I was a heroin addict for 4 years, and started buying subs off the street in order to quit using H. I haven't done heroin in about 8 months and have been continually buying subs illegally since then... I feel GREAT on the subs and have been able to lead a relatively normal and healthy life because of them. I started out with 8 mg a day and have weaned myself down to about 1 mg a day. I can pobably even get myself down to .25 or .50 but I just can't get off them completely. I can't handle the WD's but I can't keep buying them off the streets like this either!! It can be very stressful trying to get them... not to mention I'm trying to cut out the illegal activity! I have insurance and everything I'm just afraid to go to a sub doctor, since I've been taking them without a script for so long I fear they won't prescribe them to me... Does anyone have any thoughts on this or similar experiences? Would be greatly appreciated!
Congrats on getting off the H and tapering down on the subs. Many doctors who are licensed to write prescription for suboxone actually understand your situation and will treat you despite how you obtained them. Go to the suboxone.com webpage and find the doctor locator service, write down all the drs. in your area and call them to ask 1) if they will file a claim on your insurance 2) if they will charge you an induction fee, if so how much and how much the office visit fees are 3) if the treat patients who are already on suboxone. The fees can vary in price and so does how these doctors treat people on suboxone. I have seen several people here who started using a doctor after buying them off the streets, you will have to ask about it up front and see.
The only other think I could suggest is to get your regular doctor to maybe call for you to say perhaps that you need a new subs doctor ( a little white lie, not sure if you could get your doc to help you with that or not) and have you tell them you are already down to 1 mg per day. If you get a negative answer, keep trying, you should still be able to find a doctor who will treat you. I know the task of getting off seems daunting, but if you ever do think you want to come off, just know that as long as you taper down properly, you will be able to get off with safely and comfortably.
I had the same problem. I was given some suboxones by a friend though. After going a long time cold turkey he said try some of these. I took a half (4)mgs and then I was taking a 1/4. After a while about a week they ran out and I then went cold turkey for many weeks and felt awful. I went to a Suboxone Dr. told him about how desperately I needed to keep my personal life confidential and admitted to the use of subs obtained from another source. He was very empathetic. That same day he put me a 2mgs once per day and I visit him next week for another talk and refill. I think the plan is to take the 2mgs per day until I am ready to taper and get off them completely without those terrible, awful withdrawals that I had.
I would have never ever consdered going to a suboxone DR without the help from some friends that support me here. They told me to do it and be honest with Dr. I was. I did and will have to do so again provide my first ever urine screen for other drugs but hey there are Hippa laws. Though I remain fully committed to being clean from all drugs I do not know if I would have gone back on the OXYs if I did not take the advice of the support people here. Do it, they realize there are many of us that have problems and as professionals they want to help. Plus to know you are not taking the other drug and making such awesome progress, he or she will I suspect, be impressed. I am proud of you already for taking such a giant step! So now you need help. We all do from time to time. I have a powerful mind and I was convinced I could kick the Oxys cold turkey with no help. I suffered for 8 weeks on my own. I would not have done that had I joined this group. I wish you the best and hope you take the next step.
Dr's can be very understanding especially if your trying to help yourself but be carefull because my daughter was on subs and became very addicted. Told dr she wanted to be off them and he gave her more. Money Money She finally made up her mind enough was enough. She had to have someone else hold them because she would abuse them also, very addictive. Little by little they would be cut down until it was only dust she was taking and it worked without bad withdrawls. Now clean of all drugs and alcohol, totally new person. Be honest with your dr and if he doesnt help then he's not the dr you want. A good dr will understand what your trying to do. Hope this helped. Good luck, Carol
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