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Recovering From Severe Opiate Addiction
Buprenorphine & Naloxone (Suboxone)
Citation:   xdefeatsy. "Recovering From Severe Opiate Addiction: An Experience with Buprenorphine & Naloxone (Suboxone) (exp74216)". Jun 26, 2009.

    oral Pharms - Buprenorphine (daily)
    oral Naloxone (daily)
  600 mg oral Pharms - Quetiapine (daily)
  150 mg oral Pharms - Sertraline (daily)
I have been a drug addict for the better part of 5 years. I have gone through the alphabet of chemicals, I think it's fair to say I have tried quite a variety. The last 2 years of my general addiction were the worst. I ended up with a $300-400 a day habit that consisted mostly of oxycontin, heroin, and cocaine. I went from being a recreational user to a full-fledged fiend; dealing, manipulating, and stealing to get what I needed. On top of this, I was also being treated for a mix of Avoidant Personality Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder. For this I was prescribed 600mg of Seroquel in conjunction with 150mg of Zoloft every day. Eventually life caught up with me and landed me in the emergency room with a lot of explaining to do. The least-painful option for me was inpatient rehab.

While in rehab I was put on 16mg of Subutex a day for the first 4 days of detox. I was then switched to its cousin, Suboxone (Subutex with the Naloxone craving blocker), as part of a opiate replacement therapy. I started out at 16mg and over the course of a year I stayed clean, reducing my dosage of Suboxone every few months by 4mg; this while maintaining my Seroquel and Zoloft dosages.

I can say now after finally getting off of it that it was a worthy investment, and I owe the Suboxone program my life. Not only did it kill the withdrawals instantly, but the Naloxone serves as a deterrent to using opiates again because if I use on it I am forced into withdrawals -- and anyone who has been through heroin withdrawal knows that it isn't worth it. It is very comfortable in terms of weening off, I suffered no withdrawal while changing dosages. Maybe a little irritability and headache at the end when I went from 2-to-0mg.

As someone who has tried to use methadone unsuccessfully in an attempt to ween myself off, I can honestly say that Suboxone was the drug that finally made it possible for me to quit the heroin and the oxy's for over a year now -- and hopefully, for good.

Exp Year: 2007ExpID: 74216
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: Not Given
Published: Jun 26, 2009Views: 29,443
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Pharms - Buprenorphine (265), Naloxone (339) : Addiction & Habituation (10), Glowing Experiences (4), Medical Use (47), Hospital (36)

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