... time about taking her off this prescription. However, she won't. I've contacted Drug & Alcohol Abuse - they tell me the doc is in for making $ off the state. I've also spoke to other MD's about this and they are in full agreement with me - she needs to be off of suboxone. My daughter's health is declining and I believe its caused by the long term use of this drug. And I believe she is addicted to it. My next move is to call the doctor and tell her that I'm going to report her to the AMA. When my daughter was first put on the program, it was to be for 3 months with big time follow ups. This is not the case. What are anyones thoughts on this? I am desparate. Thanks
It is true that alot of doctors don't make a big effort to get someone off suboxone,, sometimes there is a good reason. Suboxone is alot better for you physically than most of the other choices, legal or illegal. Certain people have to stay on it as the brain neurotransmitters and receptor sites are damaged too badly. There is not enough info in your post. I know you are frustrated and worried, and should probably let the doctor know about your concerns over your daugher's health. I have not heard of anyone having health issues while on it. Doctors usually won't talk to you about her, but, you may can get her to agree to make you her patien'ts advocate and that would allow you to get more info from the doctor.
If your daughter is a long term opiate abuser, then she may need to be on suboxone forever, but she may be able to come down on her dose.Did the doctors you consulted examine and test your daughter and tell you that suboxone was causing specific health issues, or did you simply mention your fears and without them seeing her ( or them being trained in suboxone treatment) they said she needs to be off of it. If you and she both could go to an addiction specialist therapist, you may get more answers. I personally think anyone on it needs therapy and I promise it helped me as much as the suboxone did.
I would recommend finding a new doctor that prescribes the drug. You can find a new doctor near you at Suboxone.com that can prescribe this drug. Most doctors are willing to help patients get off this drug. Addiction to Buprenorphine is possible but moderately rare. You're daughter is probably just scared about the withdrawals she will experience if she gets off the medication. This is something to bring up with her doctor. But like I mentioned you can find a new doctor anytime and drop the current doctor that she is seeing. Psychotherapy is also helpful like mentioned before. She should be seeing a Psychologist monthly which helps a lot with addiction. The most important thing I would suggest is talking with your daughter. Does she think she's addicted to the drug? Does she take more than is prescribed to her? Does she run out of drugs before the she can get the next prescription? It's important to talk with her about it and tell her your concerns.
I hope this helps and I hope you get the help you need and I hope your daughter gets the help see needs as well because addiction doesn't just effect the addict but the family as well. Take care of yourself. Good luck to you!
I am also a mother with a son on suboxone. I griped about it too - until I remembered what it was like when he was crawling around on the floor shooting up heroin or chewing oxycontin before his best friends wedding. I griped about it for awhile and he felt bad about the money and quit taking it an literally went nutty. It is horrible withdrawal and he knew better but the addict part of him wanted to show me a lesson. I went to this site and have read up on it and become knowledgable about it instead of calling it another 'drug' I believe it has good clinical applications and I know what I am talking about when I discuss it with him now. You should check into other Dr.s but I had to try and step away - co-dependency is bad for the two of us. I will end up using the drugs that I so desperately try and keep away from him. Something is very wrong with that picture. Good luck and it really is better than other opiates. It doesn't get them high - it is medicine for a change.
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