Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Seboxone: Switching One Addiction for Another?

Some people think that taking seboxone for addiction is switching one addiction for another. My daughter has been heroin-free for almost 5 months now thanks to that little orange, stop sign- shaped pill called suboxone. Yes, it has its side effects and yes she is addicted to suboxone however, her chances of being arrested, contracting a serious disease, or worse death is worth it...don't you think? I have my daughter back...a young, free spirited teen who has her whole life ahead of her. As a mother of a now, not-addicted-to-heroin teen, I feel very lucky.

Is buprenorphine [suboxone] treatment just switching one addiction for another? According to http://www.naabt.org/faqs.cfm the answer is No– and I have to agree.

Basically, taking suboxone is just one part of the treatment plan. Counseling is another very important part of treatment. I've found this to be true. The counseling actually helps with learning why you turn to drugs in the first place. The drug-seeking behavior ends, the compulsive need to use ends, the stealing and the lying end. The anxiety and intense sense of need end...because you're not waking up in the morning wondering where and how you'll get your next fix. If you take your suboxone as directed, get enough rest, eat healthy, exercise and seek counseling you will be successful. Yes, there will be times when you feel the need to go out and use...you may want to ask your Doctor about increasing your dose for a while until those feelings subside. Or, maybe you just want to go out and use because you really love heroin...talk to someone...just to help you get through it. If you're just kicking around on the internet to get information on how to stop...there are some really great websites and some wonderful people out there who know what you're going through and how to help. Don't be afraid to stop. If you're in pain find a Doctor who prescribes suboxone...your pain will immediately be gone!

Switching a life threatening drug like heroin for a very small, orange, stop sign-shaped pill...is not switching one drug for another. I call it smart...

9 comments:

Fractalmom said...

i'm glad the suboxone worked for your daughter. it didn't work for mine. she is now 29 years old, has three kids, two of whom i have custody of. she is on her ninth rehab, currently on methadone.

her second child was born a junkie. the third child was born addicted to methadone.

don't go more than a day at a time. the recidivism rate is horrid. only about 2 percent of junkies make it long term.

i hope and pray your daughter is one of them.

My Daughter's Addiction said...

Thank you for your kind words. I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter and grandchildren.

It seem that its very difficult to actually stay on the seboxone because its just so easy to stop taking it and start using heroin again. I had to watch my daughter take it everyday for the first couple of months...then one day she just decided on her own that she didn't want to go back...Time will tell...one day at a time...one breath at a time.

Its so difficult to watch your children walk down that road. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Getting off the oxycontin and into a suboxone program was the smartest decision I ever made. It works... as long as the support is there and the will power and drive is too. I have been sober for over a year now and have my loved ones and a caring, concerned doctor to thank for that. Anyone can do this if they want it bad enough. Suboxone is a miracle and life saver. I hope everyone who decides to introduce this wonder pill into their life benefits the way I did. God bless.

Anonymous said...

I just have to say to Fractalmom that it wasn't suboxone that didn't work for her daughter, it's because her daughter didn't want it to work. Suboxone is only half of it. You have to WANT it. It being a clean life. It's just like people that think there is a skinny pill. Appetite suppressants are only HALF of it. Maybe when Fractalmom's daughter hits rock bottom she will figure it out. Many people don't. Many die so others can live. I thank God that I did. I've got a year now.

My Daughter's Addiction said...

Anonymous....Happy anniversary! My daughter has been clean for about 18 months now. Suboxone really did help her and personally I think suboxone is a miracle drug. You're right, if you don't want to quit and you don't want to put forth any effort in getting clean then nothing will work. I don't know you but I'm very proud of you nonetheless!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much! I truly appreciate it. Suboxone is a great drug. Especially for someone who has gone through horrible 14 day withdrawals with nothing. The 2nd and hopefully the last time I was spared the agony by being given suboxone on a very short term basis. 6 days. That's all it took.
Many people want to blame everything but an addict's unwillingness. All we can do is pray for them to be enlightened.

My Daughter's Addiction said...

Anonymous-you only had 6 days of suboxone? that's impressive...My daughters doctor talked about doing the quick suboxone thing with my daughter but he changed his mind the next week, maybe because of her age [17] and she was afraid to stop the suboxone for fear she'd get sick again.

Anonymous said...

Don,t fool yourself..or let the docs fool you. Suboxone is a powerful opiod.

Even the link you listed is financed by the DRUG manufacturer.

Anonymous said...

I just completed a detox program for oxycontin and the first 2 days were complete hell until the doctor decided to presribe suboxone. I instantly began to feel better, the withdrawl symptoms went away and I felt like i could actually function and become a productive member of society again.I am thankful for the suboxone and with that, therepy and NA meetings I know I will never do oxycontin again!You have to be ready to quit taking drugs or nothing will work for you.