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Scott, Congradulations on getting clean. I have heard a lot of good things about subutex and it sounds like you're doing quite well with it. I've been in a methadone maintenance program for four years now for my addiction to vicodin/oxycontin/heroin. The clinic that I go to has recently started offering subutex to patients who want to get off the methadone. I tried many, many times unsuccessfully to quit using before deciding to go to the methadone clinic and I was apprehensive about going the methadone route because I knew that I was going to become dependent on the methadone. However, there is a difference between being dependent on a medication and being addicted..but that's a different post. lol. I think you really have to remember, Scott, that sometimes it's not the getting clean that is the hardest part of addiction, but rather staying that way. I know that it is something that I will have to work on everyday because I will always be an opiate addict, just not practicing. My best advice to you in staying clean is to just take things one day at a time. Often times we find ourselves feeling guilty about the past and things we did when we were actively using. On the other hand, when we aren't beating ourselves with guilt, we look into the future and we worry - "what am I going to do to stay straight? How am I going to do this? I don't know if I can do it."
As a newly recovering person you must focus on the present and not worry so far ahead. Worry about how you are going to stay clean today. . . worry about how you are going to stay clean tomorrow, tomorrow, see? You'll feel more at peace. Really enjoy the fact that you are clean today...and that you are in control of your own life now rather than the pills having control over you.

One of my favorite quotes: "Let go of yesterday and let tomorrow wait, today is completely yours - use it and enjoy it."

The best of luck to you,
Sue





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