I am currently trying to withdrawl from suboxone, I initally had a problem with hydrocodone that my Dr. prescribed for my back that gives me terrible pain, anyway it began to suck the life from me I became physically dependant and took more than prescribed after building a tolorance..luckely it didn't last long and I dedeided I wanted off, an addiction specialist put me on suboxone and that was just substituting one oipate for another and kept telling me to keep taking it and coming in to see him which is very costly... I also made it clear I didn't want to take pain killers anymore..It was detroying my life, marriage, work, etc... so I have tried as best I could to taper off suboxone but it has not been easy... any suggestions for making it any easier... I do realized I will have to suffer at some point, someone has suggested to me xaxax could help with withdrawls from suboxone... and btw I blame my self and only myself for getting in this situation and also have been involved with NA..which helps to have support..thanks for listening..
Dear jlea, welcome to the site. Personally, I have heard the argument many many times that suboxone is trading one addiction for another. Properly done, I don't think it is, and in was successfully treated with suboxone and in my case, I do feel it did something to reset my brain receptors and now that I am off, I a tually can get Tylenol or advil to relieve any pain I have. I listed my taper schedule I used in my profile story and all tips I used. Please click my avatar to get to my page to read it. Clonidine and methacarbomal are also rx's that are used to help with anxiety, insomnia, tummy cramps, spasm, rls, from opiate withdrawal or subs withdrawal. And believe it or not, regular exercise like walking helps you stabilize on a lower dose of subs and when you jump off.
I am NOT a health nut, and I hate exercise, and I smoke, but I know I was able to slowly taper off and had no withdrawal, I truly believe that is why , the exercise. A man who used to be here, mpvt, gave that advice, he was a methadone patient who got up to an insane amount of methadone and used the walking to get down to his much lower maintenance dose. I hope you will stay here for support and I hope this gave you some hope. Patti
My experience only goes like this... I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia & the pain in my back & shoulders were unbearable!! I was given tramadol, vicoden, effexcor, naproxen, etc... Nothing helped & I was slowly going nuts & being tortured! My jerk of a (now ex) husband brought home subs that his brother was prescribed in rehab. He told me they'll replace all the meds I was on & help my pain! I'd do anything to function with no pain & after 1/8 of an 8mg sub I felt good, no more pain! I didn't research this magic pill but I figured 1/8 of a pill was much better then taking 40 pills a day of random meds to help me get thru the day!! 2+ yrs later my husband left, his brother got him hooked on pills that got him high, he wiped out our accounts, turned into a total junkie & him & his brother would sell the script of subs to get Oxys & various other drugs...
Leaving me with no more subs myself!! I've never been an addict I just wanted to be pain free.. I had no choice but to stop the 1/8 of subs that helped me survive the prior 2yrs!! I kid u not... I wanted to die.. The back pain, no sleep for weeks, cold sweats, depression, stomach issues, etc was driving me to suicide!!! My best advice is find a serious sleep aid & plan nothing for at least 2 weeks & do ur best to sleep thru this withdrawal period! It was unbearable... I have 2 lil kids & no help so I couldn't do that & I regret the way I punished my kids for my mistakes.. I lashed out on them, couldn't take care of them the way the needed.. I look at them & still cry because of that period of time & how I treated them!! Good luck & prepare for the worst... If u expect the worse maybe I'll get off easy & things won't be as bad as what u think they'll be!!
I had the exact same situation. Had a back surgery in 2004 and was taking percocet for pain. While I never abused the dose, I found myself feeling dependent on the drug. I called my brother, went into a detox to stop the percs, The detox wasnt bad and I couldnt understand why until I realized they were giving me a 2 mg tiny pill to put under my tongue known as suboxone. Well, once I got out of the 5 day detox I was really feeling horrible, I could barely function, so I went to my Dr. and another Dr, intercepted and started me on 8mg suboxone. OMG.. at first dose I could not believe how great I felt, I was out washing my truck and moving and grooving.. I decided to do some research only to find I was not hooked on another drug. I think the drug is great for hard core heroin users but not for some one like me who was using percs and vics.
The suboxone was much stronger than my initial drug I was getting off. I weaned myself from 8 mg 3x a day to 1 mg over a months period. Then I was in bed for 9 days kicking this crap. Each person is different. I was in a chat similar to this one, I would come to it each day and write how I was feeling and what my symptoms were. Now it has been over 3 years. I dont use any drugs for my back pain stronger that 800mg motrin. I feel the Drs dont always know just how powerful this drug is and who should and should not be taking it. I feel it is great for hard core addicts but not some one like us who were treating pain with low dose of pain pills. The hardest thing for me was I took the pain pills for 4 years and then the suboxone for almost 2 yrs. The hardest thing was the brain stuff. It took me a long time over a year to start making my own endorphins and serotonin again. To just feel happy. I was in such deep depression. But you know what.. I rode the wave, I stuck it out, I got into prayer and bible and slowly I began to get me back. I went from 6 bad days and one good day to 1 bad day and 6 good days. It does end, you can heal and get well, you just have to do the foot work. You have to make it happen and keep strong and know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I am living proof of that. Hang in there .. You can beat this. You are stronger than any drug. I will pray for you. <3
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