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Hello Sweetie

The route taken to get off the Percocet has to be a personal choice. I came off Oxycodone in a long slow taper (months). It was not an easy ride, not at all. I do not foresee you coming off and being capable of working or much else for a stretch of time. I know this is probably tough news for you to take, but detoxing is not 6-8 days by any means. Oh, we can stop the drugs, but there is much aftermath physically and always a period of extreme depression that follows. Nobody, nobody, steps off an opiate with a mere breeze.

I have not used suboxone, but I think you need to research and understand more about it before starting it. Suboxone contains Buepophrine (sp), an opiate. It has a 'ceiling' to prevent getting high. However, at some point , detox off Suboxone must take place. Some use it for one week, then kind of cold turkey. It is hard, really hard. Others stay on it for a year or longer and then must come off. For those, it is a time of getting the thinking straight about drug use and to prepare mentally for the challenge of totally being off an opiate.

I have to be honest with you here.. your timeline of having to be back at work in 5-6 days is totyally unrealistic. I was in pain management for over ten years. It has taken me a year to really get through detox and withdrawl and to truly be living in recovery. There is progrss along the way, of course, but issues like lack of sleep, depression and physical escalation of symptoms for a time all come into play.

Deotx must be the sole priority in order to make it through successfully. There is so much more to it than just stopping the drug intake, so much more.

I will not recommend Suboxone only because it is not in my realm of experience. What I would recommend is that you sit down with your doctors and have a conversation on what they see as best for you. Understand that many doctors do not truly have a handle on what it is like to go through withdrawal, whether from the standards like percocet or from suboxone. It is a jpurney that must be endured to truly understand and a textbook just doesn't cut it.

Please. Do not lose hope that you can accomplish this. Many do. I just think you need a more realistic understanding of what you are planning to undertake. Planning... that is, to me, THE biggest element in success in getting off the drugs. Whether we are on them because we started in pain management or because we started for 'pleasure' does not matter at this point. It is the same trip off for the street junkie as it is for the pain management patient. It is a struggle.

I have sad feelings that I am bursting your bubble here. I know you want to do this, I know all the good intentions. What I don't know is if you really understand how much of a struggle it is. Read the Sample Home detox, one of the first threads on the board, and get a feeling for some of the things that can help us all in withdrawal. Armed with knowledge and a solid plan in place, you [U]can[/U] do this.

Best wishes

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