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scooter76
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   Posted 6/1/2012 2:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I am seeking help. I am from the Winston-Salem area of North Carolina. I am an addict of 18 years. It is time to quit. I have friends who have left the addiction circle. They have successfully taken buprenorphine. Here is my problem. I am severely allergic to the blocker in suboxone - naloxone. It is not an option for me. I have a dear friend who gave me her remaining subutex tablets. She tapered off and is clean and doing well now. I have been clean for 1 week which is a PHENOMENAL accomplishment for me! I am afraid of what will happen if I cannot find a doctor who will prescribe the subutex. Please, will someone out there lead me in the direction of a Physician/MD/Doctor that will write me Subutex? I have called so many places. I have tried naabt.org,suboxone.com and other directories. My last resort is to ask my friends on here. I will travel if I have to. I am just so afraid of falling short. Thanks guys!

I have edited your post taking your email address out as the owner/administrator would rather we not post that here at the forum. It also protects you from getting spam.

Post Edited By Moderator (straydog) : 6/1/2012 6:13:56 AM (GMT-6)


straydog
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   Posted 6/1/2012 6:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Scooter as you know this is a chronic pain forum and we normally do not discuss addiction issues such as yours so I do not know if anyone here at the forum will be able to help you. If you want info emailed to you then you will need to put your email address in your profile. Only members will be able to view your profile. Any info you need will have to be exchanged via private email as the owner/administrator prefers we do give drs names & addresses out here at the forum. Have your spoken with your own personal physician about this?

I wish you luck and hopefully one of your friends may find a dr that can help you. Take care...Susie
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kttn251977
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   Posted 6/1/2012 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Scooter- I don't know about your area but where I live in Florida there is a number 211 I think -just dial 211 & here they can link you to anything you need. They can probably recommend somewhere that can help you with what you need. Good luck with your journey.

spinal soldier
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   Posted 6/2/2012 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
virginia beach,VA, Micheal Bohan MD, addictionologist/internist. practice name; Meridan psychiatry

Blessedx8
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   Posted 6/2/2012 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Scooter...

I just want to applaud you for recognizing your addiction... and the fact that you are working to get clean. That takes considerable strength and courage... and I KNOW it won't be easy - but the fact that you are reaching out for help really shows that you want this.

Take it week by week, day by day, whatever you have to do. The fact that you've been off of stuff for a week is great. That's a HUGE accomplishment.

I found a few places online that might help you find a doc in your area:

http://www.naadac.org/ At this site - there's a place where you put your zip in and it will give addictionologists in your area.

I also found this doc =-Dr. Valeeta in South Carolina; he scrips subutex - might be a good starting place - or maybe he can give you some other places to try.

http://www.addictionsurvivors.org/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=26383 Helpful things on this thread, for your area

Take a look at those... and see if they help at all. If not - let us know, and we'll keep helping you find something.

Hang in there... one moment at a time.

--Tina
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My faith and family sustain me even on my worst days... as well as my wonderful friends here at HW.

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Post Edited (Momto8kids) : 6/3/2012 12:22:56 AM (GMT-6)


grainofsalt
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   Posted 6/3/2012 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Scooter,

May I humbly recommend to you that there are treatment options outside of subutex that do not include narcotics.
These medications DO carry an addiction risk but usually only when they are used long term.

The first would be Klonopin. It is a slow acting but long lasting benzo. It is fairly potent but due to its slow onset of action, it has a lower addiction potential than most benzos. It reduces anxiety and some of the symptoms of the actual withdraw itself. Its a Schedule IV and despite having a lower abuse potential than most narcotics and other benzos, it can cause addiction if used long term.

Then there's Lyrica, a nerve calmer. This works on a slightly different but related system to benzos. Its addiction potential is limited, and the medication is a C-V, so it can be addictive if used in large doses over long periods of time. However, from what I've read up, this is rare when used as directed. It can help with some of the neuro-muscular pain experienced when withdrawing.

The next is a schedule C - V "partial" naroctic with an extremely limited abuse potential called Lomotil. Its similiar to immodium, but its gastrointestinal effects are stronger and it has a slight effect on other opioid receptors, therefore it might reduce but not eliminate actually withdraw itself. Again, it can be abused but due to the atropine and limited effects on opioid receptors outside of the gut, its abuse and addiction potential are very limited and it rarely causes any euphoria. Its an exception to the no narcotic rule but since its basically a step up from immodium, I feel comfortable mentioning it.
 
The final would be a non scheduled MILD anti depressant like Welbutrin. It increases Dopamine and Norephedrine levels just enough to increase mood but unlike stimulants, its dopamine increase isn't considered significant enough to cause addiction.

Just something to consider as an alternative to a potent narcotic in which the combination might be nearly as effective. ALL of these options IMHO have a very limited abuse potential when used in normal doses over only a few weeks of time (keep in mind Subutex is a C-III and most narcotics are C-II so they have a higher risk for addiction.
 
Please please please discuss this with a doctor and take the legal route. I'm not a medical professional, but I do understand how medications work. With that being said, please only take my advice with a grain of salt :)
MRI revealed disc bulge and test injections revealed RA. Radio Freq procedures helped for months, but pain is up and im having the procedure done again. Currently on 75 mgs of Nucynta (tapentadol - A MOR + NRI) 2 to 3 time per day and Soma 350 as needed.

Post Edited (grainofsalt) : 6/3/2012 3:39:36 PM (GMT-6)


ucan
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   Posted 6/10/2012 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had a morphine addiction for more than 2 years almost 60mg or more (most of the time) and let me tell you I get SICK of the chasing and withdrawing when I couldn't find it. I went to the emergency room about 2 days ago when my withdraws kicked in 72 hrs after my last dose and they gave me a clonidine patch (for anxiety, withdraws and blood pressure) and now its been 2 days later and I feel GREAT. I still have issues thinking about wanting to get high, but honestly I am getting back to normal. Clonidine works better than you can imagine and they will give you a few valium too if you tell them you honestly want to do this on your own without detox.
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