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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:38 pm 
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I am 50 years old and a father of two young boys.
I have an apt. with a suboxone dr. this coming monday at 2 pm.
I have been addicted to oxy for approx. 2 years and was taking up to 240 ml. per day. All my drugs came from the street. I never had a prescription.
My plan to quit was i bought 10 - 8 ml. subs and took my last dose of oxy 27 days ago. Then I took 4 ml. of sub after 24 hrs. and starting to wd bad.
I felt much better in half an hour. Then 4 ml. a day for 4 days. Then 2 ml. a day for 4 days. Then i started only taking 2 ml. when i started feeling sick. Usually 48 to 60 hours apart.
Any way, when i realized this was not going to work as i began to run out of sub., i found the Dr. and made this apt.
I already told the office lady who I spoke with to make the apt. about my taking some sub. from the street on my own, and she said i will need to be in moderate wd for the apt.
she said i should lay off the suboxone for the weekend and come in Mon.

My question is: What exactly happens at the induction? What will the Dr. be asking me? Then what?

I have planned to be completely honest with him about anything that comes up.
I am not taking any other drugs. I do not drink and I quit a long term weed addiction 4 years ago.(within 2 years I had replaced it with oxy.)

What can I expect to happen after i walk in his office on monday?

Thanks for any help you can give.


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Hi and welcome! Conratulations on starting your recovery! Most doctors induce in their office, I assume that is how yours will do it. Most likely you will fill out a bunch of paperwork and take a drug test. Then you will be asked questions about your using habits. Such as how much, how you took it, how long, etc. You will also be evaluated to make sure you are in moderate withdrawl. This is important because if you take sub too soon after taking oxy you will be thrown into precipatated withfrawl. I have never experienced it but it is described as withdrawl x 100, in other words pure hell! Once evaluated your Dr will start the induction, usually giving you 2-4mg of sub then waiting about 45 minutes and if you still do not feel well will give you more and continue this cycle until you find the dose that keeps you comfortable. Then he will most likely write you a script for a weeks worth. You may find in the Dr. Office that 8mg made you feel great but after a few days at home if you begin to get cravings you would need to increase your dose until the cravings are controlled. Which is why they usually have you come back at 1 week, then 2 weeks and then usually go to monthly visits. Sometimes it can take a little while to find your correct dose as it is very individual.

Of course what I described above would be a typical induction, your Dr may do things differently. I have been on sub for over 3 months and have found this forum invaluable to my recovery. There is a wealth of information and the members are very knowledgeable and caring, I encourage you to ask any questions you may have along the way. I hope you stick around and am looking forward to getting to know you!


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Thanks so much for the info.
Not knowing what to expect is making me nervous about it.
You are right about this forum.
I can see how it will be a valuable part of recovery.


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Hello, oxymoron.

Yes, what was posted above, is an accurate description
of how one is inducted.

I have been on Suboxone for almost 8 years; and am at 4 mg per day.

Good luck, and enjoy this wonderful forum!

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hi oxymoron". i was in almost the same cond- you are, exc- my drugs were prescription pain meds. i walked in to the sub doc office 17 months ago. the sub doc, rote me out a small dose of suboxone and had me come back in 2 day's. and started me on 16mg subs. after 17 months i'm now on 22mgs and doing ok.


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Hi Oxymoron, Just thought I would check in and see how your induction went? Hope it went well and you are feeling like a million bucks!


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My apt. went well and i do feel better.
I find 4 mg. suboxone once a day seems to be working well.
I am going to get counseling tonight 6 pm.
Thanks for asking.


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oxymoron wrote:
My apt. went well and i do feel better.
I find 4 mg. suboxone once a day seems to be working well.
I am going to get counseling tonight 6 pm.
Thanks for asking.



Hi, oxymoron. I am glad that your appointment had gone well
for you.

I am also on 4 mg a day of Suboxone; and I find that this dosage
"holds" me well.

I am also in counseling- twice a month; it is *mandatory*-
in order to get my subs paid for, I have to attend counseling.
However, I do think that I would still attend counseling,
even if it was NOT mandatory.

Good luck with your continued treatment!

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Thanks for the update and I am glad you are feeling good! Counseling is a good idea and am happy you are using other tools in addition to sub maintenence. Some people rely only on Sub and never learn to address their underlying issues. I see a psychiatrist and find it as important to my recovery as Suboxone, if not more so. I hope you stick around and look forward to getting to know you. Congratulations on your decision to take your life back!


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