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Re: Gabbi
Aug 15, 2003
Enoxobus . . . according to my husband's addictionologist, Suboxone is currently being tested as an anti-depressant.

I'm sorry you feel the way you do about the drug . . . maybe it's not for you and you need to taper off of it. But my husband has been to three treatment centers, relapsed several times, attempted suicide and struggled with his opiate addiction that past six years . . . so I don't think he's taking the "easy way out." This may be his last chance to live a happy, healthy life. I do add that he is actively involved in AA and NA as well.

Here's a quote from Dr. Herbert Kleber, a professor of psychiatry and director of Substance Abuse at Columbia University:

"People addicted to opioids like heroin and prescription pain medications are faced with a number of obstacles to getting effective treatment," said Dr. Kleber. "We need to change the way we think about addiction. Science has shown that opioid addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease, not a character flaw, failure of will or lack of self-control. So we need to stop talking about 'addicts' and start referring to them as 'patients' -- people who have a disease that medication can relieve."

Maybe you and some others on this board don't have that "chronic relapsing brain disease" . . . but I'm quite certain my husband does. Again, maybe Suboxone isn't the right treatment for you but I do hope my husband stays on it for a lifetime because he feels great and is suffering virtually no side effects and we both are very happy. I'm sure there are plenty of folks on Suboxone like yourself or trying to get on it to take the easy way out . . . hopefully their doctors will do the right thing and taper them off.

Good luck to you and getting off of the Suboxone.

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