I am a 34 year old drug addict, i have been addicted to opiates since around 1993-94 and i have never quit. I have tried methadone but was too irresponsible, and i have just recently tried suboxone! They both work, yet i cant afford the suboxone any more i am perplexed. What do i do?
If you have to maintain forever, that is ultimately your decision. What can you do?
As far as what drug to take now to treat addiction, you may be out of luck. I've been addicted to something for about 10 years now and I'm 63. I think I'm in the same boat and, from my seat, the boat is not going to stay afloat much longer.
You could taper slowly or in a detox center and get off Suboxone. Your honesty about being irresponsible is a good thing. Honesty has to be in the foundation of getting off drugs. Our addict brain mixes truth and lies to manipulate for the next high, and soon we don't know a lie from the truth. But you didn't say you want to stop. You gotta wanna.
I've heard from my Suboxone doctor that Suboxone is going generic ... maybe in a matter of months. I haven't heard that anywhere else so it may not come about soon. If Suboxone works for you, maybe you can find a way to hang on. Do you have a plan to get off Suboxone? It's critical that you taper and not stop cold. This addiction is life and death. So many of us die. I'm no professional or statitician, but common sense tells me it's overdoses and suicides.
It helps to be sober and clean, have you tried 12 step meetings? The only requirement to attend is that you want to stop your addiction. AA is filled with drug addicts now. Try it just for today, or just for this hour. If you tried it and didn't like it, try again; that's very common. Each group dynamic is different, each meeting has a different purpose. There are also speaker meetings in AA where only the speaker talks. You don't have to talk. Listen. For pete's sake, try to hear how you are the same as Them, and not count the ways They are different and full of it. I promise, you will take some tidbit home with you that is helpful, and maybe find someone who is like you.
Honestly, I have issues about going to these meetings because I'm on prescribed medication, not clean and sober, but I did make a promise to myself to go to a meeting tonight. In larger towns there are also SMART RECOVERY meetings, which is the one I'm going to try. www.smart.recovery.org is the website, if anyone is interested. Not connected with Their literature says "Many have begun attending SMART recovery meetings while engaging in addictive behavior and chosen to quit their habit later." (It's a self-help group for individuals who want to abstain from addictive behavior such as gambling or drugs ... )
Since I'm new to this site, I'm not sure if I've said something that will be considered inappropriate for the members. I tried to be helpful and say it like it is. I hope someone finds something helpful in here. Hang in there.
hi, have u tryed to get on a suboxone clinic? most methadone clinics are now using suboxone also. try to find one in ur area. im not trying to be mean when i say yes u do have to deal with being an addict the rest of ur life. if u been doing opiates for 18 years then i think its safe to say u r an addict. but u don't have to be all stressed out about it. 34 years old and 18 years into an addiction u gotta say to yourself im gone do whatever it takes to take control of my life. please dont wait any longer. my name on this website subzero58, any time u wana talk to someone u can always text me. talking to someone is a start in the right direction. if u want talk about gettin better im here... peter
Have you tried Subutex? According to my pharmacist, Subutex has gone generic.
I know you posted your question a while ago, maybe you've heard this info by now, but just in case you've given up, easy enough to do, (i know 1st hand)., I thought i'd offer the info I know.
I truly hope you get the help you so desire. It's worth it when you do! Just don't give up-thats the worst thing any of us can do.
Best wishes to you
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