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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:49 pm 
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Hello all,

I have a 30+ a day norco habit and want to change my life for the better. I have used Suboxone in the past when the town went dry my dealer gave me 4-5 strips and told me to take one a day, Good thing I do my research on-line! I was clean for the longest time ( longest time is maybe 3 weeks! ) but honestly the only reason I was taking them was so I didn't get dope sick, i really didn't want to quit but I do now. I really wan to quit! Over the last 2-3 months Ive tapered down but I feel that I need that extra little helping had that Suboxone gave me. So my question IS where do I start? I have found 10+ doctors that list Suboxone treatment on their website but am unsure of how to start on the phone with them. I am very private about my addiction and would like to pay cash and have this situation be as discreet as possible so I dont want to start calling around giving my name and number out to receptionists without knowing exactly what to say when I contact them. How do I start this phone call out?

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From my experience (which is little) .. just call and ask about prices. Find out who's cheapest if you are paying cash. From what I gathered in my search there are some sub docs out there that are crooked. The one closest to me is.

Once you've found your guy, make an appointment.

When they ask how you found them, just tell them you are ready to change your life for the better. They will treat you like a human. Not a loser.

Hope this helps,

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Thanks for the reply I plan on giving it a shot on Monday. My only worry is that most Sub Docs do pain management and Lipo suction and laser eye surgery etc.. Just didn't want to sound like a complete idiot when I call. Thanks


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Hi Getbusyliving,

I was somewhat in the same position as you when I first started out. Using the Suboxone doctor list I went one by one calling their office and asking if the Dr. was an addiction specialist. That way you can figure out who does it for pain management and who is in it for recovery purposes.

On one phone call I got to talking to the receptionist after she said the doctor would and could help me. In the beginning it was really just fishing as I knew just a little about Sub. But after talking with her for over an hour she convinced me to make an appt and get some help. I later found out she was the wife of the doctor. What a great team they were. I could call 24/7 on his personal cell phone if need be. That just goes to show you that there is some good helping doctors out there.

And yes, everything is kept private. If not they would be violating the HIPPA laws and would be in big trouble. So go ahead and start making those phone calls. I do hope you find a compassionate doctor who you trust and will help you recover.

Better days are ahead.

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There are also a few questions you might want to ask about the sub doc. For example, Getbusy, do you already have an idea about how long you might want to be on sub? If you think you are a candidate for life time maintenance, make sure your doctor is OK with that. Some doctors have strict protocols on how long their patients can be on sub. Some want you to get off sub rapidly, while other doctors don't even want you to bring up the idea of tapering.

You also might want to ask what the doctor's expectations of you are going to be. Does he/she require that you attend support meetings, or therapy? Will you be drug tested at every appointment? What happens if you lose your sub or it gets stolen? How often do you have to have an appt? Once a month? Once every 2 weeks? Once every 3 months?

I can't think of anything else off the top of my head right now. Maybe someone else will post and cover more questions to ask.

Good luck!

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Amy is right...that's a big thing to know about your prospective doctor...because you don't want to go into Suboxone treatment, and have a long-term plan for yourself that gives you a peace of mind and safety net, then find out your doctor won't allow anyone to stay on the program for over XX amount of months.

Seen lots of my referrals who went to other doctors and had issues with the doctors not wanting long-term patients on suboxone...but then in the same respect, there are those who don't mind a long-term, or maintenance patient.

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Hi There,

I had the COOLEST experience after starting with one Doc and switching to another.
I was taking about 20 - 25 Norco a day, like you and saw a Website about getting off Opiates with a Doc on it. I called and asked "How does soone get started with Suboxone?

They just told me how much it cost and set an appt. When I got there, it was kinda like a "meat packing" house for addicts. A LOT of people and a "wham, bam, thank you, Sir" process. At least I got 2 months with very little instructions and this Doc was 2 hours away.

By the time I was getting to the end of my first month, I decided I didn't want ot go that far or be under that Docs care - It made me feel shameful. I looked on the Suboxone.com Website under "Find a Doctor" and found a Doc 10 minutes from my home.

Important part, here.. "I went by his office to look...!" - He was a family practicioner that also had a Sub license. I set an appt. with some very nice people on the phone and went on in.

When I got to my appt, they were kind, discreet and seemed to understand that the prescribed Opiates can get away with many people. Heck, I told the Nurse that I felt really bad about getting so "out of control" with the pills that I needed help. Her reply was that "Its VERY hard to manage that medication, especialy if you have severe, long term pain like you do." She was cool.

Make along story short, I told him my "getting started" story and HE APOLOGIZED to me for the other Doc treating me that way. This guy was the nicest Family Doc I have ever met. He told me I was "very brave" for taking the first step, gave me all the info I needed about Suboxone (the first guy didn't even listen or "allow me to speak" long enough to ask a quesiton). PLUS THE NEW GUY WAS $50.00 Cheaper than the Dope Clinic!

I have since transferred my Sub therady to him, have switched him to be my General Practitioner, as well as had him meet my wife for her medical needs.. Normal stuff for her, she has no issues. I now have ONE doc fo all my needs and it is SO nice not to be "skipping form one to the other, through the Urgent Cares and pain clinics " looking for another Pill Script!

There are Doctors out there that care, are kind and will not treat you like crap because you want to better your life - by suboxone or any other means. Doctors normally choose that profession because they care about people.

Good luck in your search and if you are in the Inland Empire of Southern, CA. Private Message me and I will give you my Sub docs number.

He Rocks!
WBF

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Forgot to mention that ALL my questions, encouragement and support has come from the folks on THIS site!!
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It takes a huge amount of trust and understanding, both from the doctor and patient, when it comes to addiction treatment. It's not something to take halfheartedly. And sometimes it can be tedious to find a doctor that's caring and compassionate..but they are out there, and you just have to try and find one that you "click" with.

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thanks for the advice. The few I called were nicer than I expected them to be. I will post my experience when I make an appointment.


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