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Hi Anyone Out There,

I have been off of alcohol for more than 10 years. Last year I relapsed on Vicodin - only got up to 6 or so a day but could not stop. I switched to Tramadol to try and ween myself off the Vic. Well, that worked but now I can't get off the Tram - take about 6 a day. Finally went to drug counselor who says he will put me on Suboxone program which sounds fantastic like an answer to a prayer. I am a mom, wife, employed, go to AA all the time - basically very responsible - I am simply an addict. I have been reading the threads about Suboxone and getting a little concerned. Sounds like it is REALLY tough to get off of Sub. I surely don't want to jump from frying pan into fire but I have tried getting off Tram and it's really hard. I get super depressed, angry, irritable.

Anyone have good news about Sub? Anyone else ever get addicted to Tramadol? Any information or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
Hello Everyone,

I have a Tramadol habit of 6 + a day at 50 mg for about the last 5 months. Before that I was addicted to Vicodin at about 6 a day and thought I would wean myself off of Vic with the Tramadol - HA!! I have tried tapering the Tram and start to get that black depression and of course, I bring my dose back up! I now have a Kaiser drug professional who is willing to put me on a short Suboxone Detox but I have read SO MANY scary things about the Sub that it makes me just as afraid as the Tramadol. I am thinking I should just try tapering on my own again while attending NA. I go to AA 4-5 times a week and have not had a drink or other drugs (beside Vic & Tram) in over 10 years.

Any thoughts or suggestions about the Suboxone would be appreciated. I am in a mell of a hess. PS. I work, am married - my husband knows and is supportive but my school age daughter has no idea and I don't want to worry her with this - she has "never seen me drunk" so I am trying to maintain my daily life while detoxing.

Thanks for anyone reading this and for letting me ramble on so long
Hi Tele,
Thanks for all your suggestions. My doctor is at Kaiser so I have a very low co-pay and they actually have a "Suboxone Program". I guess the times they are a changin'. So it's definitely not money that is worrying me although I have seen the stories about Sub costing hundreds and I can not afford that! I will straight up ask them about being in WD first and from what I have read so far it seems to me that a very low-dose on a 2 - 4 or 6 week program at most might work-out ok. I think they require that you meet in a Sub group at least once a week and, of course, they highly encourage 12 step meetings of which I am already a regular attendee.

I am sorry to hear that you WD from Tram so many times. That must have been very painful and scary. I appreciate your suggestions about the tea and exercise. I am a fairly regular jogger. Also, I have been on 10mg of Prozac for many years which the doctor knows about and there is no plan to change that. There is nothing I can do about a "connection" because Tram is extremely easy to buy over the net. It is just as easy to get as alcohol or cigarettes so - just like with any drug- I will have to make a choice One Day At A Time not to pick up.

Being the addict that I am, I should have known better than to ever put ANY type of mood altering drug in my body. I did one or two Vicodin and BOOM - trapped like a Rat!!! Can you imagine my addict brain telling me to use Tram to detox from Vicodin? You gotta love an addict!!!

Anyway, I am supposed to be talking to someone from the program tomorrow and I will report back here as to what I am told.

Thanks and take care.
[QUOTE=jschooly;3627587] Being the addict that I am, I should have known better than to ever put ANY type of mood altering drug in my body. I did one or two Vicodin and BOOM - trapped like a Rat!!! Can you imagine my addict brain telling me to use Tram to detox from Vicodin? You gotta love an addict!!!

When I used sub to get off pills (not dope) a few times, it was very mood altering. I felt great and even a little high. I was very relaxed and happy. My brother takes them once in a while to come off vics and percs and he told me one time, "I like the sub better then the percs, it made me feel high all day". He also would only take one 8mg sub tab and break it into 4pieces to get off the vics or percs. That's how strong it is. You don't need much.

I was thinking the doc would prescribe you the amount they give you in a local rehab here. They only put you on it for like 3 days and reduce your dose each day. They don't start out with a high dose either.

It's your choice but I thought I'd let you know that you probably will feel something from it and it does alter your mood, so keep that in mind.

Tele
Hi Kellibear,

I hear you loud and clear. I have made no decisions yet and no one from Kaiser has talked to me yet today so I am just coasting. I don't need to rush into any decisions. I have been dealing with the Vicodin/Tramadol issue for a year now so it can wait a few weeks. Today, I think I can get by with taking only 5 Tram. Possibly, I can get down to 4 next week, then 3 ... I really do not want to get addicted to yet another drug as we can see from experience that using Tram to get off of Vic has not worked so well. I am concerned about getting hooked on the Sub because I have such a very addictive nature. Man, I don't want to find myself a year from now screaming that I never should have taken Sub, etc. etc.

Take care.

J