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How to Get Off of Suboxone for Good?

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I started this blog and Facebook page to connect with others and to help others get off opiates by means of Suboxone Therapy (and to keep me motivated and educated along the way). I also though that I could make a little extra money from advertising revenue to help me pay for my Suboxone expenses (which didn’t really happen but that’s ok). I thought if I tried to also help others and create a community, it would help me succeed easier. The truth is, it did help; however, the most important thing for me was the realization that I was just being a pussy and I was getting down on my knees for a drug because I was afraid to face the world as a sober man and I was even more afraid to suffer for a few weeks (i.e. withdrawal). I needed the drug for my confidence, my well-being, and to function in social settings while feeling comfortable.

Well, now I know that’s all bullshit and it’s sad when doctors encourage long-term use of Suboxone, it should be used for about a month with a taper-down schedule and that should be the end of it. But since Suboxone has become a very lucrative and reliable additional revenue stream for so many doctors, they continue to encourage their patients to stay on it long-term and continue paying those doctor visit fees which range from rediculous fees to outrageous fees depending on where you live and your Suboxone Doctor. I went through about 4 different Suboxone Doctors and all I could see were dollar signs in their eyes, they didn’t give a shit about my well being or my future which didn’t surprise me because I understand that this is America and America is about making money, but that’s another story.

Quick Note: I didn’t really plan this blog post so forgive me if it isn’t organized in the best way for you.

I have to admit I tried to get off Suboxone 3 times and failed each time, but I finally succeeded not too long ago (I was on them for a total of 3 years taking one full 8/2mg strip per day). I can say with real joy that the withdrawal symptoms are all gone and my desire to take another Suboxone Film is non-existent (just that nasty orange taste creeps me out now, I hated waking up every morning feeling like shit and the only way to feel good was to put that nasty Suboxone Film under my tongue twice per day).

In addition, all the negative Suboxone Side Affects that come with long-term use were what I used for additional motivation to quit and never look back. I’m talking about waking up every morning feeling “withdrawly” until that sub kicks in, the constipation, the obsessive thinking/OCD, the weight loss, the low sex drive, the cigarette cravings, the fuzzy mind, the insomnia if you take a sub too late at night, the loss of interest in wanting to hang out with friends and family and get into a meaningful relationship, the $250/month to stay on the drug, the nasty taste, the nausea from time to time, being dependent on some asshole doctor who has his false assumptions about you and has no idea what you are going through, muscle twitching, long periods of laziness, and on and on. It just isn’t how human beings are supposed to live and I decided that I would stop being a piece of shit and start living like a champion again.

The suffering (i.e. the withdrawals) were just my punishment for using drugs to mask my feelings for 3 years and I deserved it. When you see other people around the world in other cultures where they are starving and living in crazy poverty, it’s kind of hard to complain about a few weeks of suffering.

Once you get past the initial withdrawals (which really are not that bad as long as you stop thinking like a little baby and start thinking like the strong man or woman that you are along with some tips I will give you below), then you just need to make sober living a habit in the same way you made drug living a habit. Habit formations take around 60-90 days, so it really isn’t that difficult to transform your life from shit to being happy, productive, and strong again.

Since I’ve quit, all I want to do now is be high on life (love, laughter, adventure, running, comedy, walking on the beach and feeling the sand and cold water on my feet, meditating, yoga, playing with my dog, focusing on my career, helping others, learning, improving, appreciating the insane beauty of our planet, etc.) and it has been working out great so far. But just smiling more and offering to help people throughout my day has probably made the biggest difference in regards to reducing my anxiety and giving me real true confidence as a compassionate man. And to think back on how negative and judgmental I used to be makes me sick and I’m certain that was the cause of my anxiety in the first place which in turn got me started using opiates to mask all the negative emotions I was unknowingly creating myself.

The takeaway here is that you have the natural power to control your mood and your emotions, and therefore the hormones and neurotransmitters (e.g. oxytocin, dopamine, endorphines, seretonin, etc.) that get released into your bloodstream which make you feel good or bad depending on the actions and thoughts you choose.

Of course, drugs are a quick fix, but wouldn’t you rather learn to make yourself feel good naturally (i.e. take control of your biochemistry) and for the long term? Training your mind is no different than training your body, it takes a lot of work and practice. I recommend developing a daily habit of taking care of your mind and body because they work together as a system. The healthier and stronger you get physically will only make it easier for you to become skilled at controlling your thoughts, emotions, and therefore your level of well-being.

It took about 2 weeks of suffering to get back to feeling normal again after 3 years of being high on subs every day (and yes, although it is subtle, subs do get you high). And then it took another few weeks for me to actually start feeling good again where I was eating regularly and sleeping regularly without any withdrawal-related suffering.The reason Suboxone Withdrawals last longer than Heroin withdrawals is because the halh-life for Suboxone (i.e. Buprenorphine) is 37 hours which is much stronger than Heroin or Oxycontin and most other opiate narcotics.

Whatever your reasons might be for using, mine were mostly related to me wanting to numb/suppress my anxiety and loneliness. When I started on Oxycontin and Heroin before eventually going on Suboxone a while back it just happen to be at a time in my life when I was vulnerable and desperate because I had just had my heart broken from a long-time girlfriend that I was in love with and the drugs filled the void I had instantly. Opiates became my new girlfriend. She never complained and she never failed to make me feel good, but she was still quite expensive and a bit hard to get a hold of in the beginning until I discovered the trusty and reliable Suboxone Prescription. This allowed me to get my drugs on a consistent basis, bypassing all the bullshit you have to deal with trying to get hooked up on the street through a friend of a friend of a friend who knows a friend!

How to Get Off for Good:

Anyways, if you are still on Suboxone and you are fed up and want to get off, I recommend taking at least 2 weeks off of work and do the following:

1. Get a 30 day supply of Xanax from your Dr. (this is helpful for the body pains, anxiety, and especially for when you hit the insomnia phase of your withdrawals–this happens around day 5 or 6 and robs you of sleep for up to a week if you don’t have something like Xanax to knock you out.

2. Load up on Ibuprofen and Tylenol which you will be taking 2-3 times per day (2-4 each depending on your weight)

3. Get Dramamine for those times when you feel nausea (it will save you from throwing up for hours). Dramamine will also help you sleep.

4. Take a lot of hot baths, jacuzzi time, hot showers, etc. for the cold sweats and aches

5. If you can, get Clonodine from your doctor, this helps with sleep and restlessness (use it as needed, it is not an opiate but it almost works like it is).

6. Trazadone can also be used to help with sleep, anxiety, and restlessness (no need to combine it with Clonidine though, if you can only get one, get Clonidine, it works better).

7. Pick up about 8 5-hour energy drinks that you will use for the malaise (i.e. low energy phase). When you are feeling like you have no energy to move, drink a half bottle of 5-hr energy and it will help a lot (its the L-Tyrosine which is the active ingredient that gives you energy).

8. Eat as much healthy food as you can and drink as much water as you can every day. The more frequently you go to the bathroom, the sooner your withdrawals will be over (you have to get your metabolism back on track).

9. Some people say to use Imodium for the runs but I had a really bad experience with it so I say stay away from it and just deal with the runs if they happen. The Imodium as well as laxatives can cause insane stomach cramps and pain by creating a bunch of liquified stool that gets locked inside of you for hours before you can get it out and the pain will be so bad that you will be begging to die. It isn’t worth the risk of taking it.

10. Get as much exercise as you can whenever you can. This will speed up the recovery process and make you feel stronger and better overall.

11. Take B vitamins and potassium every day as well for the first couple of weeks.

12. Get outdoors if you can or if you feel up to it, it will make the time go by faster and get you more tired for bedtime at night.

13. This is just my preference – get some herb to smoke to help with anxiety, relaxation, and to help boost your appetite so you can eat.

That’s it folks. Follow the above and you should be good to go! It is really just a matter of getting all the supplies ready before you start and you will feel prepared and ready to quit for good. Also write all the negative side affects associated with being addicted to opiates on a big whiteboard or piece of paper and look at it every day so you can remind yourself everyday why you need to quit for good.

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