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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 3:58 pm 
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This time, last year, I was tapering, in a pretty tough spot, wondering how I was going to do it. I especially remember last Halloween (the last time I took suboxone, probably not even .25mg, it was like dust, really). My husband and I took the kids trick or treating. I tried so hard to put on a happy face but it was incredibly difficult. My body was weak, my legs were goosebumpy, I was chilled down to my bones, I lacked pretty much all natural endorphins. I can almost start crying recalling those last weeks, tapering so low, willing myself to get out of bed.

Now, the kids have just picked out their costumes, we're already mapping out our trick or treating routes, debating the best neighborhoods. And I feel good. So good, in fact, that I'm often in disbelief. My life is amazing, void of addiction, void of dependence. No fatigue. No depression (I will say this is partly due to wellbutrin, the most amazing antidepressant I've ever experienced). I have zero cravings. All these awesome things have happened in my life, like the blessings have been pouring down on me ever since I started making the right choices.

I have said it before and I'll say it again and again and again...suboxone saved me. It wasn't an easy road but I don't think I'd be where I am now without it. Living life free of opiates is possible. Not just possible but leaps and bounds better. I wish this feeling on every addict still in the crossfire, still scrambling through the life in that same sick cycle. I wish I could scoop them all up and tell them it can be ok. That their life is worth more than what they're doing.

A girl I know died recently from an oxy/alcohol OD. I wish she'd received the help I did. I hate that her rock bottom was death. I hate that her daughter is left without a mother. For what? For nothing. There's no coming back for her. If you're on this site, you're alive, it's not too late. Don't give up.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 5:14 pm 
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Thank you so much for your inspirational post! I'm sure there's someone right now, tapering, feeling down, and completely hopeless, that really needed to hear/read what you wrote. I'm very happy for you!
There are good treatments available for opioid addiction, that I think should be more available, ie; upping or doing away with the patient cap would be great. I don't know that I'd still be alive if not for suboxone. Everyone should have access to these treatments. I'm sorry to hear about your friend. I hate that her bottom was death. So sad. Please continue posting. Your story will help many.


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