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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:07 am 
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I've been off subs for a little over a month now. I do get the occassional depression but before I got stuck in all this I was a very happy person and started seeing major aspects of that person coming back about two weeks off subs and have been very happy overall with being clean. My biggest problem is my inability to concentrate. I can deal with occassional depression or lethargy but the concentration issue is the most persistent and bothersome. I'm working all day and NEED to get stuff done. Anyone have any advice how to help his problem??
Thanks for any help!!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:20 pm 
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You're two weeks off buprenorphine (Suboxone/Subutex). ANY opioid would cause fatigue, depression and trouble concentrating at this early 2 week cessation stage. Because buprenorphine has a much longer half-life than other opioids you were likely used to dealing with 'kicks' from, the withdrawal isn't anywhere near as severe (You wouldn't likely be working at all or typing on a message board at two weeks if you were dealing with withdrawal from some other opioids..) but it is more protracted. Unless you have a history of ADD/ADHD and have been treated medically for such in the past, I'd suggest waiting some more time to normalize before you start looking for disorders/issues that are easily mimicked by opioid intoxication and withdrawal. Good luck and stay positive!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:42 am 
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I'm a firm believer/observer of the unconscious part of our minds; now that you are off craving-suppressing medication, your mind may be preoccupied with using again. You don't seem to notice any of that consciously... which makes me wonder all the more if your unconscious is having some thoughts that you are not fully aware of.

If it is just 'PAWS' stuff, then as twin cities wrote, it is early--- and things will get better after a month or two.


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