Clean Enough, 2.8 and 2.9

Treating myself In the spring of 1993 I took codeine cough medicine for a cold.  A few weeks later I was still taking the codeine each evening.  It worked so well; finally I could relax and get some quality sleep!  I started feeling more irritable in the morning as the Read more…

Are you ANXIOUS? Are you SURE?

I’ve been posting more lately, but I’m hoping to slow down by the end of the holidays to let everyone catch up.   I’ve also mentioned ‘my book’ several times in the past year, promising to myself and to others deadline that comes and go.  I wish I could take a month Read more…

Tired and Sick on Suboxone: What Would Junig Do?

I recently receive e-mails or read posts at Suboxone Forum that go something like this: I used all kinds of pain pills over the past ten years—Vicodin, then oxycodone, methadone, and even fentanyl patches. Then I got into heroin for a year and finally hit my rock bottom. I went Read more…

Drug Testing, Prescribed Opiates, and Employment

Im in a methadone maintenance program and am currently at 130 and I have pre-employment drug screen coming up in about a month. I wanted to see how low I could get off the methandone and switch to suboxone. if it is not detectable in a drug screen. Also, I Read more…

A Misguided Doctor Mis-guides a Patient

A question from a reader: I have been taking oxycontin 40mg 4 years and want to quit so went to dr and gave me 12 suboxone 8mg took one 8mg yesterday at 3pm which would be 20 hrs after last oxy i was having serious withdrawals 10minutes after taking the Read more…

Addiction, Pseudo-Addiction, and Dependence

I am now in charge of the ‘expert forums’ for both addiction and chronic pain over at medhelp.org.  I was happy to take the position, as I had battled the folks on the ‘community forum’ in the distant past over Suboxone, and the expert forum allows me a small platform Read more…

It's the Paradigm, Silly!

I talk quite a bit about the letters from ‘flamers’, but don’t often mention the messages of support from grateful people on Suboxone, and the nice comments from my patients.  I enjoy speaking to patients on Suboxone about the things said for example by the silly pharmacist in the last Read more…

Suboxone: a Drug for a Drug?

A common refrain of the anti-Suboxone crowd is that ‘Suboxone is just replacing one drug for another.’  I have one question for the people who write those angry messages:  why do you care so much about people using Suboxone? Here is my next youtube submission:

New Discoveries After Suboxone, Continued

Coincidentally, just as I posted last night’s post about my excitement for capitalism’s new interest in addiction medication, a very interesting post appeared on Bluelight (a very interesting site about drug use and abuse) about the same general idea– but with a different perspective.  I am going to try to Read more…

How Long Can I Take Suboxone?

I noticed this question in the search terms tonight. I would think I have covered this topic, but Then again, perhaps this is one of those things that seems to be a part of so many posts, but yet never gets a post of its own. The simple answer, I Read more…

Ready for Prime Time? SuboxDoc's YouTube Debut!

At the suggestion of our friend at the Suboxone taper site, I played around today and made a video on YouTube.  I was assured that a video would bring in hundreds of thousands of opiate addicts, all hungry for knowledge about addiction and Suboxone.  I will let you all know Read more…

Considering Suboxone in NE Wisconsin? Study Enrollment Ends Soon

I have talked a number of times about the fact that Suboxone is only a part of recovery from opiate dependence.  I have been one of the docs recruiting patients for a study that looks at an additional component of treatment that is provided by telephone.  Patients starting Suboxone for Read more…