Unmoderated debate about buprenorphine, recovery, treatment approaches, addiction... But keep it clean!
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:24 pm
Prior to my induction on Suboxone, or rather, Zubsolv--actually, prior to my acute opiate addiction--I had some problems with alcohol. Full disclosure, I'm type II bipolar, and right around the time I turned legal drinking age, my family up and moved from my childhood home. I medicated my resultant depression with Bacardi. A lot of it. Up to a 750ml bottle a night. I eventually stopped, but continued to have on again/off again problems with alcohol. In the end, it was mostly beer.
Back to the induction: I had gone into outpatient treatment which meant a 90 day commitment to not drinking, or the length of the program. I figured this was going to be the case so I got good and drunk one last time the night before. Fast forward a year and a half, I no longer drink, nor do I have any desire to do so. I'd argue it's the buprenorphine. I know it doesn't play nice with booze, but even in withdrawal state, alcohol sounds absolutely awful to me. For a time I had thought myself an alcoholic, but now I'm not so sure. It just makes me tired and groggy, whereas bupe allows me to use my brain for things other than scheming and dreaming about more drugs. Anyone else have a similar experience?