My personal journey towards recovery Part 1

By LasVegasEd777 · Aug 28, 2014 · ·
  1. LasVegasEd777
    In this installment, there will be far less drama. The point here will be to give you, the reader an extremely detailed account of exactly how I made it down from 24mg. per day of Subutex to my current .25-.50mg every 30-50 hours.

    For more than a year I have kept meticulous records of every pill that passed through my lips, as well as the dosage and specific date and time. I will also include side notes as to how I was feeling, or why I might have switched up from a particular routine etc. This might serve well, some people looking to do the same, specifically people that are struggling with Subutex addiction that also have access to other pharmaceuticals (or plan too) that will contribute to easing their withdrawals.

    My technique is one of slow taper. Of course all methods of detoxification have their advantages and setbacks. After all, this just follows with the Yin and Yang philosophy of life.

    You will see some of my strategies including how I avoid benzodiazepine addiction, while making very strategic use of Valium to ease my symptoms. Likewise, I do this with the clonidine to avoid rapid changes with my blood pressure, quite successfully at that.

    I also learned for instance, that gabapentin and Valium can when taken in the wrong combinations, or at the wrong time, have the strange ability to actually exacerbate a cousin of RLS that I call RTS (restless torso syndrome), as I tend to get this instead, especially with my particular drug regimen. I do consider it a fair tradeoff from the horrific night sweats, vomiting and diarrhea that were my former problem before adjusting my meds.

    Please bear with me over the next few days, as I have a ton of data that will need to be compiled in an easy to decipher format. I'll likely set it up like a drug diary, taking you step by step through the mini victories and inevitable setbacks. Remember, I was learning myself especially early on in the data. However, as time goes by, my medication intake, although it may seem random at first, is actually quite deliberate.

    I am acutely aware of the people on DF that claim to have jumped off Subutex at 6mg. with success, but I really need to question the intensity and duration plus the DOC because these factors play an import role in how bad one's withdrawal, and subsequent PAWS will be.

    Finally, remember that everyone is different biologically and especially metabolically, so this will be MY account of my personal successes with this particular regimen. With that said, it just may prove valuable especially to people with access to the following medications:
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    If you can get some, but not others, I will be happy to address your questions in the comment sections. Also, if you need privacy, feel free to message me personally, and I will try to respond within 24 hours.

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  1. chupamivergaguey
    I would say I'm looking forward to it but it seems you already have Part 2 up, so I'm off to read Part 2.
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