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LONG TERM SUBOXONE USE

I AM A HEROIN ADDICT THAT MANAGED TO KICK THE HABIT BY USING SUBOXONE TO COMBAT THE WITHDRAWLS, IT WORKED REALLY VERY WELL BUT I NEVER STOPPED TAKING SUBOXONE, SO HAVE BEEN A DAILY USER, I TAKE ABOUT 1MG EVERY 12-24 HOURS,AM I JUST FOOLING MYSELF AND HAVE JUST SWAPPED ONE ADDICTION FOR ANOTHER???  I FUND THAT IF I GO TOO LONG WITHOUT THE SUBOXONE (EVEN SUCH A SMALL AMOUNT) I GET RATHER IRRITABLE,ETC.
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Hey I'm actually on day 2 of being off suboxone. I was a heavy opioid abuser. I took  8 mg twice a day. I tapered down to 1 film for a while, then went to 4mg for 2 weeks, then did 2 mg for a week, then 2 mg every other day, then 1 mg for a few days. Your body def becomes dependent on it. And you will go thru withdrawals. Ive heard 500 different stories from 500 different people of how it's not that bad and the physical withdrawals only last for about a weekto its awful and that depression and anxiety can last for months. I try not to waste trio much time reading the horror stories. Are you deciding to coming off the subs? If you're only taking 1 mg it Prob will be fairly easy for you! Good luck. Keep posting Id like to keep up with what and how your doing!!
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The least painful way, according to my doctor, is to taper down to .5mgs a day, then start skipping days, then every 3 days, then quit. If you have been on subs a long time, meaning more than a year, it is not uncommon for the withdrawals to last a couple months, anxiety and sleep issues seem to be the major complaints. I would suggest getting into some form of aftercare, while you are tapering down. A great deal of sub detox, opiates in general, is the mental and emotional detox. I felt and thought things I had forgotten about, was flashing back to my childhood, it was all good healing, but not always warm and fuzzy. The emotional and mental detox have not happened yet, you are still on an opioid. How long you been on subs and do you plan on taking them awhile to form a solid recovery? Are you in aftercare?
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