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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 3:48 am 
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Hello everyone, I’ve been a lurker here for quite some time and chose to become a member a few months ago. This is my first post. I feel it is time for me to break my silence and add my experiences and opinions to the many others that are documented here. I hope that my posts can help others understand treatment with Suboxone from another perspective.

I take Suboxone for my mental illness. I am bi-polar and suffer from symptoms of severe depression, mixed mania, dysphoric disorder, severe anxiety, social avoidance, and paranoia. I am also an addict. This is a long long story and I won’t lay it out all here tonight in my first post , but to understand my story it’s important to note that I started suboxone after being sober for 10 years.

While under a doctors care for my mental illness, I broke my shoulder in a freak accident and was treated at a pain clinic with Fentanyl for the severe pain. I was not in an active addictive state when I started suboxone. I was not exhibiting drug seeking behavior nor was I worried about going back “out there.” I have a pain tolerance of zero and I had a really hard time with the withdrawals from the Fentanyl Patch. I asked to be placed on suboxone by my Psychiatrist, an Addiction Specialist, who had helped me recover from an addiction to alcohol and benzodiazepines 10 years earlier.

Since I have been on Suboxone, my mental illness and the horrible symptoms that accompany it has totally and completely disappeared into remission. I am sane for the first time in 16 years. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Suboxone is an effective medication for mental illness. My experience is so remarkable that given the choice, I would never ever stop Suboxone. In fact, the thought of stopping suboxone terrifies me not because I fear withdrawal but because I fear the return of the bi polar symptoms. Suboxone has changed my entire life and has brought me out of a cave of darkness and anger. I can finally be a good mother to my children and a partner in my marriage. My life now resembles normalcy and I wouldn’t change things for anything in the world.

I must share my story so that others will know that this drug works to elevate the mood and stop the suffering of mental illness as well as addiction. Suboxone must be made widely available to all individuals who suffer from addiction. When that happens further studies can be done to document the efficacy of suboxone treatment in individuals with serious mental illness.

I look forward to sharing more details and thoughts about my experience in future posts.

Have a great day.

Theresa


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:15 am 
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Thank you for telling your story. I have heard of it being used for depression. There are studies supporting this therapy and it's really nice to see it in action!
The brain is a fascinating machine.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:19 am 
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Hi Theresa,

Welcome to the forum!!

I can't imagine the relief you felt when you started Suboxone and your mental illness symptoms disappeared, how wonderful that must have been!!

We have a couple members here who take Suboxone primarily to treat their addiction, but have also found benefits in stabilization of their mental illness. I believe bi-polar was their diagnosis as well.

We're happy to have you here and look forward to hearing more of your story.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:28 am 
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Hi, And welcome to the forum. I too take Suboxone with my anti-depressant to help my clinical depression. Together it seems to work wonders.


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