. But it's not easy when you're husband's envolved threatening to leave you either. I understand. I would agree with pattishan and try to get a mediator of some kind in there to help and try to talk with him and try to get this resolved, because I know this is no way to live for you. I will keep you in my prayer's and I do so hope this all works out for you subnrs37. We are all here for you, and we understand. God Bless. Ruth
Dear subnrs... listen sweetie, it sounds like your husband just needs to be educated on suboxone. There are good sub docs out there and then there are those that, in my humble opinion, are not so great. I happen to have an excellent sub doc.
Firstly, let me say that I agree with the other three that have already responded... pattishan, Dick, and, baby. Noone here knows suboxone better than Pattishan61 and Robert_325. Both of them will tell you that most sub docs out there put patients are way too much suboxone. I don't know exactly what opiates you were taking or for how long, but many times only 2 mg is needed to do the job. The main goal of suboxone therapy is to take away the cravings after, of course, it relieves you from WD symptoms. Suboxone is a tool to our getting over our opiate addictions. Most of the time 6 months is all it takes to do it's job. It allows our brains to heal, reboot itself so to speak.
While we are using opiates we sprout many extra opiate receptors in our brain... this is why we go through WD. All of those extra receptor sites are begging to be occupied. It takes time for those extra receptor sites to be reabsorbed by the body's reticuloendothelial system. The opiate in suboxone, buprenorphine is different. It does not sprout extra receptor sites. It just stays put, so to speak... but VERY tightly. After 6 months or so, sometimes a year... not more, the brain has gotten rid of all those extra receptor sites. This is the time most of us can start weaning. Pattishan has an excellent weaning schedule if you click onto her avatar you can read it. It is a slow process but she is living proof, along with many others here, that it can be done without experiencing any ill effects. Physical activity is a big part of this process to help the brain start producing it's own endorphins. If you experience cravings during that time you may need a little more time. This is it in a nutshell.
Patti is 100% accurate in telling you to get an addiction counselor. The suboxone people who make the drug also recommend addiction counseling as another tool and say that suboxone should not be taken without the additional help of an addiction counselor. This person will also help your husband to understand. The addiction counselor helps you to delve into those reasons why you needed to use opiates in the first place. You will also learn triggers that may lead to relapse. This is all part of recovery. I would also suggest getting involved in a good AA group. All of this will help you in your recovery and will keep you accountable and well psychologically.
Let your husband read this if he is open to it.
I wish you all the luck with this. Come here often when you need help or support. Soon you will also be able to help people like yourself.
I will keep you in my prayers and will pray that your husband will have an open mind. I will also pray that you will be led to an excellent addiction counselor who is knowledgeable on the subject of suboxone. The suboxone website has a list of counselors that it recommends. All you have to do is plug in your zip code.
Stay stong my dear... many blessing to you and many hugs... pup
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