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    tommorow i go to the doctor to come out with my hardcore painkiller addiction.....how should i go about this?? im very nervous b/c it is going to be the most honest ive been with anyone about my problem in my whole life.... should i bring up suboxone or just see whay he says about my condition...someone please help me with this...im freaking out

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    quote:Originally posted by Bigpimpin2730

    tommorow i go to the doctor to come out with my hardcore painkiller addiction.....how should i go about this?? im very nervous b/c it is going to be the most honest ive been with anyone about my problem in my whole life.... should i bring up suboxone or just see whay he says about my condition...someone please help me with this...im freaking out

    BP.. Don't "freak out."!

    Are you going to a doctor specializing in addiction or a primary physician. When I finally told my primary dr. (went in when I went cold turkey last year and was at wits end miserable in w/d)..I was scared.
    It can be a difficult thing talking about something like addiction with a doctor esp if it is not a addiction specialist. However, the good news is he or she is a DOCTOR! lol. They have dealt with everything including things way more embarrassing then addiction..which is beoming a not uncommon problem contribued to in part by the medical community.. Don't sweat it. Be completely honest and get the help you need. It will be the best decision you ever made.. Good luck! Oh and doctors are trained to make you not feel uncomfortable when you come to them with things like this. I just said..."Well I'm here because I have developed a little too much fondness for prescription pain pills. I think I may have a problem." Keep it light... It will be fine...!!

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    Oh and if it is a primary care physician and not someone experienced with addiction, he/she may not even be familiar with suboxone.. my doctor was not. If so you should definitely bring it up but only certain doctors who have been trained can dispense suboxone so you may have to see another doctor even if your doc is familiar with it.

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    Thank you lisa, its my primary care physician and it will also be the first time i have gone here since my last doctor was in part to blame for the extent of my addiction........i feel a little better now thank you for your help......

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    BP.. .how did it go today?

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    Well it went as well as can be expected. The doctor is really concerned with the amount of hydros i take in one day (18-20) So he made me do a drug screen and took blood to check on my liver enzymes. He gave me some welbutrone and he told me to start trying to cut down. which i didnt think could happen. So next week i go back for my results and i tried to talk to him about suboxone and he hasnt even heard of it. He looked it up on the net with me in the room and explained that i will need to go to a pain specialist and probably a detox center to get some. Is this true b/c ive heard form one of my friends that is a recoviring Oxy addict that he just got a script of them to go home on so im kinda confused and scared b/c of my liver....pray for me everyone...please i need it thank you for your concern lisa!!!

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    BP... I will say a prayer for you. How long have you been taking that amount of hydro? I was scared for my liver too....have had it checked every year for the last 3 years. I really think you have to do a LOT of pills for an extended period of time to do real irreparable damage BP.. try not to worry too much.

    Also...you don't need to go to a pain specialist or rehab but you do need to find a doctor who can prescribe suboxone... not all doctors can.. they have to go thru an 8 hour training class or something. You can go to www.suboxone.com to get a list of doctors who can prescribe it in your area. Each doctor can only treat 30 patients at a time so depending on where you live, you may have to get on a list or make a few different calls. Each doctor is different. My doctor just gave me a prescription and told me how to take them. Some doctors want you to take the initial dose in their office so they can make sure you are in withdrawal from the pain pills. You have to be in withdrawal ...24 hours usually or so since your last hydro before you take the suboxone or it will be ineffective and actually send you into major withdrawal symptoms. Once you take the sub, it takes away the w/d symptoms fairly quickly ...20 minutes to an hour.. you don't want to take too much... it can make you really sick.. so you would want to start with a small dose and take more if necessary.. but the doctor will explain all that. Check out the site..

    oh and the price will vary immensely depending on the doctor and what area of the country in which you live.


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    Thank you lisa i went and checked on the doctors and found a couple close to my home Im gonna call them on monday and see if they take my insurance, ive been taking that many hydros for about 6 months btu ive been addicted to them for about 3 years. i also have to tell my parents and i dont know how im gonna do about that!! i took a suboxone once and i was really suprised about how well it worked. I was into the second day of withrawels and having the clasic signs like fatigue irritability and the poops and it worked well. i dont know if i can get off of work for a stint in rehab b/c im trying to keep my jobplace from findgin out b/c i dont know how they will act....thank you for your kindness lisa!!!

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    BP.. I don't think you need to go to rehab.. you should try the suboxone route first. That wasy there is n!o need to tell your employer anything. Your parents maybe. The support of family is important but I suppose it depends on your age, your relationship with them etc.. I am glad you found some doctors. I hope they have an opening for you!! I had about a 3 year addiction also. It's tough getting clean, but I know the longer I waited the harder it would be. Good luck Monday!~ Lisa

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    Im 23 and i dont live with my parents anymore but im really close to them. I think they know something is wrong but im just afraid of what will happen when i tell them. Yes i believe that i wont tell my job unless it is absolutely unavoidable. Did you go the Suboxone route? If you did let me know how it went for you. How bad was your habit? sorry for the questions but i just need to talk...
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    Kris.. I did do the suboxone thing but in retrospect not sure if it was the right thing. This is the second time I've quit. First some background.

    I started taking percocet almost 3 years ago in Jan of 03 when I broke my wrist. This accident coincided with my dad having a stroke. I was given a prescription when I broke the wrist, but found that they helped with the emotional pain as well. I worked with a guy who had a condition which enabled him to get an almost endless supply of percocet. I started buying them from him.

    I started to abuse them but kept it somewhat under control.. maybe 2-3 perc 10s during the week and 4-5 per day on the weekends. One day I was just tired of taking them.. my boyfriend hated that I was on them and I was just over it. So I just quit. Cold turkey.. went thru a week of almost zero sleep, flu like symptoms, etc. I finally went to my doctor, told her what was up... She gave me some ambien to help me sleep and suggested I see a counselor. I did NOT see a counselor and I stayed clean very easily for 4 months. Then one day I just picked up a pill (had kept a couple around kind of like a security blanket) and never looked back. Over the past year and 1/2 (up until about 2 months ago) I was taking them regularly.. .earlier and earlier in the day.. some days on weekends would just wake up and start taking them. Anywhere between 8-15 percocet 10s per day. I was paying for these out of pocket...$8.00 per pill so it was getting expensive. There were times I could not reach my source and the panic I had when my supply was low was horrible! I was making stupid mistakes at work...where I pride myself on being a perfectionist. I found this board... met some supportive people... it took me a while to quit.. .kept using excuses.. always next week...when I'm ready ..etc... finally just set a day, called the sub doctor and here I am.

    Quitting is difficult but not impossible. There are days I miss them and would love to take "just one." I know though, that would just lead me down the same old road. The sub is ok. I think if you are really ready to quit.. .REALLY ready...and are at a relatively low level of use, it is best to go cold turkey and just suffer thru it for a week and be done with it. Again, it sucks but no different than having the flu. I didn't miss any work when I was going cold turkey. If there is any question as to your desire to quit...if you are not mentally ready... the suboxone helps with the mental addiction ...the cravings... but I hear that the withdrawal from suboxone can be as bad if not worse than the pain pills...it's kind of a transitional drug.....and it is valuable for the right people. I was scared this time around that my percocet dosage was too high to go cold turkey and this seemed like an easy fix. I have had some side effects from the suboxone...if you want I can go into that but suffice it to say I have had some miserable moments. I can't for sure say it is related to the sub... maybe it is more the absense of the percocet, ..it's difficult to say.

    Anyway, if you are close to your parents, please tell them. Having the support of family like I said would be REALLY beneficial to your recovery. If you are only 23 please do not let this addiction wreck your life. Trust me ... it will only get worse. Even if you think you have a handle on it now, there will come a day when you do not. I wish you all the best in this. I really hope you are able to get an appointment with a sub doctor if that is how you choose to go. Have you ever tried going cold turkey? Also you said you were taking 18-20 per day.. what were the mg on the pills?.

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    alright ium back andits been rough. i got back on them but now im back doing the same old thing again. I take 10 mg pills b/c 5 or 7.5 really dont do anything for me. Cold turkey is the pits...... i didnt get any sleep last night i feel like **** and i have to move today... no energy nothing but i know its a positive step in the right direction......im going to tell my parents after my next doctore visit.......i think this will be best...im on day 2 of cold turkey and god save me.............

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