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  1. autumnraew

    I have been an opiate addict for about 5 years now. I started off on prescription pain pills like Vicodin, Percocet, Lorocet, etc.. Then when that wasn’t good enough, I moved onto Oxycontin. I have an extremely high tolerance to pain pills. Last summer I checked myself into a 7 day in-patient detox hospital, and they put me on Suboxone. Starting at 8mg/day and tapering down to 4mg/day. I stayed on the 4mg/day for quite awhile. I then tapered off the Suboxone by myself. It took me about 2 weeks to really start feeling ok. About 3 months after I was clean of everything, I relapsed on Heroin. I did Heroin for about 5 or so months. I was doing about 10 bags/day at $20/bag. When I realized I couldn’t go cold turkey off the Heroin, I reached out for help again. I went back to my Suboxone Dr. and he put me on 16mgs/day to start. I tapered down eventually to 4 mgs/day. I stayed on the 4 mgs for about 5 months and about 4 days ago, I came off of the Suboxone totally again. I tapered of course. Well, when I came off of the Suboxone, I just so happened to run out of my Xanax at the same time. So I was going through Opiate and Benzo withdrawal at the same time. It was pure hell. I thought I was going to lose my mind. I was going to go to the hospital, but thank God my Dr. wrote me a script for 150 0.5 Xanax’s with me taking up to 5 per day. The Xanax is really helping me a lot with the Suboxone withdrawal. But I know it’s just another Narcotic drug, and just another crutch. I seem to be in a vicious cycle here. Should I stay on the Xanax for the time being while I’m coming off the Suboxone? So far, I’ve been taking Xanax for about 4 months. And before when I was a very active drug user, I took benzos whenever I could get them. So I have an extremely high tolerance for them as well. Am I making this worse on myself by continuing to take the Xanax, or is it ok until my Suboxone withdrawal is all gone. I know I can’t come off the Suboxone cold turkey. I’ll have to taper for sure. Any feedback from anyone is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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