I Can Be Normal Being an Ex IV Opiate Addict
Buprenorphine & Naloxone (Suboxone)
by Vaken
Citation:   Vaken. "I Can Be Normal Being an Ex IV Opiate Addict: An Experience with Buprenorphine & Naloxone (Suboxone) (exp108440)". Erowid.org. May 4, 2016. erowid.org/exp/108440

 
DOSE:
16 mg   Pharms - Buprenorphine (daily)
  4 mg   Naloxone (daily)

BODY WEIGHT: 171 lb


I have the typical way of getting into opiates.. started when I was 16 or 17 'hydrocodone feels pretty good, oh wow this oxycodone feels even better.. wow this Oxycontin you can snort it and it doesn't burn like those other ones..' I took a break from opiates because I was a satisfied pothead who took 4 or 5 dabs of hash oil a day.

Than when I was 22 or 23 I was drunk and a ‘friend’ gave me a line of ECP (East Coast Powder) heroin. It was all downhill from there. Told myself I would only snort the heroin... I broke that rule within a week and started having people shoot me up. Once I taught myself how to IV it was game over.
Once I taught myself how to IV it was game over.
Was on a half a gram of heroin habit until I went to my parents and asked for help, which they brought me to a Inpatient treatment center called [ ] in Kansas. It was perfect, I was on Suboxone at the treatment center and everything was looking like butterflies and daisies until I was up for my 30 days of rehab and my insurance wouldn’t cover my Suboxone. So I had to pay $250 out of pocket a month for my script until I tapered off because I just couldn't afford it.

That was about a year ago. I recently relapsed on opiates after visiting the ER for my colitis and they gave me a morphine drip which brought back all those memories… I had a follow up appointment with my family doctor who prescribed me Tramadol, I didn’t abuse it, I took it as prescribed until I had another follow up and he gave me a refill, which I started taking 3 here… 4 there… until the next day at work I had my old dealer meet me in the parking lot during my shift and got a bag of good ole ECP again. I told my self just snorting this time. I never listen… started IVing again after 4 or 5 days, but this time I found a new “connect” who could get Opana pain killers which did just what the Heroin did, but would give me a bigger rush when I IV’d, and would last half the day and was a little cheaper with my connect… I'm rambling now.

So after some job issues because of my addiction I checked back into [same treatment center as before] in Nebraska really serious this time, and this time my insurance actually covers the Suboxone! Which without it I would constantly be thinking about shooting up or trying to get my fix.
my insurance actually covers the Suboxone! Which without it I would constantly be thinking about shooting up or trying to get my fix.
It truly helps with the cravings that come with being an ex heroin addict. I don’t know how long I’ll be on Suboxone but I’ll take it one day at a time and know I’m safe for now!

Exp Year: 2015ExpID: 108440
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: 25 
Published: May 4, 2016Views: 2,830
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Naloxone (339), Pharms - Buprenorphine (265), Opioids (407) : Retrospective / Summary (11), Addiction & Habituation (10), Medical Use (47), Not Applicable (38)

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