- 16 Aug 2010 by Zenguy99
- 6 September 2010
- suboxone, opiate dependence
Hello. I have been taking suboxone for about a year now - a pretty low dose for the last 5 months or so (1-2mg). I have a long history of opiate abuse, and I find the suboxone controls all cravings and has very positively contributed to my continued abstinence from other opiates. I have never abused the suboxone in any way during the year I have taken it. My doctor, who seemed content to have me on a low dose for an indefinite period, was recently informed by the DEA that he is not authorized to prescribe suboxone on a 'maintenance' basis. I got all of 4 days notice to go off of it. I have made due by dramatically reducing my dosage and am now seeking someone who is willing to at least consider a low level maintenance dosage for someone who'se life has been dramatically affected (last 30 years) by opiate adiction. All of this is well documented medically. I live in NC and am having trouble locating a doctor/psychiatrist who is comfortable with such a 'maintenance' approach. I know it is somewhat uncommon, but it IS done in many cases for those whose lives have been riddled with opiate addiction over a long term basis, and for whom treatment and AA/NA have not proved to be 'enough'.
Does anyone have any suggestions - know any providers? who would be sypathetic to such an approach. As I mentioned my history is well documented medically and so this does not require a leap of faith by the practictioner, just a theoretical willingness to use suboxone in this way for a very few appropriate cases. I live in NC, but am willing to travel if necessary. This medication has been a life saver for me and my family and I would like to continue the stability it has brought to our lives.
Thank you in advance
I feel for you and you are actually one of the first persons that I have heard this happening too. I know some docs just do detox with it but I thought thru federal law they can have up to 100 patients and they can do maintence. I am on 3mg and have been for awhile. I know people on 1 or 2mg and do fine, Would your doctor write one more script of 8mg and give you 30 of them. I always say if you are taking it as prescribed and can take a lower dose, save the rest of it for emergencies like this. I know people who are prescribed 30-8mgs and just take a quarter a day cause doctors offices have closed or because it so expensive. I would tell your doctor if thats the case, your still on his case load and you relapse and start the process over again while you look for another doctor for maintenence,I never heard of this at the federal level with the law, I live in Ma it might be different. I cant believe they regulate suboxone the way they do but you can get all the oxys you want from doctors still. I feel for you and let me know how u are doing.
I go to the clinic in Wilkesboro N.C.And they should be able to help you out look up the number at Suboxone.com I hope this is helpful to you and have a very nice day
WoW!!! Thats un real!! Theres a place in Columbia S.C Called Richland Springs.Its in patient treatment.And they would give You a reference,and as far as this Doctor, I havent heard of this before either, but I got all Ideas hes not gonna be the only one the DEA is gonna be on!! I hate that its that close to home for the people here.I noticed the last couple times, I went to my Doctor in Columbia,he acted kinda strange,really no where near friendly as before .That is bad news. We dont have a doctor in town at all everyone here has to go 50-100 miles.Anyway someone did mention some Doctors Office down in Santee S.C called " Medical Center of Santee". I think the girl said, Singleton is his name.Santee is right on 95 south.
Try 803-854-3805 good luck buddy!I really dont see how he can do this legally though, that sounds shady.I know years back DEA popped my percocet doctor and told him he was given me more pain meds than 3 cancer paitients took a month and told him he couldnt see me anymore.But I mentioned the fact that I had been on that medicene for awhile, and he did give me 1 more script to ween off he said,by law he could and was suppose to do that.Man you may ask your Doctor and tell him your scared of panic attacks and there are limited Doctors?And see what he says?Hey its worth a try!! I would like to know??? Sounds like a law suit to me... Anyway thats the deal" Suboxone doctors directory"
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