Sorry we have not had a chance to meet until now.I am a moderator here, a Buprenorphine advocate, and also am an alcoholism website moderator. I am very busy earning my degree in Addiction Studies and interning at a outpatient facility, but nice to meet you.
I thought I would take the liberty of responding to some of your postings, hopefully you will welcome a fresh perspective.
Suboxone was great at first. I was prescribed two 8mg hexagons a day and at first, it felt just like an OC. I was like great, this is perfect, but that feeling runs out very quick, I would say probably after a month of use. From there on, you get no euphoric feeling at all. I know people who go back to ocâ€™s at this point because to them, the drug is useless. Yes, I understand the point of the drug though and that is to make you not want to crave your street drug and it works to a certain point but it doesnâ€™t help your mental addiction, just your physical in my book because if I was around any type of OCâ€™s, I would have done them most likely and almost did a few times.
There has never been any documentation that stated Suboxone was intended to help your mental addiction to opiates, that is why physicians are supposed to recommend addiction support groups, counseling, or addiction education. A pill is not going to change an addict's thought process. Research has shown that visual cues of an addictive nature trigger sensory transmitters in our brains more than ten years after being abstinent from drugs, which is why learning to manage cravings is imperative for long term recovery.
In regards to your depression, being addicted to opiates for over seven years will wreck havoc on your natural mood stabilization. Again, research has proven that it can take many years to repair the damage done to the neurotransmitters in the brain, sometimes the damage is permanent. Suboxone did not cause your depression, years of opiate abuse may have or it could have been a pre-existing condition that your drug abuse kicked into high gear. Unless you are absolutely certain, it is not fair to put the blame on the one thing that eased your suffering. There are many factors to consider, and all of them need to be examined.
With your Suboxone withdrawal, I understand your anger and frustration because nobody wants to feel like crap when they expect not to. Did your doctor not explain what was possible as you tapered? Did your doctor walk you through a tapering schedule? Every single person that goes through a taper and drop from Suboxone all have different experiences. You said that you have yet to see anyone successfully get off of Suboxone on here, but there are people who have. I also know of others who succeeded at stopping their Suboxone treatment, if you would like to read their stories, I will be happy to provide links for you. I have seen suffering and I have seen a walk in the park with tapers. So many factors to consider in this, many of which never get talked about such as, a person's physical activity levels, vitamin levels, dual diagnosis', pre existing conditions, stress levels, etc. All of these components matter when a person is tapering, and they all will affect the tapering process.
I provided my insight to help show you that medication assisted addiction treatment is not so black and white, and you have spoken from your own personal experiences which is why this site exists.I just hope that you do not generalize negative statements about Suboxone because you may be sending the wrong message to others. By educating ourselves and by doctors doing their part in an ethical fashion, med. assisted treatment will receive a more balanced perspective.There is still tons of research to be done on addiction and the medications created to aid recovery.