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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 4:27 pm 
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I have been stablized on suboxone now for 5 years. The reason I continue to keep taking it is because at home, my husband has to use oxycotin for his medical conditions and post polio etc. I take it so I do not steal his. I don't trust myself. I willingly and without any suggestion, put myself into addiction medicine. I had breast cancer and other surgeries years ago and that is how I found out that I love opiates, my drug of choice. It has an opposite effect on me, making me lively and speed up and very active.
We moved because of my husband job changing and the addiction medicine doctor I was seeing, lost his liscence to prescribe suboxone. I didn't neb nose why. In the Bellinham Washington area, the 2 doctors that are available having a waiting list. Even though my health insurance is approved for me to have 20 more visits to an addiction doctor, I cannot get in until my prescription is empty.
I am not panicking or stressing out right now. It don't do any good. Does anybody know what I can do to receive a prescription ? Do I have to end up at the hospital? What should I do?
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Hi - there are some online sub doctor locators, including the one at the top of each page of the forum. Check that one out and if you can't find anything there, there are a few others (NAABT.org, Samhsa.gov, suboxone.com). Good luck.

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That is the problem. There are only a couple doctors in our area. I have already done all the research and even spoke with our health insurance. I am wondering what I can do when I run out. I am cutting back and planning to wean off and I hope that works. I should not be off it though with all the oxycotin my husband has around the home. He takes 3-40 mill a day. He is not a drug abuser and does not take more than he needs for his post polio and other problems. I am the addict.


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You could also try psychiatrists. They don't always advertise that they prescribe suboxone. Do you have mental health insurance? Psychiatrists - at least with my insurance - are often covered under a mental health insurance rider so your health insurance coverage wouldn't have them on their list. You could try getting a list of approved shrinks from your mental health providers and start calling them. I know of a few people who have done that and were successful in finding a new sub doc. It's worth a try. Good luck.

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Thank you so much. That is a good idea. I will check my health insurance. I am not too proud to see that kind of doctor. I have to confess, I had to go to one in the past because I was not feeling well. I found out that I was going through menopause! After finding that out, I was able to treat my symptoms and step up my work outs etc. I am looney anyhow so that is that!


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Don't ever be ashamed if you have to go see a psychiatrist. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. Incidentally, opiate addiction is listed as a psychiatric condition in the DSM-VI, the manual psychologists and psychiatrists use to diagnose patients. So, it would be very appropriate for you to seek help from a psychiatrist.

Also, I was going to say originally that if you don't have any luck seeing a psychiatrist, try going to a pain management specialist. I realize that in doing that, it might seem as if you are going against everything you've worked so hard to achieve, but given the fact that you recognize you have a problem with opiates - so much so that you actually went on Suboxone when your husband started taking OcyContin because you didn't trust yourself - that you should be very confident talking to the doctor and telling him/her exactly what your situation is. Pain management doctors prescribe buprenorphine/Suboxone all the time either for pain or to help wean patients off high doses of pain meds. Your story is nothing they haven't heard before. But, if you absolutely don't feel comfortable going to a pain doctor, which is very understandable, I would try the psychiatrist. At this point, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Good luck.


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I should have posted the outcome of the problem I was having finding a doctor. True, it is not a shame to see a shrink. Way in the past, I had to see one and actually, it did not turn out well as he did not listen to me and did not realize that I was going through menopause very severely after the breast cancer surgery plunged me into it pretty harshly. He said I had bi polar tendencies and subscribed me this medication that I would have had to have liver and kidney blood tests from taking it. Of course, I did not take it. I never went back. Instead, I took some natural soy hormone supplement and that helped a great deal. This particular psychiatrist was an idiot. I know for a fact that I am not bi polar and my husband would definitely testify to that since both of us are learned in mental disorders.
The good news is that I got a very good doctor. He would not take patients without being referred and speaking to my regular M.D. It turned out very good as he took me on and I only have to see him every six months. He is going to switch me over to subutex because he said that extra ingredient in suboxone, I do not need it. In his prescription, he even prescribed me a few extra. After I go and see him on the 20th of this month, Iwill only have to go in again in 6 months. I really like that.


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Health insurance is really needed for any human being. Everybody knows that health is wealth so be care about health. Always find some good doctors for examine you properly.

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