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 Post subject: Slip up!
PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:03 am 
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Okay so I stopped suboxone 13 months ago. and I was fine. but tonight I slipped up and someone offered me H so I did about half a gram of it. Being that ive been off opiates for a substantial amount of time, will I go through withdrawals? does anyone have experience with this? It was only this one night and I feel terrible about it.


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 Post subject: Re: Slip up!
PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:16 pm 
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You shouldn't have any issues with withdrawal. Doing it one time after 13 months off all opiates won't get you addicted physically. Mentally maybe. What is your addict brain telling you?

Jump right back into recovery mode and don't think about the slip. Work on your addictive personality and why you sabotaged your sobriety. Then forget about it.

What my addict brain would be telling me is, "well, you slipped, now you might as well use and hit bottom some time later". Pretty sick, huh? If that is what's happening, tell it to shut up. Think about your future and what you really want. No one wants to be a heroin addict. We just like the high.

If you think you can't stay clean, get back onto Suboxone and rid yourself of the cravings again. Don't chance losing your life just because you slipped. Okay?

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 Post subject: Re: Slip up!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 12:25 pm 
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My own relapse-- the one in 2000 that cost me my career-- was sneaky... After 7 years clean, going to meetings, etc, I took codeine when I found it over-the-counter in a market in the Bahamas. I came back and worked in the operating room with narcotics, scared to death, but I didn't take anything. I dodged a bullet.

Or so I thought. What I DIDN'T see coming was 6 months later, when I had a very bad cold... and I had the thought that 'since I stopped after taking it one time in the Bahamas, I must have learned to control it-- or at least I can do the same again, and just take it once.'

THAT use led to places my addiction had never taken me before-- much more impulsive use, pushing doses, stronger opioids.... I'm lucky I'm still alive.

Hopefully you can use my mistake to see the risks ahead of you. Even if you successfully stop H now, the risk is that your addict-brain will see that as some sign of 'will power' over opioids. And that would be the end of that.


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