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Hello lvrgrl,

Welcome and pleased to meet you. I started Suboxone four weeks ago and I am so happy I did.

First of all, no, your hubby does not have to use this weekend and wait for withdrawals in order to start Suboxone. I started it the day after I stopped using. A friend of mine used in the morning and was put on Suboxone that evening. I don't think you have to be in horrible withdrawals to start, it's just that you need to have little to no opiates in your system, otherwise the drug will not only work, it will put the person into really bad withdrawals. My friend who used that morning did not suffer at all, in fact he felt better about 30 minutes after taking his dose.

When I started Suboxone, I got the script from the doctor I met at the Addictions dpmt. of my local hospital. I went to the pharmacy, picked up the meds, came back to the hospital and took it in front of her. She asked me to come back in 1.5 hours to see how I was doing. I felt fine. No withdrawal whatsoever. In fact, I (like my friend) noticed a difference within the first hour.

I have to tell you... Suboxone changed my life in so many ways (for the better). It gave me my life back. I am so happy I decided to start Sub, as I had reservations and was reluctant to try for quite some time. I feel like me again, and it's been four years since I've felt this way.

For so long, I lived like your hubby is living now. I quit working, stopped cleaning my house, I'd lay on the couch all day long and I had no motivation to do anything at all. Just doing the dishes felt like I was trying to climb a mountain. I felt horrible guilt all the time, cause I didn't want to do things with my kids, go anywhere with my hubby, even taking a shower felt like a chore. I constantly thought of using, how to get the drug, where the money was coming from etc. My life revolved around pain pills and I hated every minute of it.

Now, I have to tell you that Suboxone was a great choice for me. I didn't have faith that a drug could give me my life back and make me feel the way I do today. I feel completely normal. I feel the same way I did after my first daughter was born (my girls are 3 and 6). I'm in love with my life, I take my girls to the park, read books, play dress up, go on dinner dates with my hubby, clean my house with a smile, and I'm genuinely happy for the first time in four years.


Suboxone is not for everyone. I've read horror stories about trying to taper off this drug and some folks on here say it's NOT a good thing to start. I've chosen to accept Suboxone because it has changed my life for the better - and I will worry about coming off the drug when that time comes. I'd advise you to research the drug and educate yourself as much as possible.

I hope this info has helped you. Please let us know what you decide and how things are going for you and hubby.

Best of luck,

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