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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 6:31 pm 
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I am a 53 year old ex junky. Got clean in '87 and stayed clean for 20 years. Had knee surgery in 08 and one pill lead to another then to the needle. It was fast and like ever other relapse story. But it was mine this time. Tried to kick but its different and harder at 48 then 28. I found sub's and signed up. Now after 4 years plus I want off this ride too. Got down to 3-4mg's a day and thought I was close to being free. After reading the forum I have to rethink that. But I am ready to be free of sub's. Step 1, I am here. Hope I make a few friends. Hope your story's help me be free.


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Hello Kenny!

Welcome to the forum. Glad you've gotten yourself off the needle. When you are ready to kick sub, tapering down really low is key, to like .5 or even lower if you can. Sounds awful but when you get your head into it, it's possible. Some people can't handle the tapering process, but if you can, it minimizes the fuck out the withdrawal symptoms. (Pardon my french..)


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Hi Kenny,
nice to meet you.
You say you are on 3-4 mg a day...I am also down to 4, started on 8 for a few months, then 1 month on 6, now 1 month on 4, soon 2...and then we will see. A bit worried about the ending it: I was clean for 5 years at one stage in my life but then started a cycle of relapsing, getting clean, relapsing again...that's when my doctor decided I should be on sub for a while so I can build myself up.
6 months now with no cravings and I must admit that my mood has been fairly good (I also suffer from depression) the tapering down has been fine and I haven't had any withdrawal symptoms: I am sure that if you want out, and taper down slowly, you will get there. At least I hope I will!!!
Good luck with everything.


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Hey Kenney,

Welcome here! We have a similar history. I too sobered up in '87 and surgeries got me onto pain pills in 2001 or so. You were an addict back then and I was mostly an alcoholic/addict. Now, I consider myself to be a run of the mill addict. But an addict on Suboxone. I went to AA. May I assume you went to NA?

Also like you, I wanted off after my first year being on it. Tapered to 1 mg and was doing great until more surgery messed that up. Now I'm back to a maintenance dose of 6 mg's. I still want off it but know it won't be anytime soon. If I stay on for life, so what?

Take Tinydancer's advice. She was able to taper and be free of it. We have many others here who successfully tapered (or not) and quit. It's mostly mental as you know.

Good luck on whatever you decide to do. This forum supports both sides.

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