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Hi friends,
I'm new to this forum so please excuse my lack of knowledge...anyway, I'm a 43 year old working woman with a 9 year old daughter and a life partner. I've struggled with hydro addiction for 10 years now off & on. I went to inpatient 30 day treatment in 2005 to get off of norco 10/325's, I was taking about 20-25 per day. I also got off of 6 years of Ativan which I didn't think I was getting off of because that wasn't why I was coming into treatment, my Dr. had prescribed those for my panic disorder without telling me that they weren't meant for long term use! But, that's another story. After treatment I stayed clean for only 6 months then went on a Dr. shopping spree and forged an Rx & got caught, had to be on 1yr probation & community service so felt lucky that I got off that easily and it shook me up quite a bit. As a result, I think, I stayed clean for 2 years. In July '07, I got on the internet out of the blue and just thought I'd "look" at those drug sites just to see if they still sold hydro...yeah, big mistake. Thus began another almost 2 years of Norco addiction, this time getting up to 160-170mg of hydro per day. Well, the culmination of that was that with the Ryan Haight Act and no ability to get my needed drugs anymore, I came clean to my partner and my psychiatrist. Well my dr. is also an addiction medicine specialist and has a suboxone program so 2 Saturdays ago, it is day 11 today, I had my 1st suboxone induction and began on 16mg, 8mg am and 8mg pm. I've had some rough days with side effects that include severe sweating & nausea, dry mouth & eyes, fatigue, etc. but I have to say that it's been a godsend for me. I didn't know how I was going to get through w/d's again and it's given me some time to continue to function at work, as a mother, friend and partner. I'm not sure what the outcome will be or what kind of support/outpatient group therapy I'm going to do but I know that I need to do something else other than just suboxone for recovery....I do know that having been to treatment before that it takes a lot of work on my part to stay clean.
Well just wanted to introduce myself and I guess find out more from anyone who is on or has been on suboxone. I see my dr. this Saturday and wonder if he's going to keep me on the same dose, decrease it or what. Thanks to you all for being here.


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