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  1. gasman

    After 26 months of treatment, my only comment is: How do I come to terms with this for the “rest of my life?” In “active addiction” there was always something wrong with me. Now I take a pill daily to “fix” what is wrong with me. I don’t always view that fix as such a good thing, it’s just better than the alternative. I won’t list all the negatives here, a quick internet search would do that much faster. I just need to say that once the “glow” wore off and I got back to the daily grind I started to feel like I had just added a new set of responsibilities to deal with on a daily basis. IE: take pill,take laxative,keep doctor appt.,keep counciling appt.,make sure I have enough money to pay for all of those.
    Don’t get me wrong,Suboxone saved my life and most importantly, it saved my marrige. Something I will always be thankfull for.
    But it is still an opiate,all be it a very potent and very long acting one, with all the costs and”benefits” of every other opiate. It is just”legal”.
    As a user and abuser of opiates for 39+ years, most of the time I just feel like – Is this all there is?!

  2. MandaWhite

    I agree, exact same boat here, been on Sub. for 6 months now, I am VERY grateful… scared if I stop taking it I will relapse and then die. In essence Sub. saved my life…but will I be on it forever? Don’t know.
    On another note, thanks doc for backing Sub., hardly anyone else does. So sick of all the people that bash it, I would likely be dead if it weren’t for Sub.

  3. SneakyElephant

    Hi Doc, I just love your site! As a ‘Brit’ I just wanted to add a couple of comments regarding this most interesting article .
    First, I can tell you the reason that so many UK addicts die from methadone: THEY ARE ALL USING HEROIN AS WELL! At the pharmacy where I pick up my suboxone, there are always several people also collecting their daily dose of methadone, which must be consumed in the presence of the pharmacist. Upon leaving the premises, they then congregate in the doorway of the pub next door, and phone around all the local dealers to see who is holding. There then follows a loud discussion about who sells the biggest bags, who has good gear and whose stuff is crap, then they all have a big argument about money. Once the dust settles they all head off to the dealer of their choice. Please understand that it’s not the same faces every day, I see different ones on each occasion. In fact I know and have scored with many of them personally in the past.
    Another reason for the high mortality rate is that many of them are also using benzos and/or crack on a daily basis. Indeed the crack is responsible for their getting turned on to smack in the first place. It is common practise here for a person without a pipe handy to smoke crack on a sheet of foil, in the same manner as chasing the dragon. Of course when it melts crack is colourless, so the dealer will blithely enquire if they would like a ‘bit of colour’ in it so they can see what they are smoking. No prizes for guessing what provides the colour! Within a couple of weeks of this, the poor bastards are now scoring a bag to go with their rocks. This is not conjecture on my part, I have known personally many people who have gone this route. Many of these guys and girls succumb to respiratory failure in their sleep, surely due to the depressive effects of the drugs upon the CNS.
    As far as heroin being a medically prescribed drug, well yes in theory that is the case. However, in 9 years of active heroin addiction I have yet to see pharmaceutical diacetylmorphine hydrochloride for sale on the street. Just about all the gear we get here is very potent (minimum 40% heroin content) smokeable Afghani or Pakistani stuff. On rare occasions or in times of severe drought one may come across a bit of China White, but never the pure medical article.Also, neither I nor any of my aquaintances have ever heard of anyone being prescribed heroin even for chronic pain management. As in the USA various tablets are used for the purpose including morphine, but NEVER heroin. Some of our more enlightened politicians are seeking to reduce the crime rate by pushing (no pun intended) a Parliamentary bill allowing doctors to prescribe heroin to registered addicts, but to be honest they don’t stand a snowball’s chance. Still, it gets their faces in the press and on tv.Anyway, you should never believe anything you read in the British press, they are the biggest bullshitters on the planet. Want to read about Mother Theresa’s coke habit? How about the Pope’s 12 illegitemate children? You pay for it and they will write about it.
    I hope that this has been of some help to you, thanks once again for a very helpful and unique site.

  4. angelheart

    please somebody help! i am going to start a sub treament for my benzo anf kratom habit. it’s a 2 -4 week treatment. just really scared about, is that long enough to create a habit or at least minimize WD symptoms. if i am not not in the forum could someone direct to right one. Please anyone eevryone help with feedback! ernie

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