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I have been looking over this board for some help to some questions I have. I am an addict to hydrocodone. I found a physician whom I like very well who participates in the suboxone program. Back last December 2007, he started me on Subutex and I was on that 3 times daily for about 2 weeks. He then started me on the suboxone 3 times a day at 8 mg each. I am STILL on this dosage. Is this normal to be on this dosage this long? I am getting a little concerned. Is "detoxing" from suboxone as bad as detoxing from hydrocodone? Maybe I am just not educated enough to understand how this suboxone is supposed to work. My doctor tried to explain it to me, but I was under the impression that it would be a lot quicker taper than 7 months. I look so forward to the day when I can go without taking anything and feel good. I'm so tired of this addiction. It has caused so much pain and anguish in my life and I am so tired of disappointing myself as well as those I love. So, I guess my question is this....how much longer can I expect treatment with suboxone to last and how bad is it going to be when I taper. The doctor told me it was very minimal for most all of his suboxone patients if any at all. I'm scared all over again. It's kind of like fighting fire with fire. Can someone explain to me in simple everyday terms...just how is it supposed to work? All the best to everyone. Thanks for being here.
I can't thank you all enough for your replies. I take everyone's opinion very seriously and I will ask more questions at my next appointment. I did want to mention that my doctor DID try to lower me down to 2 pills per day, but I felt I was going through withdrawals at that dose. I told him about it and he mentioned to me that more than likely it was mostly psychological because sub stays at a level in ones system for 24 hours or something to that effect. It's just a confusing drug to me. Granted, I would rather be on a small dose and a small dose for the rest of my life than to worry about ever being addicted again to hydrocodone. That was not living...just existing and existing in a perpetual fog. What kind of life is that? I never want to go through that again. My poor family...I had put them through hades. Ended up on parole because of my habit and the manner in which I was getting the pills. An educated woman from a wonderful family background, wonderful career and ended up forging prescriptions for pills. How messed up is THAT? Addiction can be one of the most humbling and humiliating things to happen to someone. I live for the day when I can feel "normal" again without having to take so much as an aspirin. I remember those days.

Thanks again to everyone. I really and truly appreciate your responses.