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Captain Jack,
Congratulations on starting the suboxone tomorrow. I've been on it for a little over 2 months and am just amazed. Like I told someone yesterday, I have to temper what I say about the stuff because it has been that good for me. I did not go thru W/Ds and I feel what I perceive to be normal for the first time in my life.

I've talked on here before (and been criticized quite soundly) about some recent theories which hypothesize that chronic relapsers' brains don't producing the natural opiates (either before or after the drug use started) like a normal brain does. So, the theory goes, some folks may need substances to replace the lost/missing endorphins in their brains -- which leads to mood problems, depression, etc.-- hence, the suboxone. It's very similar to a diabetic needing insulin.

I've kinda latched onto that theory because it makes me feel like there is the possibility my morals are not bankrupted afterall and I simply have a chemical deficiency. A lot of people on here seem to have a problem with that logic but, frankly, I could care less because I am better off right now emotionally than I have ever been in my life (even before I started using at around 14 or 15 years of age -- I can remember being depressed as a very young child).

If I have to stay on the suboxone the rest of my life it won't bother me in the least because I am now the type of husband, father and co-worker that I've always wanted to be.

Oldtimer, right now I have no clue what my "maintenance" dose may end up being but, if I had to guess, I'd say somewhere around 8-10 mgs/day but that is nothing but pure speculation.

Captain, keep us posted on how you progress. It took a couple of days of tweaking to get the dosage right for me. One of the things I've noticed is that a lot of the doctors seem to be afraid to prescribe large enough doses. According to the Suboxone website, the most beneficial therapeutic affects initially occur at doses between 16 and 32 mgs. I've seen a lot of people post on here saying that their doctors had prescribed 2 or 4 or 6 mgs -- for hardcore opiate addicts like me, that ain't gonna get it done. So don't be shy about telling your doc exactly how you feel.

Best of luck to all and take care.

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