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Hi, Kelly,

Suboxone is a relatively new drug that is used to break addiction...tho it is addictive in itself. A strange drug, but one that has been tremendously successful for many (and one I hope to find a doctor for, myself.)

Those who take it...like Sammi, Banker, Godess, etc. can share their firsthand experiences with it. Suboxone works by attaching itself to the brain's opiate receptors, and tho it is an opiate itself, it eliminates the desire for other addictive drugs--say, Vicodin, Oxycontin, etc and stops the withdrawal symptoms from them. It produces no "high."

Those who use it say that for the first time in so long, they feel "normal" again. They stop thinking about and craving drugs. Have no desire to "doctor shop", fake pain symptoms, go to on-line pharmacies, etc.--all those things that make pill-seeking a 24/7 activity. Suboxone is primarily for those of us who have taken pills for so long that it's become almost impossible to just stop and get through a withdrawal period.

Sub. IS tough to discontinue--you can suffer withdrawal symptoms--so it must be done very slowly. Sub is an opiate itself--which creates lots of back and forth arguing about it. But the baseline is that it allows a drug user to break that horrible cycle of drug use (i.e., Oxys) --without withdrawal symptoms and (most important for those like myself) without that terrible black depression that is part and parcel of stopping drugs for many of us.

Check the threads about it....and you see that nearly everyone who has taken it has benefited greatly....and the main difficulty is coming off it slowly enough to avoid withdrawal symptoms.

Unlike Methadone, you can get a prescription for Suboxone from doctors registered to prescribe it....so it makes life easier for those who cannot get to a clinic everyday. Sub is in pill form....dissolved under the tongue.

I gather from what I've read here, that getting the right doctor to work with on Suboxone is half the battle. You need a knowledgeable specialist, who understands the psychology of drugs....and the specifics of how Suboxone works.

I've really just touched the surface here. You'll get much more firsthand information from others on this Board, who have felt so grateful for a drug that finally enabled them to break their drug cycles....but thought I'd give you some information to start with"! :-) Lynn