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Who's been free from Sub for over a year?

Discussion in 'Detoxing From Buprenorphine/Subutex/Suboxone' started by Skinny, Apr 2, 2007.

  1. gettingbetter

    gettingbetter Well-Known Member

    I've been free from suboxone (and everything else) for over a year. As of today. And it's great. Fabulous, actually. And completely doable with willingness and tenacity.

    MAN I have been waiting a long time to post on this particular thread! Can't believe it's that time!!

    I was taking 2-4 mg a day for six or seven months. In combination with other things.

    I feel as great as I ever did. I work for recovery, I put that first, and all is well. Things get exponentially better.

    much love,
  2. wayne11

    wayne11 Well-Known Member

    Hey I've gone 3 1/2 years from all opiates now, wasn't easy but I know I won't go back now :)
  3. Bonita

    Bonita Well-Known Member

    I get to join this group of being free from Suboxone for over a yr now...messed up with oxy's now 7moths clean of all opiates. I do know without a doubt that I will never put Suboxone under my tongue again.

    Soon they will be putting Bupe in a pump under the skin that delivers a dose daily and will last for 6 months. Its in phase 111 of testing. Will prob be on the market in the next 6 months. Thats what the plan is for addicts by the big Pharms... having a steady dose of dope flowing with as much ease as possible. I feel lucky I am free of this addiction.

    <center>omission is not honesty, only different ways of lying</center>
  4. jdude

    jdude Well-Known Member

    Hey Bonita.....Congrats on the 1+ year!!:)

    As far as the sub pump....Albert Einstein said it best: "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
  5. beanface

    beanface New Member

    I was on Subuxone for about three years, 16 mg/d, and tapered three months ago to the day. Been clean since then. I feel proud, but also a little worried: Even though I function pretty well now, I work, go to the gym and all that,
    I still feel a little bit in my legs, I`m still very emotional, my stomach still gets upset, I`m tired, my body just feel out of tune. How long is this gonna take?!
    Or is this, as someone here wrote, the "new normal"?
  6. jdude

    jdude Well-Known Member

    Welcome to ODR Beanface. Congrats on the recovery time! :D

    After 3 years on sub,you'll still have some healing time ahead of you. But sounds like you've made great progress so far. It's not a linear process, but the highs and lows do level out....one day at a time.

    You may even want to start your own thread to get more and faster responses.

    Congrats again!
  7. kunzite52

    kunzite52 Well-Known Member

    Hey Beanface, WELCOME, you are 3 months into being off a very long acting opiate that you were on for three years. Three years of your body functioning only with drugs in it. Things got rewired in that time. Your brain receptors changed, your natural endorphins changed, your metabolism changed. Everything in your life changed from the three years on the drug. Now again everything must change for it to get better.

    I would think it normal to be still in w/drawals after all those years on a long acting opiate like sub. And going to the gym is great. But start up some SAMe and magnesium bead or Epsom salt baths. Get some Imodium from the doctor of diarrhea. Thing with the doctor and getting the Imodium and chlonipin (for BP) is that in order to get that you have to be completely honest with him/her. Honesty is part of the process of recovery that flies in the face of addiction. Addiction is based in self deception, telling yourself that this little pill will make you alright, when in fact, it is slowly killing your spirit or your body.

    Be patient, another thing that flies in the face of addiction, which is instant gratification with no consequences. Patience is getting through each moment you feel like carp, and changing up the thinking from just one more pill to taking a walk or a bath. Movement changes thoughts. Do you think about the sub when you are working out in the gym? Only when you get home and sit down does that craving come back. So when you think or feel terrible, move directly against that as in take the bath, take a walk, read a book, post on here, call a sober friend, get out and socialize. Are you laughing yet? Laughter is one thing that goes away when addiction is active.

    Stay with us, know this process takes time and be willing to accept that. YOu have come too far to stop now. If you need to get some support, as in on line meetings, going to an addiction counselor, going to a yoga class, going to group counseling, going to meetings, spending time with others in recovery who UNDERSTAND how hard this truly is and how worth it it is to be free of it all.

    Are you all alone in all of this, as in living alone and facing this with no support? Do you have loved ones that know about this or do they not know? Just so you know, over time everything in your life will change for the better. The emotions will level out, and sure there will be bad days, but on drugs you stuff emotions away and they never really get dealt with, so often when one comes clean it is as if a dam broke and you are flooded with emotions. Soon that will change, every moment you do not pick up that pill you will get better, moment by moment and day by day, until one day it is normal, you are living life, you are not craving the drugs but are working, laughing and loving, and helping those who are just starting out in this process.

    Be well and patient OK?
    Know you are doing a great thing, not only for yourself, but also for all those who love you and know you.
    Keep working out.
    Give it some more time and be stronger than any thought to pick up ALWAYS.
    Do this!
    Look at how far you have come!
    I am so happy to read your post, please keep posting,
    always and with great respect for your decision,
  8. beanface

    beanface New Member

    Thank you so much, both of you! I feel somewhat reassured now...maybe I`ll feel better when summer gets here! Thanks also for great advice, it`s so tempting to just park my life and myself somewhere in the shadows until whenever. Not the best of ideas... And yes, I have started laughing again! And crying, and feeling sad, and lots of emotions...feels allright :p Tv and films
    were killing me the first two months. Just cried my eyes out whatever I was watching :p
  9. flashedout

    flashedout Well-Known Member

    Yesterday was my one year anniversary off of sub and opiates. I wanted to thank everyone for their support along the way.
  10. jdude

    jdude Well-Known Member

    Hey Flash...good to see you posting.

    Congrats on the 1 year!!!!:cool:
  11. this is it

    this is it Well-Known Member

    In 9 months I will have been off suboxone for exactly 1 year. Just keep an eye out for my post =)
  12. Moonglow311

    Moonglow311 New Member

    I have one question... Is there any stone cold facts that suboxone has long term effects or have you created this reality for us all?? You make anything into what you want it to be. I'm not going to sit here and worry if I might have problems, I don't believe you. The side effects people have noticed are "not being able to sit still, vision problems, RLS" all which are mostly mental, and if you think long enough that your liver hurts, then it will!! but then you'll find one day you are holding your left side...:eek:
  13. Moonglow311

    Moonglow311 New Member

    Your body will eventually level itself out, it needs to be a certain way. That is why we don't live in withdrawal pain forever. The withdrawal is caused because the chemicals your body produces to stay active, energetic, is now being produced by the drug, ANY OPIATE NOT JUST SUBOXONE, and your body stops producing it...so once you stop the drug you experience the withdrawal from that chemical not being produced anymore, your body eventually will get tired of fighting and start producing the chemical again and voila you are back to normal. No need to worry about long term effects...
  14. jdude

    jdude Well-Known Member

    Welcome to ODR Moonglow.
  15. EarthGirl

    EarthGirl New Member

    Hi All. I'm new here. I've been taking subs for about 4 years now. I've been completely off for about 3 weeks now. (I have done the CT thing, no taper for me! Can’t afford the darn things at all any more.) Skinny, I agree w/everything you say. When I first started taking them, I thought it was a miracle. It seemed to help my ADHD/OCD and all seemed right with the world. Like you, after about 6 months, things changed and I was not the same person. It's been hell but I am doing it. I am pushing myself and trying to fake it till I make it. Each day does get a little better and I am hopeful that I'll get me back again one day soon. Just wanted to say that I will be posting in a year to let you all know how things are going after one year OFF the Subs! It does get easier and one thing I would strongly suggest to all who are going through it, don't listen to that little crazy voice in your head that says "this is never going to end. You can't do this without the subs!!!!" It's not true! I am doing it and I know that the voice is getting weaker each and every day that I choose to take back my life. Good luck to you all!!!
  16. jdude

    jdude Well-Known Member

    Welcome to ODR Earthgirl.
    Don't wait a year...start a thread and share your recovery with the folks here.

    Congrats on the recovery and clean time! :)
  17. Muddy

    Muddy Active Member

    As stated...at one year I would post an update - I am at one year off sub...things going very well.
  18. mimiluv

    mimiluv Well-Known Member

    I have been waiting soooo long to be able to post on this darn thread, lol......1 year ago today was the last time I put sub in my mouth. Thanks for all the help I got here at ODR!!

    I couldn't have done it w/ out the forums and of course w/ out my Jay!!!
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2010
  19. jdude

    jdude Well-Known Member

    1 year already? Gosh how time flies when you're having fun! :p

    A big CONGRATS Angela!
  20. mikewants2bfree

    mikewants2bfree New Member

    hey all,

    I am new to this site, and pretty much the whole blogging as well. I was wondering if I could get some guidance as to how I should run my suboxone dosage towards the end? I am sort of on a schedule now. Induced at 12mg, I am currently on 8mg and i will be taking it for two more days, and as long as I dont feel any w/ds i will be going down to six. If i do have w/d ill take a 1mg sliver, and start over until I can put three days together. Where i may need some advice is when I get down to 4mg all the way to 0mg. Ive done sooo much reading in the past week my eye balls hurt. But ive come realize that short term use would prob be best for me, my doc told me to take 16mg for a month and then go back and see him!!! well lets just say im glad i got into my researching. 8mg seems to be a steady dose, no w/d and feel pretty normal for the first time in a long time.
    Like I said this is my first post here and I am brand new, so im hoping to meet some friends on here that may be able to help me. I would be so grateful. THANK YOU

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