So, you are thinking about using Suboxone or Methadone to get off of HEROIN or OPIATES, let’s talk about it okay. So I have been addicted to opiates for almost 20 years. My addiction started like most with Loratabs or Vicodin. When 5 at a time wasn’t enough, it was undeniable that there was a serious problem. There was no functioning without putting these pills into my system.
After being told about Methadone, I called a clinic in Southern Indiana. At the time, I smoked a ton of pot and heard that in Indiana they did not care about smoking pot…right up my alley.
First of all, no one should get on methadone or suboxone if they are just taking hydrocodone . Believe me, you don’t want to trade a monkey for a gorilla. Seriously, that is what you would be doing.
However, if you have been abusing the harder ones it might be an option for you. The deal is if you want to do either of these maintenance drugs, you need to understand a few things.
First of all don’t let anyone tell you that Suboxone is easier to come off of than Methadone. They are both equally hard to come off of. The success rate of staying clean after detoxing is very small. I mean you came to these drugs because you didn’t want to face a few days or couple of weeks of withdrawal. How in the hell are you going to face 2 to 3 months, and a good 6 months before you feel like it’s all gone?
Now if you have been using hard opiates and time after time you have detoxed and found zero success, this is when you consider Methadone or Suboxone. If it were me, the only way I would use these drugs is if I were making a lifetime commitment to them. That is right, you are going to marry these drugs. Like I said earlier the withdrawal is much longer than with any other opiate.
I have zero cravings after getting stabilized on these meds. If you have a weak moment, it won’t matter because you won’t get high. Buying dope is a waste of time and money. It is a safety net, it ensures you won’t pick up something on impulse.
If you feel you truly need a maintenance drug talk to your doctor, before going to a clinic. The clinics are a business and letting patients detox is bad for business. If you have any questions about either of these drugs or anything at all, please feel free to ask. I would be happy to give you more detail of my experiences.
Don’t forget there is also Vivitrol out now. It is a shot. I have never used it so I will not speak about it. Ask your doctor if you think it might be a good fit for you.