1. thank you so much for this blog…I am the mom of an addict…been through so much. My daughter got into the methadone program for opiate addiction…vicodin lastly…and now after 2 years at 15 mgs. has gotten down to 40 and is about to go onto suboxone. I’ve read crazy stuff, so it’s good to read your logical, medically sound take on the whole thing. Do you find that getting off the methadone will enable her to get some of her life back (as she has been sleeping it away for two years) ? I’m at a loss here because I’m supporting her (she lives 3,000 miles away and won’t come home) and there doesn’t seem to be any possibility of her leading a productive life. I know I’ve enabled…her psych told me to wait and let the suboxone start up and perhaps she’ll wake up a bit…just lowering the methadone has seemed to bring up old memories for her…but I’m getting old and she is 30 now! thoughts? (no yelling…I do feel stupid around this…my excuse is overcompensating for my abusive parents :)) thanks sos much,

  2. Laura

    I am a chronic pain patient, I found myself in this situation after 22 years of nursing in ICU, ER and Trauama. Who said nursing wasn’t a contact sport anywho? After 22 years, I found that my back pain was getting worse, so much so , that it was no longer backgroud noise in my brain and body. The pain started screaming at me. Before treatment, I could not stand for longer than 5 minutes for anything. Cooking was a big adventure. Cleaning was even a bigger adventure. Changing the sheets on the bed took all day. I had to plan all of my activities of daily living around my pain. Enter my first experience with opiates for me, as I had never used them for myself and I only knew what was in medical journals and text books (I was working n my Masters in Nursing. The pain got especially unlivable after I was severely beaten by my husband. He tried to kill me, I think he would have had I not escaped the apartment. Being beaten in the head and kicked all over with steel toed boots does not lend itself to an improvemnt in pain issues. Two days after this event (husband in jail nver to return to my apartment), I woke up an could not move. Scared, I called the ambulanceand went to the closest ER 22 miles away, and the ER docs were not very sympathetic to my plight and refused to give me anything for my incapacitating pain. Since I was on disability for psychiatric reasons, it seems no one believed the crazy person. I began the search for someone to take care of my pain issues. As soon as my Medicare kicked in, I made an appointment with the only pain doc in the small rural town. Prior to my arrival at his ofice for my forst visit, hehad all of my ER records and knew every thing I went through as I was quite vociferous as to my needs. Anywho, making a long story shorter, this angel of a doc managed my pain for 8 years. I respected him and we
    hen we talked it was peer to peer as I was not stupid and learnd th pain problems from him. Next I moved to Florida, and good grief, everything was different down here. The first pain doc I went to told me I was way over medicated and cut my oxy pills by 1/4th. Well I could manage with 120 pills a month of oxycodone 15 mgs. I then had the problem of my arthritis progressing and my nerve pain in my arms getting worse. I needed a pain management doctor I was told. Went to see the pain managemnt doctor who switched me to Fentanyl patces 50 mcgs every other day. If I wasn’t an addict before, I certainly was now. Then because of an honest misunderstanding, I was discharged from his practice and labeled a “drug addict”. Off to the next pain doctor, which I found out was in the same practice as my prior doc, so she copped an atitude regarding my pain issues and refused to listen to me. I found out after my first suboxone, that she had kept me in a constant beginning of withdrawal and seemed to delight in this situation since she refused to increase the fentanyl or give me any breakthrough meds. I won’t tell you the names I clled her on my way out of her office, never to return.
    Enter my psychiatrist, who told me I was a sweet woman, was not a drug addict and told me he would manage my pain with suboxone. Well fear of the unknown is the most important part of my switch from fentanl to suboxone. I went to drugs.com to find answers and was advised to look up your you tubevideo clips. They certainly answered most of my questions. And I thank you for alleviating most of my questions. So I have embarked on my suboxone adventure, never planning to get off of it. Knowledge is power. I read everything I can find regarding you and suboxone.
    Thank you for all of past experiences and you thoughtful sharing of such,

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