I am placing a new link in the Blogroll to a site that discusses tapering Suboxone. I want to be clear that in my opinion, an opiate addict’s safest place is on Suboxone. Many opiate addicts also find that on Suboxone they experience less mood variability, less irritability, and less anxiety; I wonder if those symptoms represent forms of craving for those individuals.
I don’t see a ‘disease theory of addiction’; rather I see very clearly that opiate dependence IS A DISEASE (maybe we need to run a campaign: It’s a disease, stupid!). For hypertension, people take their medication and spend no time worrying about whether they are ‘living a life free from beta-blockers’. Seeing that the people who judge addicts as ‘weak’ are idiots, I don’t understand the push to ‘get off Suboxone’.
If you are having side effects from Suboxone, please talk to your doctor. If you are having random urges to stop Suboxone, at least consider the possibility that on some level you are setting things up to use again… and talk to your doctor. If you have taken Suboxone for a long-enough period of time to make new, non-using friends, to lose all of the phone numbers, to get a good job, to come to terms with the family issues caused by your addiction– and if you can take Suboxone once per day without giving in to urges to take a bit more or to dose twice per day– AND if you have a plan to replace Suboxone with a recovery program– then maybe you are ready to taper off Suboxone. In that case… talk to your doctor!!
You will also find discussions about the issue at The Forum. If you want to collect all of the wisdom of forum members, try SuboxSearch ; just search the forum (not the blog) for posts with the word ‘taper’ and you’ll find pages and pages of collected wisdom.
Finally, if you are making a sound decision based on some good, sober thinking, check out the web page SuboxoneTaper.com. It is relatively new, but I like the attitude of the writer– admittedly because he seems to think and write like me! He comes across as cocky and angry… and I realize that I write like that as well. Let there be no mistake– I have connections to some other web sites out there, but I have no connection to this one, and I don’t know the writer. So if he suddenly gets in trouble for selling a Senate seat, I had nothing to do with it and I have nothing to say about it!!