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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 3:39 pm 
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What up guys, southern california opiat adict here... droppen by to introduce myself. I guess this isn't the section to talk about our story, so I've save that for when I got more time and when I find the correct spot.

In short, I'm a 30 year old opiat adict that is going to my first appointment with a addiction specialist tomorrow morning. I told my pain mamagment Dr that I had a massive addiction to my opiat medication, so this is were she's sending me. I have used suboxone that I picked up off the street befor and I know that the place I'm going does have a suboxone clinic so I went on a hunt for as much info as I could on the subject and ran into some you tube video's of the Dr that runs this site... then found this site from him mentioning the address in the video.

Anyway, I'm a little flustered as you can tell from my bad gramer and typing, so I'll gonna go. Wish me luck.


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Welcome to the site, and I hope you use the opportunity of being on Suboxone to help you as much as possible.It is just as important to address the addiction as much as taking Sub. We have support meetings here, please join us and do not worry about bad typing- you are doing just fine!

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Thanks for the wellcome. I went to the addiction medicin clinic that my insurance provides. I meet with a phyciatrist and a dr. The whole thing took about 3 hours. I spoke with both of them, explained what was going on and told them I wanted to get on suboxone. I also told them that I have been taking suboxone off the street for the past few weeks. The dr was curious as to how it was going with the subs I've been taking these past weeks. I explained that it wasn't easy.... I've been waking up shaking in the middle of the night when the subs wear off and I've been puking in the morning when I get up. I told him that due to it being hard for me to find subs, I only can take about 4mg a day which doesn't seem to be cutting it. He asked how many days of subs I got left. I told him only a few. He is having me take another 4mg tonight befor bed, and to come and see him tomorrow. I guess he wants to see how 8mg a day work for me and my sleep. There doing things a little diffrent with me because I'm already on the subs.... so there's not going to be an induction process like normal. The thing is I have to get a full physical from my primary dr befor they can perscribe subs. I just hope that I can find enough subs on the street to get me by until they can perscribe me some. I don't wanna go back to using if I run out, and them have to do an induction all over again. Well see. I'm still worried about the whole thing. I've been smoking weed for about 15 years, it really helps me with pain and sleeping and my turrets syndrome.... but the suboxone program my insurance does is compleatly clean. No drinking or any other drugs. I get piss tested every week. They actually gave me one today and I'm going in for another one tomorrow. Ill be honest, I don't wann quite the weed. But I will, and I told them that.


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I understand completely about the marijuana, BUT if you know you must quit temporarily- won't the benefit be worth it? I think so.I feel the same.I enjoyed smoking it as well, but in order to improve my quality of life I had to stop using it and it was worth it.There is a place I am working with currently that many of the clients are there strictly for smoking pot- they have to go through outpatient treatment because of pot, which seems crazy to me.BUT the laws of the land prevail.I guess if anyone is abusing pot or any other drug, they should be getting help.
Anyway- I really hate when people have to buy Suboxone off the street.I am sympathetic to the problem and I know you are trying to get it legally- I don't understand why the Suboxone doctor couldn't just give you the physical exam, that is ridiculous!If I were you,I would explain to this doctor how much you do not want to go back to full blown opiatesno matter what!
Will this new program offer counseling?

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Thanks for the reply. The reason the chemical dependancy dr can't give me the physical is because of the confidentiality of being in the chemical dependancy program. Anything I do in the program can't be viewed by any other dr in the computer. So if they give me the physical there, no one can see the report. So I have to request it myself so all the dr's and shrinks and see it. On the up side, the dr gave me enough subs to last me until I see him on Tuesday. I've been taking 8mg a day and that seems to be working out okay. I don't puke or shake at night anymore, and I'm going to the bathroom less and less.

The program does have counceling. I'm expected to go to 3-5 meetings a week and take 1-2 drug test's a week as well. I'm going to my first meeting today. It's called "evening recovery" and this turaday I'll be attending the "phase one" class, which will be an overview of the whole program. I also will be attending a suboxone class as well. And they gave me some paperwork for outside groups meetings. One is called pills anonomis.

This weekend was hard for me, it was my 30th birthday and I ended up drinking. I hadn't told all of my friends about my recovery program and me being sober yet, but I did that yesterday so ithat should minimise the presher of drinking and drugs. Nobody knew about my addiction.... I mean no one. I was dating a girl for 5 years, lived with her to.... she didn't even know. So it came as quite a shock to a lot of people


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Thanks for the reply. The reason the chemical dependancy dr can't give me the physical is because of the confidentiality of being in the chemical dependancy program. Anything I do in the program can't be viewed by any other dr in the computer. So if they give me the physical there, no one can see the report. So I have to request it myself so all the dr's and shrinks and see it. On the up side, the dr gave me enough subs to last me until I see him on Tuesday. I've been taking 8mg a day and that seems to be working out okay. I don't puke or shake at night anymore, and I'm going to the bathroom less and less.

The program does have counceling. I'm expected to go to 3-5 meetings a week and take 1-2 drug test's a week as well. I'm going to my first meeting today. It's called "evening recovery" and this turaday I'll be attending the "phase one" class, which will be an overview of the whole program. I also will be attending a suboxone class as well. And they gave me some paperwork for outside groups meetings. One is called pills anonomis.

This weekend was hard for me, it was my 30th birthday and I ended up drinking. I hadn't told all of my friends about my recovery program and me being sober yet, but I did that yesterday so ithat should minimise the presher of drinking and drugs. Nobody knew about my addiction.... I mean no one. I was dating a girl for 5 years, lived with her to.... she didn't even know. So it came as quite a shock to a lot of people


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hi drowning. how are you feeling today?? i'm glad to know that you got enough meds to keep you from having to buy them off the street or go back to using. you sure are fortunate to have insurance coverage, and access to treatment!! the classes you named sound well-suited to what you will need to know...if you hear anything new and exciting in the meetings, make sure you come back here and let us all know.

best of luck to you, and congrats on taking your first steps embarking on a new journey in life!!


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That sounds great! Glad you have a well structured program along with the Suboxone.Remember we have meetings here toniteand wednesday at 7:30pm EST.

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Been a wile since I gave you guys an update. Things have been going good. I've been clean of opiats for about 18 days now, and have been taking 4mb of sub in the morning and 4mg of sub at night. The physical came back okay so I can get a 2 weeks supply at a time now. I've also quite weed and drinking, it hasn't been easy. I'm going to about 3-4 meetings a week at kasier chemical dependancy program. I see my shrink once every 2 weeks.

The pain in my back has been really bad now that I don't have opiats.... that sucks, but I've got a meeting with another dr to go over some other methods of pain managment. My hobbies I don't enjoy anymore now that I'm sober. I used to dj and produce dance music and now I can't even bring myself to do it anymore.... I get no enjoyment from it. That's been the worst part other than the pain. I still really havn't told people about me being sober yet... just been hiding at the house on the weekend.

Well, this is the intro section and I think I've gone past that. So I'll continue my story or talking or whatever you wanna call it in the other sections of the forum. Thanks for the kinds words people.


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:D Wow- Sounds awesome, I am happy to see you have built a solid foundation for yourself!! Congrats on starting your new life.
As far as your pain issues I want you to know something: When I started my treatment I had and still have severe knee problems that cause me a great deal of pain at times.The pain was tough to face in early recovery, but I managed with alternative methods (cortizone). At first,it will be a bit worse but as you progress in your recovery, your pain should become more manageable.Seeing a doctor for it was a wise decision.
And with your hobby.Did you know that there are sober dances that could always use your talents? Maybe as you get further along in your recovery, you could promote yourself as a clean DJ.I could see you making it work for yourself.
There are always opportunities, sometimes it just takes fresh eyes to come up with them.
You are off to a wonderful start, keep it up and keep posting on your progress!! :D

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