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failed two one week outpatient programs w/suboxone (3 days 4 mg, 4 days 2 mg) - made it the week but when it was over, on the 8th day, utter relapse :( this was back at around 80 mg/day oxy

at the last crossroads was up to 240 mg oxycodone a day...spent about four grand in a month...somehow held a job, kept up grades....must be the luckiest SOB alive not to have utterly destroyed everything.

but then one day at a music festival, found some people talking about suboxone. they happened to be from the same city, and gave the name of an exceptional doctor. having failed the impersonal, expensive, in-and-out incomprehensive 7 day thing twice, went to this doctor and got a full assessment and got put on maintnence. best friend also went to the same doctor the same day. doing the next 44 days with 16 mgs/day prescribed, but have been trying to take just 12. after that, gonna start the official taper. looking to get as far away from oxy as possible. it's a dream come true to be free

it has been over 3 weeks now since the last oxy. its like having a new life. it's being normal again. having back all that time...having some cash left when you get your next paycheck... amazing stuff. suboxone really is a wonder drug and what cannot be stressed enough is the amazing change it will bring to your life. the spiral of addiction - craving, compulsion, drug-seeking behaviors, withdrawal - opiates become more important than food, sex, friends, anything. Freedom from those bonds - the sudden return to a life without the desperate, ravenous, weak powerlessness - is invaluable. It is an absolute miracle.

Your life is at stake and finally you have a tool, a chance, a way to take control and be the normal you. When the steel serpent of addiction is no longer strangling your mind and screaming softly in your ear you suddenly realize how much of your life you already have sacrificed for nothing.

I'm glad you agree Kimbee, I just read a very interesting article published by the national institutes of health concerning the treatment of opiate dependence, and it stressed over and over again that opiate dependence is indeed a medical illness. I do not find any reason whatsoever to disagree with that assessment.

I have a friend who is going to the same doc, and is prescribed the exact same dosage (16 mgs/day), but intends to taper himself off on just this first prescription because he's afraid of insurance dropping him or his parents finding out. I've spent a lot of time trying to convince him that this is a horrible idea and that he really should stick with the treatment - he's my best friend and a big part of my strength in doing this. If he doesnt stick to it he's going to relapse, i know it, and then how can I stay his friend and stay clean at the same time? It worries me a lot, especially after I just read this publication that stresses very strongly how important *extended* treatment is, if you expect to be successful. I think he thinks it's going to be easy. Or, god forbid, that he'll be able to go back to the "occasional" "on the weekend" "just every now and then" style of using - YEAH RIGHT! i just dont know what to tell him, except that our lives are at stake here.

i dont know what the policy is on this board but if i'm allowed to i'd love to give you my AIM name or pick a chat room or something Kim, i have a feeling you can give me some good advice about what to do with my friend =\

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