Well, if you are reading this article about getting off Suboxone with minimal withdrawal symptoms, I feel for you. It has been one of the worst experiences of my life. For 5 days, I literally felt like I was dying and thought I would shed some light on how I finally figured out how to help myself with natural means.
First and foremost, I am a recovering alcoholic/addict of 16 years. Unfortunately, I have also had 5 back surgeries which means, I have had to use opiates several times in my life.
The problem started 8 years ago when the surgeons wanted to do ANOTHER back surgery and I refused. What ended up happening was that they started me on 5 mg of OxyContin. Because of my history and the fact that OxyContin is HIGHLY addictive (as is Suboxone), I went from 5 mg per day, to over 800 mg per day within 3 months. To be honest, I am lucky I am alive as 800 mg is enough to kill a horse!
Now, being that I was sober off alcohol and other drugs for 8 years at that time, I was very concerned as to where this would head. I knew I was addicted, but didn't want the pain to come back. The last straw was when I felt like a DRINK would help. At that point, I immediately told my wife and checked myself into a treatment center (been there many times before when I first was getting sober). Before I checked myself in, I downed my last three 80 mg tablets of OxyContin…one last hurrah (as the addict says), but boy was that a mistake.
Within 24 hours, I was IN HELL. Literally feeling like I was dying. The body shakes, massive depression, diarrhea, hearing things that weren't there, etc, etc, I mean horrible. The “treatment plan” was to get me on to Suboxone, but, I had to be in FULL withdrawal from the Oxy's before they could put me on it.
By day 3, I was in the “Commons Area”, curled up in a ball, and bawling like a child. At that moment, a doctor walked in and screamed, “Get that man on Suboxone NOW!”. He saw that I could not take another minute of it.
Within 5 minutes, I had my first 5 mg film of Suboxone and, it was literally amazing, ALL of my withdrawals went to zip, ziltch, nada! Gone and I was in heaven! To boot, it worked on the pain also! What I didn't realize was that, all I was doing, was prolonging the inevitable if I ever wanted to get off opiates.
Fast forward 7 YEARS and still on Suboxone. Last month, we switched insurances and, because of the fact that insurance companies are losing their asses nowadays, they make you jump through so many hoops to get prescriptions anymore, I thought it was time to finally get off Suboxone and I had 30 pills left.
After some research online, I found that the consistent way people were getting off Suboxone with minimal withdrawals, was by cutting back by 25% of the dose, every 4 days. What I didn't understand is that was for people that were on it for short periods of time. I was on it for 7 years! So, I started at three pills per day (5.7 mg), made my way to 2.5, then 2…1.5…1…, then .5 of a pill. I finished a crumble of the drug 6 days ago.
Here is where it gets interesting…I felt the SAME exact death that I did 8 years back when I tried to get off opiates the first time. HELL ON EARTH. Day after day, I was praying that it would get a little better. By day 4, I couldn't handle it anymore, but somehow managed to keep moving through the withdrawals.
The biggest problem I was facing in that day 4 was complete and utter exhaustion and depression. I couldn't even walk up stairs, I had to crawl.
On the morning of day 5, I thought, ‘I wonder if I am dehydrated as I hadn't eaten much and didn't have the energy to really drink any water'. When dehydration hits, it zaps you of energy. But it made me think of a potential solution…Rehydration Salts!
Luckily, I know of a Company that has a product specifically made with Rehydration Salts called Post Sport. It is less expensive than Gatorade, NO preservatives, GMO, or any other fillers.
I put two sachets of the product in 16 ounces of water and downed it and, within 15 minutes, life started to seep back into me! I took 4 more that day and managed to feel 90%+. I am on day 6 now and the symptoms are pretty much gone.
I wanted to write this article because I KNOW the hell these drugs can put you through and, if there is any way that I can help, I am gonna do it.
Here's to your success of getting off Suboxone (or any other opiates you are twisted up in)!
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