I read over at methadone anon as they seem to get some great articles at the methadone clinics re:info on methadone and sub and even though I dont post there as it seems I dont have alot in common with the folks there even the CP forum they have that is rarely dropped in on.
I am a firm believer that education is power so anything I can get I take and file it away to be used later maybe to help someone else.
I do seem to see alot of folks like yourself that say they had some type of acute pain issues and somehow got lucky enough to find a Doc that certainly overprescribed for those issues and caused them to want or need the meds long after the issues at hand had dissipated,therefore leaving them with not as much pain as need for the meds?
As a CPP I cant grasp this since alot of folks here spend year after year and go bankrupt searching for a Doc that will alleviate pain they have had for many a year and when we do find one the very thought of having to go back to the days of admiring and wishing Doc kevorkian had a listed number well it is just too much for many of us to fathom.
In your posts I picked up real quick that you were sounding much like those on the methadone board as their posts reflected the same kind of relief without meds and reported no withdrawl symptoms and this seem to be their ultimate goal,mine would be how to deal with the pain which would greatly overule the Wds.
I wish you nothing but luck but as Gramps stated be careful as Sub is just as addicting as methadone or oxy or any of the other meds for someone with that disposition. I have even read it is much more difficult to taper off of then the others so I cant see the point.
It reminds me of a term I saw there referred to as a "switch addiction"? Just be careful of what you wish for and make sure your dealing with a Doc that has your best interests at heart.
I read at the DEA site that like Methadone only a Doc certified to treat addiction could prescribe the sub-x, is your Doc? if not and he suddenly is told he cant prescribe this for you then what?
A few things to think about anyway and here is wishing you lots of luck.
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