Suboxone detox and withdrawl is one of the worst. Suboxone binds to the opiate receptors tighter than other drugs so the withdrawl is much worse. Ive seen patients be able to get down to crumbs of a pill or even the lick of a pill as rediculous as it sounds. In large doses suboxone is an antagonist and in smaller doses its an opiate agonist. Ive seen and heard horror stories about this drug and the best thing is to address one's opiate dependency in a different way. Suboxone is definitely not the answer.
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Also disagree with ljude38.
It's imperative to taper as he says. I did to 1/4 a strip (0.5mg/day) and cut from there. I am taking clonodine under a doctor's supervision, which does help. There's no way around the withdrawal, whether you switch to Suboxone or go off your drug of choice direct.
My recommendation is allowing the Suboxone to give you a chance to distance yourself from your drug of choice. Don't go off it in rehab, but I'd say stay on it for a few months"026 based on my own experience, and what I saw in rehab, of course.
A HUGE advantage is that Suboxone does not produce euphoria, so nothing really prevented me from wanting to taper. I have been on the drug for 2 years, but I started at a MASSIVE dose. Tapering was merely a matter of managing withdrawal with each step. No cravings. No sense of "loss" of euphoria. Just making sure I manage side effects, period.
I'm in withdrawal now, and it's been several days. It's not easy, and of course there's always the chance that I might give up and go back to the suboxone for relief. But that's no different than my drug of choice"026 well, except that I'll be willing to try again later.
I've been combing through the web trying to find support groups for Suboxone. All I've been reading are horror stories about this drug. I've been on it for three weeks now and I feel better than ever. I feel like I have hope, but that's turned to anxiety now sutter reading so many negative comments. Did it help anyone? Should I try to get off of it now? Help
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