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PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2013 6:30 pm 
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One of the most common anti-sub comments I hear. As I spend more time treating addiction, I become less and less excited to be a buprenorphine cheerleader, simply because I've learned that if a person is not begging for help, it is a waste of everyone's time trying to treat that person. That said, buprenorphine treatment is getting black eyes from the diversion problem... and it is important now, more than ever, that people remain aware of why buprenorphine is different--- i.e. why the molecule is different enough that it deserves to be an exception to the Harrison Act.



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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 7:37 am 
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Beautiful video, i couldnt agree more

I tell those who think i shouldnt be dependant on anything that i feel i messed my body up for life. Id. Really give anything to feel the way i felt before i knew what drugs were. Before i used opiates.

As many times as ive stopped opiates ( including suboxone) ive always gone back to bupe. I know i am not 100% sober in the sense that i still an dependant on a substance, but i am no longer in that cycle of worrying where to get my pills, how many i have left, etc. i used to plan my life around them. "hey u wana go to such and such with me?" my response, "no, id have to take another pill if i did, and i just dont have that many left"

To be out of that cycle is just a blessing in itself.
My longest stretch off bupe was alil over a month. The anxiety and depression that hits u is unbelievable. I was lethargic. I remember walking and having to stop every few feet. I thought my body would be messed up forever.
Of course when u feel that way, a minute seems like an hour. And not sleeping with restless legs and arms doesnt help.
Are you sober upon stopping bupe? Yes. I have to say, i felt all my emotions return with a vengence. From sadness to happiness to hornieness. (yes i said it)
Music sounds better. You laugh more than u have in years. It feels like sobriety, only your body is absolutely MISERABLE.
Suboxone may numb one to not feeling that kind of sobriety, but just breaking the cycle of chasing pills and walkng up worrying about drugs is very sobering in itself. One can get back to daily life without all that. In the end, that is what really counts to me. And when im ready to jump off the sub, i know i will because I will be ready, not because others want me to.


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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 9:56 pm 
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I know this is a very old post from DR, J, but im a history buff . I believe everyone should understand just how and why this medication came to be. This topic is great education for newcomers fresh on the med and for thoses who never knew. Drug for a Drug" Is at the heart of all misunderstanding of our brand of recovery that can bring guilt and shame to some . so scroll up and take a look . Razor


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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 5:08 pm 
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Yes, razor, thanks for the reminder. We all need to remember why we are on this Life saving medication. We are not trading one addiction for another . We are taking a Medication that Treats Addiction .


I can also say that I am dependent on my SSRI Depression medication because I would have to taper off it as well. I can't just stop taking it.
I see that Suboxone (Zubsolv) is treating my Disease of Addiction the same way that my SSRI is treating my depression.

I have a brain illness and I am taking medication to heal that illness. I am not ashamed of being on medication. I have come to have an appreciation for it and I am grateful everyday that we don't live in the dark ages and we have modern medicine that can make our quality of life so much better.

i am a better person on this medication. i have my life back.


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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2018 11:51 pm 
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Razor,


I'm quite the history buff myself :) & everyone should come to realize that this is a medication that treats a serious illness. Stigma/diversion tends to steal people away from getting the help that they really need, which is so sad. My brother, would've benefited from buprenorphine maintenance, he'd still be alive today.
Thanks Razor for all the advice & help you've given all of us, I know that you have definitely helped me :)


Raudy1975,

I am with you 100% when you say that you're a better person on this medication, & the part about having your life back, I know exactly what you mean. We're not stealing, lying, breaking the law, etc. Of course, there's always gonna be those douchebags that say we're substituting one drug for another, but THEY are in the dark ages & wanna look at addiction as a morality issue rather than a serious illness. Hopefully one day, all that will change. We are sober now, & life has never been so great!



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