if it's goal is to eventually wean Pts like him off the methodone? I was stunned when they told me ... NO... we don't. We keep giving it to him, and won't tapper him off only when, and if, he asks us to !! Well, I can tell them they will supply his addition, for the rest of his life, as he would NEVER ask to voluntary tapper himself off the narcotic!! What kind of people are they??? NOT make him come off... ever... as long as he wants to "keep it up!!! " That is SOOOOOOO conterproductive !!!
Is he also receiving counseling for addiction? If he isn't receiving that counseling, he won't want to taper and the emotional issues feeding the addiction will not heal either. We see the same type of non progress with the suboxone treatment, but with a knowledgeable caring doctor, and his own desire to get better, he could taper off of that. He can't just switch to suboxone, he will have to be at 30 mgs or less of methadone to even think about the switch, but it can be done. I think there are some suboxone clinics and also some methadone clinics now also use subs, but most people go to a doctor who has had to take a course in order to prescribe suboxone. You might try getting him to an addiction therapist and maybe they can help you get him to a doctor who will attempt to taper him off, and can help him with the emotional issues. Most of these clinics do start off giving the patient counseling, but they also lose the good counselors sometimes to bigger clinics or treatment facilities. The demand for counseling at that clinic may be a reason he has not received it if he hasn't. He may have to go elsewhere for the counseling, or find another clinic or doctor.
Hey long-term patient,
I agree with you whole heartedly. Seems kind of crazy to trade one addiction for another like what you describe. Needs to be a complete program including addictions counseling and temporary drug therapy. I hope that your son sees the light soon. Methadone can be a wicked drug to come off of, but it certainly can be done whether by taper alone or with the use of another medication like suboxone.
I wish you and him the very best,
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