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I have been off sub for 6 days and it is hard! Like hard to get up and get going in the morning, back pain that feels deep and to the core of my spine.
No energy is the biggest obstacle for me at this point. I take aleve for the pain and it helped alot and also a heating pad on my back gives some relief. Another big problem is sleeping, not as much going to sleep but waking up at night in pain and feeling a nervous energy. The chills and goosebumps are gone and the burning pain down my legs has stopped. Again it is the energy level that is having a big drawback on my recovery. I have taken xanax to calm me down when I feel extra anxious, and I drink alcohol on occasion to feel "better" but it only makes me feel worse in the end. I remember when I found a doctor that knew about suboxone I thought my troubles were over, I had found a magic drug that gets you off methadone and takes care of withdrawls at the same time. 2 things worried me, one a girl in the waiting room told me at NA meetings they don't consider you clean if still on suboxone and the other was the fact that I was in severe withdrwl from meth and within an hour of taking 2- 8mg tabs I felt O.K. I felt then that complete recovery was a long way off as long as I was on sub. Well I am no longer on sub and feel like just last night I had turned a corner but woke this morning feeling bad. It doesn't happen overnight but it does slooowly get better. Like losing a loved one only time can heal that type of wound, much the same as abusing meth for 12 yrs it is going to take time for me to heal. I have faith in God that He has given me the strength to push foward with my recovery and nothing will stop me.
[QUOTE=g8trgrl15;3535627]Hey all.. I'm currently getting off of sub. Been on it since the middle of September. It's been a lifesaver, but I get scared to taper once I read things like this. I just wish it wouldn't be hard to get off of. Like I could just quit taking it... I'm down to 2mgs a day. Now I have to go to one. I have faith that it will be okay though. I have my family to help me through and a reason.. so I will succeed!!!! Best of luck to everyone!!

love and prayers,
g8trgrl

Good luck to you and I wish you the best.
"YOU CAN DO IT"
Please keep us posted on your process during/after the total taper.

I was also thinking of trying SUB.
Is the cost the same as Methadone clinic?
Does insurance benefits cover the cost.?

Currently on a low dose of Methadone (I really want to get off)
80.00 a week out of pocket cost for the methadone.
Having to go to clinic more i really would like to.

Methadone has totally been a life saver for me!
[QUOTE=goalsOF2007;3537934]Good luck to you and I wish you the best.
"YOU CAN DO IT"
Please keep us posted on your process during/after the total taper.

I was also thinking of trying SUB.
Is the cost the same as Methadone clinic?
Does insurance benefits cover the cost.?

Currently on a low dose of Methadone (I really want to get off)
80.00 a week out of pocket cost for the methadone.
Having to go to clinic more i really would like to.

Methadone has totally been a life saver for me!
sub can be very expensive, most sub dr.s do not take insurance and the pills are extremely expensive if you don't have ins. (about $8 a pill). my first visit to my sub dr. was $400 and then $200 a month, thank god i have ins., so the cost is $50 for me.(for the pills) sub has a huge advantage over meth in the fact that you don't have to go to a clinic everyday. the drug co. that makes sub also has a program where every sub dr. can treat 2 pt.s for free. there are also studies where you can get your sub for free. sub dr.s have a 100 pt. limit so finding a doctor may be hard if you don't live in a big city. it is supposed to be easier to detox off sub, other than meth, but many people have a hard time getting off and have paws for months--but that depends on how long you are on sub. most people say it is easier to use sub for only 2-3 weeks. if you are switching from meth to sub, you must taper your meth down to 30mg and then wait until you're in withdrawl. for meth--most people have to wait at least 36 hours. if you are on short acting opiates, most people have to wait 12 hrs. you have to gauge your withdrawls by the C.O.W.S scale--your dr. can explain that. some dr.s induct in their office and watch you for a couple of hr.s and some--like my dr.--gives a script and you go home to induct. it is ALWAYS best to start off at a low dose--2mg, then wait an hour, if you need more, take another 2mg etc... the best dose is the dose that stops withdrawls and cravings. i started out at 16mg/day, and i had been taking 80 10mg lortab a day or 50 ultrams a day if i couldn't get the lortab. i took 8mg and felt absolutely fine in 30min. i am now tapering and trying to get off asap to lessen the paws. good luck to you and please educate yourself about sub before you begin. also, i would suggest to anyone--get a doctor that is an addictionologist or is very knowledgeable about sub, because some just don't have a clue and will give ridiculously high doses. sub has a ceiling effect at 16mg, but some long term meth pt.s will have to start a little higher.