Making People Stop
Making People Stop
Posted: 01/03 12:00 AM
Below is an e-mail that I changed just enough to hide the person’s identity. Every week, I receive messages that describe similar situations. My husband has struggled GREATLY with substance abuse since in his 20′s; he is now in his mid-40′s. He is the kindest sweetest man and he is the BEST husband and father. [...]
Source: Suboxone Talk Zone
A recovering psychiatrist talks about Suboxone, treatment for opiate dependence and chronic pain. Includes questions and answers with addicts and patients on Suboxone.
Posted: 01/03 09:43 AM
Wow, what a story. I pray that by the time I'm in my mid-40s this is all over. It's bad enough to be a kid putting your parents through jails and ODs..but your wife and children?!?!
It's fucking selfish. All considered, Suboxone really worked for him if he was able to overcome it. I really hope for that family's sake that it is lasting.
The wife in this story seems very supportive, but she wants the doctor to just do what she wants her to do and that is that. I don't necessarily think the guy should have to taper off completely if he doesn't want to, but the wife says he used to take MORE than 32 mg/day, which is what the doc has him on now, and she told them no one else is on this high of a dose..because no one needs more than 30 mg/day. That is the ceiling dose for Suboxone. When I say ceiling dose, I am using the DICTIONARY definition, not this websites definition. A ceiling dose is the dose at which your brain cannot absorb more of the drug. For Sub, that dose is ~30mg.
So on one side, I don't think he should face a forced taper, but his doc seems to be doing the right thing. For now, she just seems to want him on less then the (largest possible) dose he is taking now.
I also disagree with a little of what the article says. The doc not wishing to continue prescribing the ceiling dose of Suboxone to someone who has already been on it for 4 years doesn't make her a bad doctor. Sub 4 life is not IDEAL..the ideal scenario is to use it as a tool to eventually be off opiates. So I can see why the doc wants to see if her patient is eventually capable of that.
Maybe I'm being unfair or something. I personally feel like I've had my time to heal, I'm getting better, and I'm getting ready to (wo)man up and live the healthiest lifestyle I can. My body is healthier without Suboxone. This guy has been on it for 4 years..I get doing it for life if you really can't ever stop using, but it just shouldnt be the goal..so I totally get why his doctor is opposed to him being on it for life.
IMO.... From suboxforum.com