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Sub2new - I'm glad you've stabilized and are feeling better. Be careful with going off too quickly. I don't recall how long your addiction history was, but going off after only a couple of months has a very high relapse rate. Bad habits ingrained in us don't change overnight. Plus you're not even thinking about opiates now because you're on suboxone and it's stopping your cravings - for now. I'm honestly not trying to be a downer. I just want you to be prepared that when you do come off suboxone, things won't be as easy as they seem now. Those cravings will come crashing back along with triggers, depending on what's changed in your life.

Look, you are the only one who can decide how long to stay on sub and I fully respect your decision, whatever that may be. But set yourself up for success. Look into your old addict behaviors and make a conscious effort to change them into healthy, new habits. Learn what your triggers are and find ways to deal with them so they don't lead to relapse. Look at your whole life including what may have led you to using to begin with. Some of us had traumas in our past that led us to intentionally numb our emotions (that of course doesn't apply to everyone).

I hope I haven't offended you with anything I've said. I only want to see you succeed.

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Great to hear you have stabilized, it works if you work it it works. I have to second the worry of getting off them so quickly but if you feel strong then you can do it. May I just suggest that you hit up a meeting here and there, and even staying in the loop on a forum such as this one to remind you of your goals in case the addict in you comes creeping out. Your doing great, Addiction is super tricky you can never have to much support.:)

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