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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:49 am 
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Greetings, I haven't been around this forum much in recent months, but I wanted to check in to say that today marks one full year since I got off Subs. At my AA homegroup, I'll be getting my one-year medallion tonite.

I was a pretty messed up heroin-cocaine addict for close to 10 years, and then was on Methadone, followed by Subs, for more than five years. If an addict like me can get off prescription opiates, then I believe that anyone who truly wants to can do the same.

There have been some real challenges for me in the past year, and the odd day here and there has sucked mentally and emotionally. But I haven't had a single craving during this whole time, and never once doubted my decision to get off Subs. Recovery just keeps getting better, and I'm finding myself able to do things I could only dream of before (like going back to school in Sept). I felt totally stuck in life while on Methadone/Subs, and now I don't.

Getting off Subs isn't what I would call easy, but it's actually been easier than I thought it would be in a lot of ways, and it's totally worthwhile for someone who is motivated. Having a solid recovery plan in place is absolutely necessary IMHO.

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Way to go JI!!! It's so awesome that you're going back to school this fall! I started grad school for addiction studies last month, so being on my low dose of sub hasn't made me feel stuck, but I understand and appreciate that's how you felt. I'm taking Psychopharmacology right now and I'm starting to understand that people react SO differently to different kinds of drugs, illegal and prescription. There is little wonder that we feel differently on the same medication!

Again, congratulations! I hope the cravings stay away and that you find continued success in life!

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Well done my "Jump Bro-Son"! I am so very proud of you and am sending you tons of positive energy, light and love!!
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Thanks for checking in Johnny. We don't have that many ex-sub'rs that post very often so it is nice to know it worked out for you. For those who are considering the jump your words are a great encouragement.

Congratulations on your well deserved 1 year! Keep posting every once in awhile or just update this thread.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 8:16 pm 
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Amy I did a lot of psychopharmacology myself, though I never got a degree for it, lol.

Good for you, going to grad school.

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Way to go JI!!! It's so awesome that you're going back to school this fall! I started grad school for addiction studies last month, so being on my low dose of sub hasn't made me feel stuck, but I understand and appreciate that's how you felt. I'm taking Psychopharmacology right now and I'm starting to understand that people react SO differently to different kinds of drugs, illegal and prescription. There is little wonder that we feel differently on the same medication!

Again, congratulations! I hope the cravings stay away and that you find continued success in life!

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