A New Way to Stop Suboxone?

Originally Posted 10/27/2013 I usually have my wife/business partner review my posts and provide her opinion whether my arguments are sound.  For the record, she tells me that this post is technical and boring.  I disagree, but we aren’t planning to separate over the issue.  A valid criticism, I think, Read more…

Treating Depression with Opioids?

I received this message today: Hi, you probably answer this quite a bit. I’ve been depressed for as long as i can remember. Ive been on the ssris, snris, amphetamines and methylphenadate but none of these have worked as well as opiates. (Certainly short term,I don’t take for long periods Read more…

Almost Ready to Get Help?

Another chapter from my untitled book, ‘Clean Enough,’ begins with comments from a reader of my blog.  The picture has nothing to do with anything, except that the Packer win was pretty awesome.  The view is from my seat at Lambeau during a game this season. I have been using Read more…

Endorphin Deficiency Syndrome and Buprenorphine

Every now and then I receive an e-mail  or comment that is sufficiently long to warrant a post of it’s own.  Below is the comment without interruption;  a bit lower I repeat parts of the comment, interspersed with my own responses.  I hope you find it interesting. The comment: I Read more…

Buprenorphine, methadone, and testerone

A member at the buprenorphine forum wrote about his own health issues including hormonal imbalances, prompting me to do a literature search on buprenorphine and testosterone.    I found a couple interesting studies and invite people to visit the forum and read about them, and comment if you wish.  To find Read more…

Buprenorphine (Suboxone) treatment of Refractory Depression

I can’t remember– did I ever point out this article about the use of buprenorphine for depression? I stumbled across it today while looking for something else.  The paper is from 1995, about a study done even earlier– well before Suboxone was around. Here is the abstract: Opiates were used Read more…

Buprenorphine and Mood: Does Suboxone Treat Depression?

Thanks for the the feedback everyone! I should explain the logo… when I was doing the logo contest at logotournament.com (which is an excellent resource by the way) I asked for help in picking a winner. The logo at the top of the page was not an entry at that Read more…

Getting Off Alprazolam (Xanax): The need for Recovery

A comment on my old blog referred to a discussion about the withdrawal from Xanax, or Alprazolam, a short half-life benzodiazepine: Clonazepam (Klonopin) actually is not the drug of choice used in benzo withdrawal, rather it is diazepam (Valium). Clonazepam It is not a very long-acting drug, with a half-life Read more…

Feelings, Nothing More Than Feelings….

No, I’m not a big Barry Manilow fan… Opiate addicts, for whatever reason, become very lousy at determining what they are ‘feeling’.  Ideally, feelings serve to enrich one’s life;  feelings add the music to the story, add the heat to the dish, add the…  heck, I don’t know.  I’m no Read more…

As If!

A comment and question from a reader: How’s it going people thanks for the education dr. I’ve been on Suboxone for 3 months now and am down to 2 mgs a day, I have found that getting physical exercise is such a key to my over sense of well being. Read more…

A Controversial Topic

I am considering whether to go forward with this post even as I type this sentence– the comments on depression and Suboxone by Kimmie and ‘Bottlecappie’ are quite thought-provoking and I thank them for their contributions.  I am going to post the one by Kimmie ‘up here’;  I first want Read more…

Depression again

Hi, I wrote in this morning asking for your opinion on taking suboxone for depression and severe anxiety. I can not find my post or comment, although I had not signed up for the site until this recent comment. I’m just wondering where my comment went and if it was Read more…