has a suboxone
prescription, however she doesn't necessary take it as consistently as she should.
Thing about suboxone is that it can be a wonder drug
. Generally facilities will prescribe it for detox wherein a user is provided with 8mg for around three days and then tapered off to 4mg, 4mg, 2mg, 2mg, 1mg, 1mg, etc. When SWIM has done this, she never experienced any sort of w/d from suboxone and the entire process was rather painless.
Then SWIM went ahead and #$*@ed that all up and got a prescription to the stuff. So SWIM got on maintenance and took it appropriately for a while, taking 16mg a day, but then slowly decreased it a bit because she didn't feel that she really needed the entire 16mg. She got it down to where she was taking about 4mg a day. This process lasted for roughly 2-3 months and SWIM would occasionally forget to take it. Thing is, she would soon remember that it needed to be taken because the w/d's were in fact worse than dope withdrawals.
Additionally, this last time SWIM went to rehab back in August, she had been self-detoxing for 3 days prior to going into the facility with suboxone taking 8mg per day. Once in the facility, the doctors gave her subutex
for roughly 8 days. Once she was "tapered" down with the subutex, SWIM noticed serious withdrawals for the subsequent 3 or 4 days.
Since SWIM has already messed up the magic of suboxone, she's maintaining her script for times when she is unable to obtain to acquire what she greatly prefers, however, if possible, SWIM strongly suggests to use it exclusively for detox, but never for maintenance. The w/ds are not as bad as methadone
, but akin to that once the body has become accustomed to it.