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By December 29, 2011 - 10:15am

I have had a wonderful change in my life because of this drug. I have been fighting alcoholism and narcotic addiction since the age of 14. I am now 41. I started taking Suboxone in detox to get off of narcotics. I got out and still had terrible cravings. I saw my PCP, who is also trained to prescribe suboxone. I do not crave at all. I still miss being able to drink for the social stuff, but I can say that I have never NOT CRAVED until I started taking this drug. I know that some people think it is giving up one for another, but this drug is taken sub-lingually and does not go through the major organs. I also know I will probably take it for the rest of my life, but because my cravings are gone, I am willing to do that. Anybody else have this experience?

By March 15, 2012 - 6:16pm

most addicts and alcoholics deny they have a problem. most have to hit bottom. you can't make them see it. they have to want it for themselves. Hopefully she will get sick and tired of her life and having to feed the addiction. The addiction is what controls us. NA AA meetings and a belief in a Higher Power is what keeps me clean and sober. Family and Friends need Al-Alon. They need the support of others that are going thru the same thing.

March 15, 2012 - 6:16pm
By January 22, 2012 - 7:00pm

I agree she needs inpatient rehab, we tried to have her committed back in October before she turned 18--thinking as parents of a young adult, not yet 18, we had some control over the situation. However, the facility spoke with her in private and decided she didnt need help at that time. It was really a shock to us as trying to admit her was a really difficult and heartbreaking decision...then the facility didnt agree with our concerns and after 3 hrs there (and over $500 in hospital bills) she was with us on the ride home. The reason they gave "she doesnt think whe has a problem and if she isnt committed to getting help, she will get no benefit to being here - although she is only 17, she still has a right to speak for herself and based upon our consultation with her we dont believe she has a problem").
After that, we really didnt know what to do. She has since turned 18 and 3 wks ago we tried to convince her to get into an inpatient program voluntarily...but she still doesnt feel she has a problem. As a compromise, she promised to go to NA meetings -I have been to 2 since then in an attempt to understand what she is going through...however, she has not attended any. She always has an excuse "I dont feel good, I'm tired, I will go tomorrow because that is a good meeting, I cant find a ride...". Do you know anything about getting someone committed as an adult? From what I understand we can 302 her, but she can give a 72 hr notice and be released after that... I dont know how to help someone who is in denial.

If any addicts have a suggestion regarding what worked or motivated them to get help, please share.


January 22, 2012 - 7:00pm
By January 21, 2012 - 4:58pm

I have a daughter, 18, struggling with addiction - although she is still in denial; she has experimented with many pills, smokes weed several times a week and has admitted to using heroine. It is the frequency of her use of heroine that I feel she is currently denying.
She does manage to work about 20 hrs a week, sleeps alot, is always looking for something to do....God forbid she stay home and take it easy more than one night a week.
I feel she is trying to self medicate to even herself out and sought out medical help. We took her to a psychiatrist to treat her "depression" with legally prescribed medication for her, but she never seem to take her meds regularly...therefore never really saw the benefit of the medication and has since stopped taking them at all. She was also seeing a psycologist regularly as we wanted to give her a venue to speak freely to someone unbiased who may be able to help her make better decisions. However, she has now stopped seeing him as well.
She lacks motivation to do anything, has struggled with highschool -even though I got her in a special program that only requires her to show up 3 hrs a week to graduate.
She has taken Suboxone (given by a friend who was prescribed as a method of reducing his heroine addiction) and felt it helped her. I am torn between pursuing this type of treatment for her as I too struggle to understand how substituting one addiction for another is helpful. Although, I definitely see the benefit to taking something prescribed over a street drug which could lead to overdose, be a mixture of unknown substance and lead to a dirty needle incident; as kids never believe their friend could possibly have contaminated blood that might pass on hep. or aids to them. They are so trusting.

My big question for anyone in this group: What can I do as a concerned mom to help her get on the road to recovery? I know she doesnt want to be an addict; although she is clearly on her way if we dont do something asap (or maybe she is already there and not being completely honest). I am an open mom, non-judgemental...an RN and business woman....I understand how something done out of curiousity can lead to danger....I just want to help.

Any suggestions?

January 21, 2012 - 4:58pm

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