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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:44 am 
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Hello,
My name is rodney i am 47 . I have been on suboxen for a little over 1 year. Suboxen has been a real blessing. I DO NOT crave pills anymore. I used to take 100mg norco and perx. Day. The dr started me on 12 mg sublin.stips. been on it for 15 months. I have tapered to 6 mg a day. My dr wants me to drop some more but i am finding it hard to do.

I am considering counseling but dont know were 2 start. I have insurance trough my work they also have an " employee assistance program" maybe they have conselors. Or do i need a therapit?


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Hi Rodney,

Welcome. I'm sorry to hear you're experiencing this pressure from your doctor but I'm happy to hear suboxone has improved your life so far. I'm not sure of your history but in the scheme of things, a year of maintenance isn't all that much. If it is helping you and you are satisfied being on it, you should try your hardest to explain this to your doctor. He should either accept this and ease up on the pressure, or tell you otherwise so that if you want, you can plan accordingly and maybe find a doctor who doesn't mind keeping you on maintenance longer. The thing that I hope doesn't happen, is for your doctor to continue giving you refills, all the while making you feel guilty for where you're at in your tapering. Pressure and feelings of guilt don't help at all in the recovery process.

You should feel proud of where you are at right now. You've come a long way and are on a very reasonable dose, that is an accomplishment. Please don't feel bad about not tapering fast enough. I hope your doctor will hear you out but if not, and if it's at all possible, please look around for another doctor that will.

Any type of counseling is always a good idea, or meetings if that interests you.


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 Post subject: Meetings and therapy
PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:05 pm 
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Rodney,

Welcome to our recovery forum. You will find a lot of answers to most all questions you may have so dig away at some old posts if you have the time.

With my doctor I consider this place to be my recovery meeting group. He agrees so far with that. But an online group can only support you so much via the internet. Some addicts require either one on one therapy or like tinydancer said, maybe a N.A. or A A meeting. Others are just fine doing it themselves. Me? I need the help of other addicts to see through my bullshit. Sometimes even I don't realize what crazy rationalization comes out of my mouth. Being an addict, I found it easy to lie, steal, and do whatever means necessary to get my pain pills, etc. My preference is AA, mostly because I'm also an alcoholic and feel comfortable there. Check them both out and see if you identify with some of their stories. Both are great recovery groups.

And like TD said, if your Dr. doesn't see your reasoning then it may be time to find another who does. If you are in a small town and the choices are slim, you can print some of the articles Dr. Junig wrote about addiction and Suboxone. Then you can give it to your doctor and he may change his attitude.

Welcome once more and I hope you stay as a contributing member.

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What is your long term goal? To taper and stop Suboxone or just get down to a lower level?

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Thanks Rule and TD for the replies and the encouragement.
I am so glad this forum is here. I already feel better. I believe that this site will be more helpful than the "Here to Help" site that is sponsored by Reckitt Benckiser (the maker of Suboxone) .
Actually my Dr. is understanding.After reading Tiny Dancers post and thinking about it I've decided to talk to my Dr. and tell him I want to stay at my current dose for a little longer.
My long term goal is to taper all the way off Suboxone. I believe my next goal is to find a therapist or counselor that I can have one on one talks. I get 8 free sessions a year through my insurance.
Thanks again.


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