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 Post subject: Calm my nerves, please.
PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 4:05 am 
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So, it's 3 in the morning and I can't sleep because I'm so worried about my first meeting with my hopefully future suboxone doctor. I called the receptionist at his office to make an appointment (not until the sixteenth =/) yesterday. The woman hung up before I got to ask any questions. Keep in mind, that this doctor isn't just an addiction specialist but also a pain doctor and a forensic psychologist. He's listed on every suboxone doctor finder thing that I've tried but that still doesn't put my mind at ease. What are the chances of me not getting in the program? I have insurance and the money (thanks to my wonderful mother). I, unfortunately, have the four year old habit of using 60-100mgs of using whatever opiate that I can get my hands on. But, I'm just scared that too many people will already be in the program.. or something about me will have me rejected. Help me out with some information? =/

Tomorrow I have to go to his office tomorrow to make my first payment, which is when I'm going t whato ask, I just need to know my chances before I find out I'm going to hear.


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That isn't a big habit unless your ROA is IV, IMO. Or you are using Opana.

Do you think you need maintenance, or do you just want to detox?

Think about this long and hard and weigh the pros and cons. Maintenance comes with a hefty price tag, and if you can stay off pills without it, that is the best way to go.

Idk how long you've been using, but if it has been a relatively short time, you may have an easier time withdrawal wise (and PAWS) wise by using Sub to detox only.

However if you are a chronic relapser on the verge of losing it all, Sub may definitely be the way to go.

Good luck tomorrow!


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Hi imabird and welcome. Ironic has a valid point. In my opinion, one has to take into consideration how bad their addiction is as well as how much meds they've been taking. Suboxone is a powerful opiate - albeit a partial agonist - but it will raise your tolerance.

On to your question. If you have an appointment already and you're going to be making a payment, chances are you've already been accepted into the program. The salient question is are you paying for part of the induction cost or just for an initial appointment?

But the easiest way to set your mind at ease is just to call the doctor's office and ask them. Maybe the person you spoke to was busy at the time or was having a bad day. Just ask them if you've been accepted to the program or not yet. I'm sure they'll explain things more to you if you ask.

Let us know how it turns out. And try to relax.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 3:21 pm 
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If you have an appointment then that means there is an opening for a new Suboxone patient. They would have told you they didn't have room when first called.

And also consider what Ironic said. If your habit isn't very large then Sub is not the answer. Give it some serious thought.

Let us know how the induction went.

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Like Rule62 said if you have an appointment then you should be in. We as addicts want to think our disease is so debilitating that it actually handicaps us so bad it can reach out and affect anything that may be a positive experience. And that is what you are doing. Your addict brain wants to ruin the chances, the excitement and the serenity in the case that it's all about over. Atkeasr the chasing the dragon daily for our drugs and finding the money, hoping nothing stands in our way of our fix etc... Is that a typo or is it true you use 60 to 100 mgs daily??? If so, you are fortunate and will have options either get a lose dose and taper off suboxone if thats what you want. And...of course you may want to stay on quite a while to avoid relapses. I have been told at least in methadone the longer I stay in the better the statistics of me staying sober when I do come off. I myself did that much at a time ten times a day. (not gloating) I am on done and even at 190 mgs I still have traces of withdrawals. I kept trying to keep my dose as low as I could but it never quiets my withdrawals so I have had to increase a bit over the two years. I looked into suboxone but the receptionist told me suboxone might not hold me when I gave her my daily use. I should have looked further into it as I have talked to sub patients that did the same or more than me. I was panicked and just that little bit of doubt that receptionist gave me was all it took for me to decide methadone. Plus having to be in withdrawals to get treated scared me too and then the thought they may not medicate me or treat me. Our minds really compromise our thought process when added fear to our thinking. Huh?

Good Luck want to hear how it went and know that we all are here. I am new on this site but I am really enjoying the support etc... Keep coming back and get to know us ad we get to know you in turn.

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