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Hitting Rock Bottom, Recovering & Hitting Rock Bottom Again

Rock bottom is a tough place to be, but on the other hand it can be a blessing because that is what it takes for some people to take action.  The truth of the matter is that a typical addict will hit rock bottom several times possibly as many as half a dozen before hitting that point where they have a chance of recovering. Some people do it their first time, for me it took about three times.

The first time I ended up in the hospital with complications related to high doses of opiates and it was enough to put a scare into me.  I put together a taper plan and followed it to the bet of my ability.  I actually almost made it to the end when I relapsed and within two weeks was right back where I started.


Real Rock Bottom – Cold Turkey Withdrawal & Counseling

My second crash to rock-bottom was much worse, my family intervened and they all told me how much I was hurting them and how they could see how I was hurting myself.  Getting my family involved was crushing and had me contemplating suicide as a very possible way to escape.   I was angry at my family and friends for not believing I could quit on my own and I proved them wrong by completing a cold-turkey withdrawal over about a ten day period. I gave it everything I had and barely made it; I can remember somewhere around day 4, 5 & 6 thinking I couldn’t take it anymore and was about to ask to be taken to the ER.  I held strong and pulled through on my own.   I swore to never go through that again and I attended NA meetings once or twice a week.

At this point I didn’t really believe *I* belonged in those meetings.  I still felt that I was “above” them.  This was far from the truth.

Suboxone Treatment & Counseling

But once an addict always an addict, I relapsed a few months later after I forgot about how bad things were.  This time I caught the mistake myself and took action on it myself.  I searched the yellow pages for Suboxone Clinics.  Let me start off by saying this, if Oxycodone is the devil, then Suboxone is the devils’ sister.  But if you go into a Suboxone treatment with a strong respect for it, you have a good chance at succeeding.

I make no money for talking positive or negative about Suboxone.  I can think of a lot of negative things to say about it, but I can say that it very well may have saved my life and I pray that the government never takes this amazing drug off the market.  If anything needs to be done, it is that doctors need a better education about Suboxone, the persons taking it know much more than those prescribing.

Lessons Learned in the Opiate Addiction

I’ve learned a lot over the years about opiate addiction, and various methods of recovery.  If one of my family members were on the same path as I was; I would definitely recommend he Suboxone Treatment, but I’d also make sure they had a very strong respect for Suboxone and how powerful it really is.  You are trading one opiate for another, but Suboxone has a very long half life and offers other advantages that basic opiates don’t offer.

I hope you enjoyed my story, and I hope that it compels you to share yours.





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3 Responses

  1. Southern girl says:

    Thanks..hit the nail on the head. Im in the process of tapering down off suboxone. Down from 3 8mg strips a day to half strip or 4 mg once a day. Hear a lot of horror stories getting off 2mg strips. My doc said id be on suboxone for a year or more. Its been two months, and I want off sooner than later. How was the taper for you, as the devils sister of opiads..lol. seriously kind of worried….it was a life saver to me, but I have realized so much on it, that I want to be med free….whats I should have been all along. Great story……so true. Appreciate you honesty and courage in posting this……

    • Richard says:

      Hi Southern Girl, I am embarrassed to say that I missed your post in the mix of all the spam comments. Taper for me was okay, getting below 1mg was the challenge but if you take one to two weeks before adjusting downward it isn’t bad at all. Like do three weeks at 1mg, then 2-3 weeks at .5mg, then 2 weeks at .25mg and then start going .25mg every other day because cutting strips any smaller is hard, as long as you can taste the “orange” under your tongue, that is enough to make the withdrawal feelings go away. Now it can take an hour or two for such small doses to “kick-in” so you have to be patient or take it right when you wake up. I have had friends that take the 1mg Suboxone then they don’t wait long enough and take more they are only delaying their recovery. 1mg is quite effective even though the psychologist say it is “in your head” — even if it is in our head it is REAL. Stopping from 1mg DOES cause withdrawal starting about the 2nd day after last dose of Suboxone

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