I am 30 years old and have been taking lorcets for nearly 9 years, I have been abusing them for the past 4 years. On average I can take 20 lorcet 10's a day. I dont take that many everyday, well only because I usually take my script up in less thank 2 weeks and end up having to buy them for the rest of the month, however I do not feel normal (good) if I dont take atleast 12-15 a day. I start my mornings by taking 5 pills as soon as I wake up, then i take about 3 pills at a time every 2-3 hours until my work day is over. I do have a few medical conditions that made me start taking these at all, I didnt start out just for the high lol and believe it or not I cant say that I take them now for a high, I would have to say i take them for the most part so I can just feel normal, actually get out of bed. I have been researching suboxone for about a year but honestly I have been to selfish to try it because I didnt want to give up my Lorcets. I am an hour away from my appt for suboxone today and I must say I am scared to death!! I am scared it wont work, im scared I wont let it work. That may not make sense lol but what Im trying to say is I am ready to get what I can of my life back, I dont feel its to late but im scared that craving will always be there, just waiting on me to fail. I have a pretty good bit of pain but truthfully since the lorcets I feel my pain has tripled. I am hoping that this suboxone will set me free and I can take something not addictive for my pain ( if it goes back to the way it was before the lorcets ). Has anyone tried suboxone?? anyone have any sucessful/unsecessfull stories? any advise at all would be great, any do's or dont's. I know the DR will tell you for the most part but my personal feelings are unless you have ever had to battle this demon head to head then you truly do not know just how helpless and hopeless ones life can become... thanks for reading and again any advise please.. I will also update how suboxone works for me... fingers crossed!!
Congratulations! I can't help but smile when I read that because just by coming to this website, you're telling yourself you want this. I was abusing up to 400mg of oxycontin everyday for 5 years and here I am, one month clean with no desire to go back to that. I've come so far, it's not worth it to relapse. Most people start out prescribed too much suboxone (16-32mg), where 8-16mg is plenty for most. I started taking 4mg in the morning and 4mg at night which was fine. You need to know that starting on suboxone, you are going to feel some discomfort from withdrawal. You can Google the Thomas Recipe to find some OTC remedies. Benzodiazepenes will help with sleep for the first few nights.. benadryl helped a little bit for me after that. Light exercise does a surprising amount of good, as Pattishan61 says, it reboots the body/brain eat-sleep-wake cycle. Try to keep your mind occupied.
Once you're past the 4th day clean of opiates, it slowly gets easier from there. Mostly everyone in this support group is on, was on, or are tapering off suboxone. We've all been in your shoes and are all rooting for you. Most of all, don't be scared! This is terrifying & intimidating but it is not going to kill you.. you are stronger than Lorcets. You clearly don't want them to rule your life anymore, so embrace this! It's so cliche, but this is the start of the rest of your life. Please update us as often as you can & good luck!
I was taking too many Vicodin for migraines for 3 years. Finally it got too much and like you, I'd spend 2 weeks with nothing because I took all 60 in 2 weeks: it got old. I was put on subutex first for a month, then suboxone for 7 months. It went smoothly for me. Just some headache. But my doc put me only on 4mg which was just right for me. It took away the cravings!!! That's all I wanted at the time. I don't remember any bad WD, cause I would have if I did. Then I cut myself away from them after month 8 so I could (and I"m being honest here) get back on Norcos. But the point of my story to you, is that Sub was good for me. Now that I need Norcos out of my life, I'm tapering instead of using Sub. Hope this helps a little, cathleen
May I, too, say congratulations. I was able to come off the oxycodone/hydrocodone roller coaster without the suboxone. In fact, I never even knew it existed back then. I hope that you have made a decision to either try the suboxone or slowly cut back your use of lorcet over time. The acetominophen in it alone is killing your liver and kidneys, not to mention the opiate addiction. Please, read about suboxone use on this site. There are many pros and cons, don't stay on it longer than necessary and come off it slowly.
If you haven't made your mind up about the suboxone consider tapering your dose slowly and coming off without the sub. It can be done and there are alot of supportive people here to help you.
Let us know how you are doing,
The main thing to remember about suboxone, it WILL suppress the cravings and make you comfortable. But please don't let the doc prescribe high mg's. Most do just fine on 8mg, even less. It's meant for short term use and it is addicting. It's also important to have some counseling while under the care of a subox doc. Fear of relapse is a concern. But the sub will keep you feeling ok. It's also important to reach a 26 on the (COWS) Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale. That way you'll know you're in enough of a wd to safely start the treatment. Remember, it's not meant for pain control even though it is an opiate. Be positive!!
Best wishes and please keep us posted,
Sheri, congrats, and you should do fine. Subs usually takes care of withdrawal AND craving but do the suggested therapy as well. This helps alot with craving as well and helps ensure you don't have a relapse. It will help if you are one of the people who get depressed easily and it just is more helpful to have the support. Most of us will be glad to support you on here, but the therapy, either group or individual really helps heal the emotional issues that may have triggered the opiate abuse in the first place.
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