Intensive Outpatient Treatment is the program that I am attending. The place is called Our Lady of Peace and is located in Louisville, KY. Recently, I was asked by a page on Facebook to write about my experiences there. This is the second entry.
When I walked into OLOP ( Our Lady of Peace ) my mind was already made up. I had been taking Suboxone and Xanax for years and just didn’t think I could come off of the Suboxone.
When it was my turn to “check in” I announced to the room that I was taking suboxone, had been taking that or methadone for about ten years. Also, that they need not try to change my mind. I was there to get off of the Xanax because the Xanax is dangerous to come off of without being monitored. There is no telling how many times I have done it on my own before, but the older we get the more scared we become. That has been my experience anyway.
After I told them my story I was shocked that no one jumped up and gave me the typical lecture. You know the one, you are just trading one drug for another. To which I normally reply, oh yeah, your right. The only difference is now what I am doing is legal, monitored by a doctor and it makes it possible for my to be a productive member of society. That is all I am going to say about this subject for right now because my views are strong and that is not what I am writing about today.
So the rest of the room told a little about their story and for the first time since this disease began I thougth maybe I could do this. Just maybe