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Hi Michelle

I want to thank you for some valuable knowledge there. I didn't use the suboxone, but it is good to understand this anyway.

Although I did not taper from the sub, but from Oxycodone and Xanax, it still makes a lot of sense to me. The tapers at the end were soooo slow as far as cuts. That old 5% to 10% was something I used both with the opiod and the Xanax. I think that is why I became mentally stronger and more emotionally stable as I tapered. I didn't make a cut until I felt I had leveled off. And the cuts did take on more and more physical attributes rather than emotional ones.

You have a lot more knowledge of the various receptors than I do. I think, though, that the premise is the same for all who taper. Do not make it a race against time, but rather try to get into tune with our body and brain and make a cut... smaller and smaller cuts, as we progress towards the end.

I have also read that those who do a slow, slow taper are more likely to stay free and clear of drug abuse. Reading what you have shared helps me to understand the why of that more now. Hope many others are helped by what you have shared. I think it is also very important that we get help to change our thinking. The Social Worker really helped me to understand thinking in general and specifically to understand why I thought consciously the behaved the way I did by helping me to understand the subconscious thoughts behind it. It was truly a revalation to me and I [U]was[/U] able to change the way I think about drugs and many, many other things in my life. I am much less controlling now because I have lerned to stop thinkiong that I must be the one to solve all family issues. I carried that control issue into all areas of my life including work as a union president and grievance handler. It is great to be free of that self-imposed burden. Chuckles.

Thanks. Your sharing is very meaningful to me and I am sure it will be to others here also.

And how are you doing there anyway, Sweetpea? Looking to read some about your own progress.

Hi Reach,

thanks for responding. I'm glad that you got something out of that, I sure did... It was helpful to me because I kept trying to taper down but kept having some pretty severe w/d symptoms. But I wasnt doing anything to change my thoughts... Right now I am talking to my sponsor pretty much daily. Im seeing a therapist who specializes in addiction. Im also going to meetings, and wishing I could find the time to go to more. Pretty much one a week right now. I'm a single mom with a full time job. On mon and wed i work late, till 8pm, and get home in just enough time to get the kids showered and in bed. The rest of the nights I am taking them to Agility and speed training, baseball training, karate, etc. Homework, you name it !!! LOL Life is busy. I work on saturdays for half a day too, so the kids are ready and waiting for me to get home to do something fun with them. Sunday is family day and we visit and/or just hang out and watch movies, etc.. Ok, ive given every excuse in the book now for just going to one meeting a week... lol. Thats not even funny, but its what my brain goes through when i try to get up off my butt and figure in another meeting for the week. But, life has definitely changed for the better, my attitude and my mood is so much better. And its because i finally did get up off my arse and begin to set in motion this process of healing.... and its working.
So right now im still taking 2mg in the morn and 2mg in the afternoon. I am just listening to my body and going from there.... I'm listening to my doctor as well. I will be making cuts as soon as my body/brain tells me im ready to. i dont have a plan, or a goal (like i told maggie) ive asked my doctor to come up with a taper schedule b/c i feel like i need to move on, im ready. (i think, lol)
But, Reach, thanks for asking...... i truly feel blessed to have found this board, because reading here has helped me so much to stay in recovery and out of the "mind gutter", especially while i was in limbo about asking other "real live" people for help with this...

I see that you are doing well, i read all your posts, and i am so happy for you... One day I will join you in the land of the living, REAL LIVING. drug free and happy.

take care, michelle

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