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Re: Suboxone Advice
Mar 22, 2011
Even though I'll feel like Captain Obvious for saying this, I feel like I am obligated to say that I'm not a doctor in any way, shape or form, this is simply my personal speculation and observation.

I think that's kind of an outrageous amount to be prescribed. I've never really been all that into the pharm scene, but I know a fair few heroin addicts who were prescribed a lot less than that a day. What you have to remember is that subs are still addictive, and can give rise to a variety of complications.

Be careful when you mix subs and opiates. If your amounts are wrong, you can send yourself into precipitated withdrawals. Those are a lot worse than they seem, you'll probably get the shakes and cold sweats (my personal worst wd symptoms), and wake up with your sheets soaked. It's happened to me, and I've seen it happen to other users too. Additionally, while I don't remember the exact number, sub has a fairly long half-life. So while you may start getting sick again, the opiate-blocking effect lasts for a surprising amount of time.

Personally, I hate suboxone. I could rant and rave about it, but I'll keep it brief. Essentially, there are two main reasons I dislike it so much. The first is that people see it as some kind of god-send, as if it were a miracle drug that cured all their symptoms. Well, it's not. It's still addictive, you can still have withdrawals, and it makes you feel confident about where you are with your habit and quitting, when in reality, you're still struggling to get back to the real you. The second reason I have such a dislike for it is that I don't consider it to be beating opiates, it's simply replacing them. I know people who have been on subs for YEARS and will get sick if they don't take them, even though they hadn't had opiates in a long time. The point is to not be a chemical slave. It's a drug that has a legitimate medical purpose, and has helped many people with their battle with opiate addiction. Don't let the sub control you, use it to control and then beat your habit.

I wish you well with your recovery. I'm pretty new here too, but there are a lot of people who come from all different walks of life, and they're all supportive because we're all here for the same thing. Stay up, man

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