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[FONT=Arial Narrow][SIZE=2][COLOR=Indigo]Jeff,
There is some good news and bad news for you. The good news is that yes you're right, it could be much much worse, and you're smart to have the presence of mind to get started on kicking this now.

The other 'good' news, depending on how you look at it, is that you most definitely need professional help kicking this addiction. Very few, and I mean VERY few people can stay clean by themselves, even when they have made it past the first couple of weeks of the worst withdrawal symptoms. The reason I say 'good news', is that with a counselor you can get to the bottom of why you want/need this drug in your life, and tackle those psychological issues which are the reasons you began using in the first place, and the most likely reason you would start using again. You will be a better, happier person through counseling, and learn much about yourself in the process - this is why I say it's good news for you.

I don't want to forget to mention attending AA or NA meetings - also a potent tool for living drug-free, though I think it depends on the person and finding the right meeting that best suits you.

Speaking of odd - it's amazing to me that with over 20 posts and 1000 views of this thread, NOBODY here had yet recommended Jeff seek longer term professional psychological advice from a drug/addiction therapist...this is so crucial to getting and staying drug-free.

Be HONEST with yourself - You have already tried this on your own and it didn't work, right? You have nothing to lose by seeking professional help. You may be able to do this on your own, but your recovery is so important, for you mostly but also for those precious people in your life. You want to give yourself the best possible odds.

Lastly, regarding the great as it is for very serious addicts [Just meaning folks taking 2-3 times what you were, such as myself], consider this a last resort, and only after discussing it with your counselor and doing your own research. It's a wonderful tool for helping us to learn to live without the daily 'buzz', but ultimately you will have another addiction to overcome and taper from. This part is non-negotiable - it WILL be a struggle to then get suboxone out of your life.

Oh right...the bad news. We all have to suffer the punishment of physical withdrawal symptoms. There are many good tips on the board for helping with these, but ultimately [As you have experienced] you're just going to feel like crap for a while.

Good luck Jeff. Keep on posting![/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR]

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