A Common Mistake

I brought a note from the ‘comments’ section up here because it presents a topic that comes up over and over with opiate dependence and Suboxone.  I am the expert on MedHelp.org’s addiction forum;  I get questions and comments like this one quite frequently on that site– although I have Read more…

Kratom and Suboxone; Being 'Clean' and Recovery

On a message board called ‘opiophile’, a person wrote about being a long-term opiate addict, then taking methadone for a couple years, then going on Suboxone for a couple years.  He eventually stopped Suboxone, and had a miserable period of withdrawal… which never, by his recollection, ever totally went away.  Read more…

Micrograms, Tapering, and the Ubiquitous Nature of Addiction

One thing I enjoy so much about the blog is that I receive comments from people around the world… hello to my new friend in Holland, and California, and New York… I have also mentioned before how the miserable disease of opiate dependence affects people from all jobs and socioeconomic Read more…

Addiction and Will Power

A person posted the following after one of my youtube videos about Suboxone: While SuboxDoc knows what he’s talking about in his videos, not everything he says is always true. Not everyone needs permanent blocker therapy. Everyones willpower varies. The simple fact is, the worse withdrawal is, the more likely Read more…

Newer Recovery Programs?

Addiction is a chronic relapsing condition;  opiate addiction in particular is characterized by cycles of dependence, withdrawal, and relapse.  Treatments to date can be separated into the ‘detox’ stage, the ‘treatment’ stage, and the ‘maintenance’ or ‘relapse prevention’ stage (not to be confused with the term ‘maintenance therapy’ as applied 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…

Darn That Suboxone!

This guy doesn’t like Suboxone– or the horse it rode in on.  He has been trying to write angry posts under my youtube videos, but I have been blocking them– His feelings about Suboxone popped up on one of the health sites out there this morning, catching my attention through Read more…

Tapering Suboxone

I am placing a new link in the Blogroll to a site that discusses tapering Suboxone.  I want to be clear that in my opinion, an opiate addict’s safest place is on Suboxone.  Many opiate addicts also find that on Suboxone they experience less mood variability, less irritability, and less Read more…

Angry at Suboxone? Why?!

I received a nice message today in a comment section;  I am posting the message and the thoughts that it generated.  The primary topic of this post is the anger that is often directed toward the use of Suboxone. The nice comment: Hi Dr. Junig, my name is Jane XXXXXX. Read more…

Precipitated Withdrawal, Now What?

I saw this question on another board– I didn’t want to add my reply to the other five answers already listed, so I’ll put it here for hopefully the next unfortunate person in ‘precipitated withdrawal’ to find. For those who don’t know, precipitated withdrawal occurs when a person’s level of 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…