I do have to chime in here. I have posted on this topic before and I have very strong
feelings about it mainly because I lived through it so this is not supposition but what my experience was.
I am not going into my whole back story, it's too lengthy and it can be found on this forum.
But, I was on Suboxone. The withdrawal from the Suboxone was SO MUCH WORSE than withdrawal from opiates.
It took me 9 days to withdraw totally from the suboxone....now, it wasn't the vomiting and flu like w/d from say morphine or oxycodone, which is usually about 3 days, but it was horrible...I didn't sleep and I ached all over and it was like there were thousands of red ants crawling under my skin. For 9 days, I also had a stomachache and didn't eat much. Now, I don't know if that is typical...my Doctor said, well, sooner or later "you have to pay the piper" ( he wasn't being sarcastic" he actually was very supportive).
The only thing I could do, was sit on the beach at sunrise and stare at the ocean and Pray...
Before all of the Suboxone fans start jumping up and down and countering with...well you didn't taper....etc..
YES...I did taper...Like my Doctor said..sooner or later, the piper has to be paid.
I really do not believe in the use of another addictive CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE being substituted for the one you are trying to detox from.
Addiction is addiction...
Especially those who have been on this stuff for Years...what is the difference in being addicted to Suboxone and in being addicted to Morphine??
I mean Really???
As Jack has said, Recovery is total ABSTINENCE...and the Florida BON sees it that way..
and so do I.
But BON aside....Having been addiction to opiates for about 8 years, then on suboxone, and now Thank God drug free for 2 1/2 years it's so much better.
It's so great not to have to WORRY
all of the time...worry if something will show up in a urine test. or like in the old days, worry if my script will run out and I wont have enough of my meds...and will I start to go into w/d...oh my gosh...this is SO much better.
I am So Greatful
and that's why I am so passionate about suboxone...and by the way it can be detected in your body for up to 11 days