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In Los Angeles and need help!

Discussion in 'Detoxing From Buprenorphine/Subutex/Suboxone' started by Tortise Mesa, Feb 11, 2004.

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  1. Tortise Mesa

    Tortise Mesa Well-Known Member

    Yah my addiction didn't come from pain managment issues or anything related. It basically sprang from my using painkillers to treat a panic disorder so that's why I tend to think a psychiatrist is better.

    I have to admit though I am pretty scarred ****less about getting off and the changes I'm going to have to make. Part of my addiciton I've noticed is this kind of obsession about how my body is feeling, my mind seems to be constantly probing for any signs of discomfort which usually sends me to use. I wish I could have found an appointment for tomorrow, I am so anxious to get started.
     
  2. pillmonkey

    pillmonkey Member

    Suboxone® treatment is supposed to begin with a supervised "induction" phase, during which you take the tablets under the doctor's supervision until you are comfortable. Different doctors do this differently; it is easiest if you can find a doctor who will do it in one visit, allowing you to return to the office about a hour after each dose to see how you are doing. It only takes about four or five hours to find the correct dose. If your doctor wants you to increment the dose only once a week when you visit, find another doctor. You should go home from your first appointment feeling okay, and with enough Suboxone, or a prescription for enough, to hold you until your next appointment. The doctor will initially want to keep the prescriptions small and the appointments close together. As time goes by and you continue to be stable, the appointments will get farther apart and the prescriptions larger. In time, you'll get refills and only have to visit occasionally. Buprenorphine is a Schedule III drug, which means that the doctor is allowed to authorize up to five refills in six months. It doesn't mean he has to do this, though, and seeing the doctor only once every six months is something that's not likely to happen. Don't worry about it. Just keep in mind that you will never have to wake up sick again.
     
  3. Tortise Mesa

    Tortise Mesa Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all the advice PillMonkey. I'm not having a very good day really. Feeling pretty depressed and anxious to start my recovery, but still stuck having to take pills to keep from getting sick here at work. I switched today from the oxy to norco so that always is a bit of a pain the first day. 6 days and counting till my appointment.
     
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