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    Hello! I have posted a few times on other folks posts and it was suggested to start one for myself as well, as I take the journey down Taper Road. I have been on subs for roughly 7 years (long time, I know), and tapered fro 16mgs down to 3 and steadily decreasing every month. Going slow with the help of my sub doc (who is awesome, and keeping me on track) and am in the home stretch! Anyone else out there who wants a support buddy and go through the final stages with humor, positive vibes and someone to talk to, please jump on in!

    I was addicted to oxy 80s and chose suboxone treatment. It saved my life and gave me the break I needed to rebuild the sh!t show I had created for myself. I haven't relapsed on oxy or any other drug since my treatment started and now, 7 years later (gulp), I am taking the plunge to wean off subs. Yay me!

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    Hey there...hats off to ya for making that decision...i too am at the end of a LONG taper.... i came here cause absolutely no one in my life is on the same page....here i have found the support i need.... others here are better suited to help you with your taper apparently a guy named robert used to help people here so that's the basic advice they give...and the basic advice i try to follow...i have never met robert or read his thread or anything but others have....ALEX for instance seems like a stand up guy who successful ly used roberts general taper plan and got off subs with a relative soft landing....kat and rose are general just caring good people..... at least those are my impression of them....myself ill offer to be your taper buddy


    when i got here i was doing it MY way and it wasn't working..... i have recived genuine good advice here in a nonjudgmental way....

    ask alex what your next drop should be...he accuratly got me to a lower dose i simply could not do on my own even tho its a si

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    • #3
      Sorry my post got cut off...anyways... that's all i had to say... i can offer support...the only advice is develope a taper plan with alex roberts or anyone who been here longer then me and well be here to support you.... it helped me tremendously as i reely found this site kinda by accident and never realized i would actually benifit so much.....kinda sucked me in haha.

      anyway hope it works for you too!! Peace jay

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      • #4
        I actually just finished reading your entire thread before I saw your reply to mine! How are you doing? I find it neat to read folks threads from the beginning up to today and how everyone gets to be friends and find support thru one another. I am going at this alone kinda. My husband knows I am doing this but he has never touched a drug in his life so he cant relate to what I go through sometimes and I cut myself off from all friends 7 yrs ago because most, if not all used drugs and some still do, even 7 yrs later, their lives haven't changed much from when I hung out with them. So, its just lil ole me having a go at this taper plan! Been a very smooth taper down and havent had any issues or withdrawals at the lower doses every month which is awesome! Slow and steady is the way to go for me.

        I work at a zoo and own some exotic reptiles and animals as well so tonight I spent some quality time with my lizards, letting them free roam around the house, which is a nice mental break from thinking about all this taper stuff.

        Tomorrow is supposed to be a great spring day and I pulled the overnight shift straw for tomorrow evening so I'm gonna take advantage of the nice weather before work and bring my dogs hiking. Looking forward to some fresh air and exercise!

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        • #5
          Hey ther i just typed out a long thought out response and then my phone froze up...(ya I'm on my phone computer is out) I'm suprisingly quick..neway....oh what was i sayinh

          ya i can relate to drifting away/cutting off old friends....if you try to save someone from drowning make sure yourself can swim and even then they can pull ya under with them...

          ya i think this forum has like minded people with the idea that a proper taper and one can walk away from this stuff and still handle responsability (jobs family responsabities) etc with minimal discomfort...a softer landing so to speak at least that's my idea..... and that's what broughy me here...as i was saying people here seem pretty nonjudgmental yet will tell you the truth wether you want to hear it or not

          you said you read thru my thread...then you can see i was kinda a mess withought the help and support of others....so ya even tho your husband can't excactly know what u goin thru and your old freinds are gone i think you'll find plenty of taper support here...i actually spent a lot of time here in the past 24-48 hours and have gained some insight....

          anyways working at a zoo sounds freeking awesome! Food for thought for my next career move...hehe

          you mentioned getting out and getting excercise...imma do that tomorro...you'll find people suggesting. excercise and its a great suggestion...i haven't in over two weeks but gonna push myself too again.....anyways its gettin late ill be back tomorro to see how things are going....hopefully you will have developed a taper plan by then if you haven't already...someone here will help you with that I'm sure and i i promise you its not that bad...not easy and some days are downright hard...but overall its very doable...I'm at .66 and struggle but can see the light at the end of the tunnel and can't wait to go for it when i get to the finish line ill meet ya ther!! Bet...well peace jay

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          • #6
            Working there is amazing and talk about a reason to stay motivated to remain far away fm oxys and the drug life. Been working as an animal care specialist for roughly 3 years and I love it. The title sounds cool, but basically I am a glorified habitat cleaner. haha. nah, its better than that. I get to care for animals, interact with them and make sure they get their needs met the same as if they were in the wild. I mainly work with birds and reptiles and do tours for kids.

            I've been gearing up for the main taper event by putting everything in place first. I've started eating better, exercising and keeping my eye on the prize by staying extremely positive. Honestly, when my doctor said "its time to taper off" a few months ago I started getting wicked anxious and that led me to start taking more than my usual dose and running out of meds days early which caused wicked bad withdrawals. It was only when I took a step back and said "what the hell are you doing, you got this" that I regained control and got back on track and its been smooth sailing since. I cant obsess over any of it or else I panic so I just roll with it. So much easier being laid back!

            well I am rambling so I will end it here and hit the hay!

            Thanks fo replying to my post!

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            • #7
              I am currently at 3.5mg a day on my taper, although mine started at 4mg. I would love someone who is at the same dosage in their taper as I am to keep in touch with. What is your taper plan? Mine is listed in my thread "wanting to start tapering off subutex and jump any advise is WELCOME". I posted a taper plan before getting advise and a 2nd once getting suggestions from a few members here. The latter of the two plans is what I am following feel free to check it out and see if we will be dropping and jumping at roughly the same time hope you keep in touch and stay positive, I know that I can use all the help I can get to stay strong!

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              • #8
                Hey! My dr has me on a super slow taper at the moment but told me its entirely up to me if I wanna go slow, medium or fast. It took me a few months at first to get stable at 3 mgs because for like 2 or 3 months at the start of the initial taper process I would freak and take more on some days, causing me to run out early and hit 3 or 4 days of withdrawals before my refill.

                Next month when I see her, she will cut me back by 2 pills in the script (right now I get 42 pills for 28 days), so instead of taking 3mgs all week, one of the days I will take 2 mgs. So like monday - thursday its 3 mgs, fri 2 mgs, then sat -sun back to 3 mgs and repeat until next appt where I then add another day at 2 mgs. So as you can see, thats a really long and slow taper. At first, cutting down from 16 mg to 6 mg we did it kinda quick and i never had any issues with feeling icky as the dose lowered but I got stuck at like 6 mg and ran into the whole thing of taking more and going backwards so she slowed it to a snails pace until I get comfortable and confident again.

                having an awesome dr and really good health insurance helps alot too. For the generic subs, I only pay 15 a month plus the office copay of 25. I definately want off them and if its means just a few more months, so be it. I refuse to put pressure on myself by obsessing over tapering off quickly, rushing through it and then relapsing. Doing it right the first time so I never have to do it again! Thats my story, and I'm sticking to it. Haha!

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                • #9
                  One of the things I see people talking about is getting high off subs or feeling foggy, unmotivatd, lethargic or a shell of their former self and I dont ever feel any of those things and ive been on them for years. For me, I just feel normal. I felt all those things using oxys and other pain meds. I never left the house when I was using. Hell, I never left the sofa. Lmao. I used to wake up, snort pills all day and be a couch potato shut in. The only time I left the comfort of my drug induced laziness was to get more pills. Hahaha. The past 7 years since stopping the oc 80s, ive made a complete 360 and got off the sofa, out the door and started living again. I never ever wanna go back to that lifestyle and havent touched my drug of choice or anything else like that in 7 yrs. Wooo hoo! Last thing left is tapering off the tool I used to help me make those life changes and I'm golden!!!!!!!!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by raven14 View Post
                    One of the things I see people talking about is getting high off subs or feeling foggy, unmotivatd, lethargic or a shell of their former self and I dont ever feel any of those things and ive been on them for years. For me, I just feel normal. I felt all those things using oxys and other pain meds. I never left the house when I was using. Hell, I never left the sofa. Lmao. I used to wake up, snort pills all day and be a couch potato shut in. The only time I left the comfort of my drug induced laziness was to get more pills. Hahaha. The past 7 years since stopping the oc 80s, ive made a complete 360 and got off the sofa, out the door and started living again. I never ever wanna go back to that lifestyle and havent touched my drug of choice or anything else like that in 7 yrs. Wooo hoo! Last thing left is tapering off the tool I used to help me make those life changes and I'm golden!!!!!!!!

                    Welcome.....I'm sure you'll find what you're looking for here. I completed my taper on jan 2 2014. I used this forum as a tool and it worked great.

                    My advice:
                    Read Robert 325 taper plan at least 10 times
                    Post your plan
                    Listen to feed back from advanced members. In my case Alex went above and beyond, but several helped. Too many to name.
                    Find a taper buddy, this is a great idea. I had a couple.

                    Stick to your plan and post progress here. Most of us have a few minor bumps and become 100% opiate free in a few months.

                    Good luck,


                    Lincoln

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                    • #11
                      Thanks Lincoln! One thing I do wanna ask, have you, or have you heard of anyone, who got ringing in the ears constantly on lower doses? Thats the only thing I have found at the lower doses and some days it drives me a lil batty. Haha. Feels like my head was in a big bell at the time it was rung. Bonggggggggg!

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                      • #12
                        Hey i seen tennesse kid is about the same.dose as you...so.bouncing ideas between eachother may prove benificail...of course any of us that is true for....

                        secondly not that ther is anything wrong with it but are you getting the 2mg pills? I get the 8mg strips and cut them into peices...the strips easier to divide up....then again i get the 8mg.....so my idea was


                        maybe you get the 2mg strips? I wish i could...man they would make it easier....

                        anyways just a thought i had and wondered if you had thought of that too...hope your daygoes well i got a really busy day..gotta run peace jay

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                        • #13
                          Funny you ask that. A few months back, my dr said that she received notification that everyone in her practice needed to go on the strips and I got a script for the 2 mg strips which was fine by me but the next month the private pharmacy I go to said that requirement was lifted due to a lawsuit or something (honestly I wasnt listening to him, just nodding and smiling) and they switched to the generic pills and thats what I get. I have to use the pharmacy at my drs hospital per my contract with her. They are very strict there. The pharmacy doesnt carry the strips anymore, just generic pills. Weird I know but I just do what they say. My dr is phenominal and I have seen how strict and tough she can be with other patients so I wouldnt even wanna ask to get the strips out of some unfounded fear no doubt, thatt she would think I was up to something wonky like selling them, because im the type that sticks to one thing and never deviates from that and she knows that about me. I can picture this scene in my head where im sitting in her office with a hot spot light over me and her circling the chair saying "so, you want strips now do ya? What for? Why the sudden change and interest in strips? Talk dammit! Who you selling them too?". Or something like that. Hahaha.

                          Ya, I know, bit dramatic.... Bwahahahah!

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                          • #14
                            Hey Raven. Your posts crack me up. Good to see you are tapering slow. I'm like you, the suboxone pretty much saved my life. I never got high on them, just felt normal and in the beginning they took the "cravings" away. I haven't touched another opiate (or really any other drug for that matter) in years. I just woke up everyday and took my sub like it was a vitamin or something. I just knew I needed it not to be sick. But, the time has come. Can't be on this forever. (I thought I would be). There's a few of us in the tapering process right now and I really love talking to people and the support and advice we get. At first I was still doing it "my way" but now I'm doing "Robert's plan" and so far haven't had any problems at all. Besides the nasty sweating. Ugh I hate that.

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                            • #15
                              Raven

                              Here's the taper plan Lincoln mentioned. It sounds like you have a good doctor, most here don't have a doctor who wants to work with them. Usually they want to keep their patients on subs long-term. Since your doctor is agreeable to tapering you might mention this plan to her and see what she thinks. I only say this because it works, many of us used this plan and had very minimal symptoms.

                              https://www.drugs.com/forum/featured...apy-50887.html

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