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"cold turkey" ?
Nov 17, 2003
[QUOTE=Annie45]I'm sorry if I misunderstood...I thought the woman who was going on Oprah had a 40-pill/day habit, said she tried and failed with both tapering and cold turkey, and that she was on suboxone and was also under a doctor's supervision? Is that cold turkey? Please correct me if my A&R terminology is wrong, or if I am not understanding the difference between quitting cold turkey vs. quitting with the assistance of a withdrawal drug and a medical doctor.
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Thought I'd give it one more try and hopefully someone can help me understand the above-referenced terminology:

To all who have viewed and the others who have replied but have not addressed this question, it would be much appreciated it if someone in A&R could clarify whether or not there is a difference between quitting anything a person is addicted to (in this case, pain pills) "cold turkey" is the same as Oprah's suburban housewife guest quitting opiates with the aid of suboxone and a sub dr's supervision?

It confuses me why Oprah wants to leave the sub part out of the show and portray it as cold turkey if in fact, by using another replacement drug is not really "cold turkey?" (and I use the term 'replacement drug' only because so many on this forum debate the issue of 'replacing' one drug for another--i.e., heroin vs. methadone, opiates vs. suboxone and/or subutex).

Could it be that (the sub) is being viewed more like the drug antabuse (sp?) that is often given to an alcoholic to keep them from drinking due to the awful side effects it creates? If so, that might create the opportunity for Oprah to say her guest did this cold turkey. Please explain so the members here, as well as those viewing Oprah are not misled in some way--or if there is any misleading at all by saying she quit cold turkey?

I sincerely want to understand this, and I truly would appreciate someone among the hundreds of viewers of this thread to please let me know so I can learn more about the terms and conditions of A&R in an informed way.

Best wishes, Annie
Re: "cold turkey" ?
Nov 17, 2003
[QUOTE=Annie45]Thought I'd give it one more try and hopefully someone can help me understand the above-referenced terminology:

To all who have viewed and the others who have replied but have not addressed this question, it would be much appreciated it if someone in A&R could clarify whether or not there is a difference between quitting anything a person is addicted to (in this case, pain pills) "cold turkey" is the same as Oprah's suburban housewife guest quitting opiates with the aid of suboxone and a sub dr's supervision?

It confuses me why Oprah wants to leave the sub part out of the show and portray it as cold turkey if in fact, by using another replacement drug is not really "cold turkey?" (and I use the term 'replacement drug' only because so many on this forum debate the issue of 'replacing' one drug for another--i.e., heroin vs. methadone, opiates vs. suboxone and/or subutex).

Could it be that (the sub) is being viewed more like the drug antabuse (sp?) that is often given to an alcoholic to keep them from drinking due to the awful side effects it creates? If so, that might create the opportunity for Oprah to say her guest did this cold turkey. Please explain so the members here, as well as those viewing Oprah are not misled in some way--or if there is any misleading at all by saying she quit cold turkey?

I sincerely want to understand this, and I truly would appreciate someone among the hundreds of viewers of this thread to please let me know so I can learn more about the terms and conditions of A&R in an informed way.

Best wishes, Annie[/QUOTE]


Annie,

I also believe that using Suboxone IS NOT quitting cold turkey. Cold turkey is quitting w/o the aid of anything. Suboxone takes away the w/d's, which is good in my opinion. Like myself, I could not get thru the w/ds. That is what always kept me coming back for more. The subox has helped me so much. I need to take thyriod meds for my underactive thyroid, and meds for my addiction. I am still taking pills, but my life has improved tremendously. So, I personally would not say that I have quit c/t, although I have before and failed in doing so! Shell





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