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PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:35 pm 
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I ran across an article on the National Institute on Drug Abuse about the efficacy of tapering off bupe versus a longer term on maintenance.

Here's the link: http://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/ne ... ioid-abuse

It's not a surprise to many of us that maintenance works better than a quick detox and taper from sub, but it's nice to have some evidence to back it up!

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 1:05 am 
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Thanks for pointing that out, Amy. The taper was early-- after only six weeks-- so the result was not surprising. But as you pointed out, it is helpful to see some of these things spelled out in a very direct way.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 1:17 am 
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I agree!!! Seeing evidence that maintenance works better than rapid detox is great!!! For all the professionals I've met over the years who've criticized my choice to remain on maintenance suboxone, I hope this evidence reaches them! I have felt such a stigma and harsh judgement, (in 12 step meetings, from counselors & social workers, from doctors, and even family and friends) for my choice- many I've encountered consider maintenance a form of continued drug abuse on my part (only legal)! But I'm still an addict without the suboxone; only without it, I have cravings, pain, and increased depression; and my addiction is manageable on the suboxone! My hope is for maintenance to become a socially acceptable form on managing the disease of addiction:)

I've been on buprenorphine since September2004 (10+years!), with only 2 short breaks during that time (less than a few months each time). It works as well for me today as it did when I first started treatment:)

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