... like to stop taking subs before getting another habit . How much longer should I take them or does anyone have a remidy ? Or should I stop now?
I've never heard of taking subs for meth addiction. Are you taking them to detox? Once you detox do you have a plan for continued recovery? My answer would depend on why you are using them and how long do you need to use them? If you can stop the subs and and not go back to the meth that would be good. I would hate to see anybody get another habit if it can be safely avoided.
I was on pain meds for pain for12 years. But as tolerance increased so did the meds. So for the last five years of it, I used methadone, but refused to raise it. So, 14 months ago, after several attempts to stop, I went off cold turkey. It was hell. After a couple weeks of being as sick as a dog I gave in and tried the suboxeone. Yes, I too feel it is trading a drug for a drug, but was able to figure out an easy taper, it just takes patients and you can not go off quickly.
So, here is my receipt for tapering. Use the sublingual tapes. So you are on basically at half a strip, 4 mg. Start tapering right now. You need a calendar, a friend and a millimeter ruler. Ready, measure two strips and divide them in thirds. Take 1/3 a day either at waking or sleeping, which ever works better for how you react to the stuff, for six days. Then divide the next strip into 1/4ths. Take one a day for four days. Divide the next one into 1/5ths and take for five days. See the pattern? Keep going until you get to eigths. After eight days, divide one last strip into eight little squares. Only take one if you feel any physical withdraw symtoms, for me it was always leg cramps and diareah. Now, mark the calendar with the day and time you take an 1/8th piece and just try not to think about it. You may not need it after your last eight days at one eigth, but if you do no shame, just make sure you do your best to go more hrs or days between these last little bits. This is where you really need to make sure to use the calendar, so you can make down the last time and day you took a piece. I went about 2 days, then three days and then just found I forgot about it and didn't need it anymore. Do not try to taper fast than this. I tried to go faster several times and all I got was sick! Then my Dr. And I worked out this taper and it works. I never finished the last strip. Oh, the friend is for helping you to stick to the taper plan if you don't trust yourself. Marking each day will also help you from accidentally taking two doses on the same day. I say a drug is a drug is a drug and if it make us sick to miss a dose, we don't need it in our lives. You have done so well to get this far! Finish it up and make yourself free! If this is confusing or if you have any questions, feel free to write, God bless, good luck and hang in there! Sincerely, Harmony
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