Now I am realizing that I enjoy suboxone even more than I enjoyed my norco habit. How do you all seem to taper so easily on your own? I tried when I found this site after my first dose of suboxone and I couldn't do it. Any encouragement out there and ideas on how I can taper at least a little because I don't want to just trade drugs. I am in a day treatment and I'm doing AA but I don't have a sponsor yet. help!
Chetola, it's something you will really have to want to do. You own it! It's your life. Take it back. Whatever you decide to do, we can only encourage you, support you, and give you a few pointers and suggestions. No one said it was easy. Believe me, trying to quit anything that makes us feel good is hard to do! The safest and less painful way to decrease your dosage is to taper down as slowly as you can. Do you want to taper down or quit all together? Either way, you will need to set yourself an "END DATE" even if it's 2 months from now. Take a little chip off of each pill every other day. Don't fear the end date, look at it as a start date, a new beginning, a revival of the former self. Start getting in to some things that make you happy, keep your mind positive about doing this.
We all miss out on so much in life when all we think about is, when are my pills gonna run out, do I have enough money to get a few extras if I run short? Our lives end up revolving around the pills rather than us evolving in to better, healthier people. I'm addicted too. I can't live without pain killers. But I know that someday I too will have to walk the walk and not just talk the talk. Now is not the time for me. But since you posted this question now, obviously it is your time. May I ask why you take the subs? Was it to quit other opiates? There are several members here that are prescribed subs who know a great deal more than I do! All I can offer is my support and to let you know you are not alone in this battle. Set a date, divide up your subs, slowly taper, and get your life back.
hi,just wrote a long explanation of why its easier after a few months of why it get that way.be patient it will come too you also. it took me about 5-6 months to start to fell comfortable on sub. i was up to 24mg 8mg 3x a day.after 1 year im on 4mg 2x a day. add people in suboxone and subutex groups as friends every one will tell you the same thing.your gonna get tired of sub after a while. try to join suboxone chatrooms.there all over the internet.ill take with you later,dinners ready and im starving. ttul.
Thank you for the encouragement. I am one of the unfortunate people who had an injury and got addicted to my pain medicine. I was first introduced to Vicodin when it was prescribed to me for tendonitis in my ankles in 1989, it really helped and I took it as directed daily for a month or so-- then switched to motrin and didn't think too much about it. About 5 years later I hurt my neck and the first thing I thought of was pain medicine, it helped but it started a cycle of me being on and off pain medicine until I was taking more and more norco everyday just to feel normal, I'd been taking Norco daily for at least 6 years until June of this year (2010) when my doctor told me it was time to get off of it because my liver function was abnormal... So,
I started taking Suboxone because I wanted to get off Norco. I'm in a day rehab where we have group sessions 4 days a week and are required to take drug tests and go to 4 AA meetings per week. It's a great program and I'm doing well but I know that I've gone from one drug to another and that concerns me. I'm worried about how difficult it is going to be to say goodbye to all drugs and walk away. Yes! I want to be drug free. I already know that my pain and my various injuries along with my fibromyalsia are not as bad as I thought, so yes, I do think I will be able to deal with the pain issues but opiates are my friend and it's hard to say goodbye.
My original question was just... I don't see how people can just taper themselves. You guys have amazing willpower!
Subzero, I'm going to have to just trust that I will get through this but I really appreciate what you said, it gives me hope and now maybe I can relax a little and just 'breathe' for a while.
Chetola, I am in the same boat, struggling to get off Norco, but in my case my refill us up soon so it's no choice, I must go back to Suboxone. It does help, but I always find my way back somehow. I read a post about seeking out Suboxone support groups and I that's what I'm going to do. Best wishes.
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