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 Post subject: New and seeking advise.
PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:00 am 
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Hello all, I am new here to the forums and I am seeking advise or possible answers on how life is after suboxone. I have been addicted to percocets/ oxy's for over 5 years now, and just this past September my best friend gave me the number to his doctor to prescribe suboxone to help me get over my addiction to the pain meds. I have to say that suboxone saved my life. Since September I have regained my life by rekindling my relationships with my wife, family, and friends. Not to mention get myself back to the gym, and have been in the best physical shape since high school. I owe my best friend my life. The issue I am having now is that I want to eventually wein myself off of suboxone and not have to rely on any medication in the future. I was able to taper down to .25 mg a day, and when I tried to stop I made it to day 3 and was miserable. I tried this about 3 times and failed. I then researched the rapid detox center in Michigan, and have an appointment in April to have the procedure done. Has anyone had this procedure done in the past, and if so, is it worth the time?


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Welcome to the forum. I am on methadone but some real good advice can be found here on this forum regarding suboxone so hang tight and someone will be answering your question soon. Once again welcome.

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Hi! I have had the rapid detox done.. Although I had it done in 2006 due to my addiction to any and all opiates. Also I lived in Michigan so it was done there. I relapsed after the 3months (they put a naloxone implant in me) and that was the soonest I could use unless I cut out the implant. It sure worked for withdrawals and there are some slight wds u still feel. They give you sleeping meds, Valium to take for a few days. Then they give you (back then) a pill for energy.. For the few days when you should be w/out energy. I'm not quite sure if it's the same as it was back then. If you decide to do this, I would make sure you get the therapy you need, (not just the subs), for tools to use when you feel like using. I'm sure it will def help with the wds, but the ultimate goal is to be addiction free. I finally found solace and went to inpatient rehab in 2008 and have been on sub ever since. It's what I need to stay addiction free. I basically paid $9000 to go back to using because I didn't have the tools to stay sober. That is key!! I have no problem now being on the subs for as long as I have due to the fact, I am not in active addiction. i may be dependent on the subs, but I am still learning the tools to use when I eventually complete my taper and become medicine free. If you have any questions about any part of the procedure I def will answer what I can. So all my advice to you now is make sure you have the tools, after detox. I sound like a broken record player. I apologize I am on my iPhone so if I have misspelled or was all over the place it's such a small screen and haven't looked back : ). Lol.


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My cousin brother had this dependency and went to rehabilitation center thrice yet he is still dependent on it. It has lot to do with Strong will which he lacked after his marriage broke.

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Since you've already gotten down to such a low dose, why not just continue your taper and save yourself thousands of dollars? It's my understanding that rapid detox doesn't have a really high success rate, but I have no sources to back that up. And we all know how $$$ it can get.

In my opinion, you can just keep tapering as low as you can go until you can gently "step" off. The people who do that long, slow, really low taper are the ones with the fewest withdrawal symptoms overall.

Also, if you continue your taper over the next couple of months, you're slowly adjusting your brain to be w/o opiates. That should put your body in a better place to suffer LESS in the way of both acute AND POST-acute withdrawals. That, to me, is worth the longer taper.

Good luck to you with whichever way you choose to go.

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