Public Service Announcement: the following is my personal experience. I speak only for myself. I know and understand Suboxone works for some addicts. It did not work for mine and that is what I am speaking on. I AM PRO_SUBOXONE if used properly. Never did I express in this post that you are not clean on any kind of program. My personal direct experience is the following story.
You can see I felt much differently about it in 2010. I wrote a whole post on it called “No Controversy…” https://madyson007.wordpress.com/2010/02/ I knew it was controversial then and I should not be surprised that it still is. To this day it is one of my most frequented posts…people must google it and click on it???
He has tried Suboxone. I actually thought it was the answer to J’s problem. Suboxone is a wonderful tool ONLY if the addict is highly motivated and wants it to work. Suboxone is also a crutch and allows the addict to use with less consequences. I don’t trust it for J anymore or believe it will be J’s miracle. It is highly addictive and extremely coveted by addicts which makes it valuable. It can be sold and traded.
Addicts are able to use go through withdrawals for a short period use suboxone and have some “clean time”. Then stop using suboxone wait the proper amount of time and then use again. Someone told me a name for this cycle but I can’t quite remember what it was called. I think it’s called Washing. J evidently is very disciplined not all addicts are. He is able to wait in between to prevent precipitated withdrawals…umm cause he is talented like that.
This is a quote from one addict talking to other addicts:
Hey im wondering are there a lot of you who alternate between dope and Subs all the time ? I find that it is a lot easier to continue using dope for a long time when you have access to Suboxone all the time as well , and it also eliminates many problems that come from using that you normally would have
1. you dont have to worry about being sick as long as you time it right (use dope all day and then you can jump back on subs that next morning )
2 you dont blow all your cash on dope because you have subs which can last a long time ( 8 mg pill could easily last 4 days )
3 if you decide to get clean , you can ween off subs and not have to go thru kicking dope cold turkey
Suboxone is not a miracle for everyone. It is a tool that can change your life if you use it the way it was intended. If not it is a curse. Addicts can be weak and temptation is great. They need to be highly motivated…living in our house=no need to be motivated. It could be something he might want to try when he is desperate for sobriety. This time on his dime.