I have had a bad year for drug use over the past 12 months and ended with several addictions. After being refered to a few useless docs finally got but in touch with one who knew what they were talking about. SWIM managed to get off GBL which was a major problem and ended up addicted to codeine after coming off harder opiates. The doctor put SWIM on Buphrenorphine to keep SWIM off the constant codeine doses and make sure I didnt go back onto GBL or Alcohol. Bupe seems to satisfy SWIM in a way that drugs/booze does, so that I do not feel the need to take any drugs. It also puts SWIM in a positive frame of mind, eases any anxieties, helps SWIM concentrate on work, has SWIM in a decent sleeping pattern and has generally inproved my quality of life. SWIM generally feels normal on it, like he did years ago before abuse got out off hand. Deppression is a key problem that has developed through drug use and Bupe also has this under control. I am stable on 7 x 0.4 tabs taken throughout the day. I am due back to the docs tomorrow where SWIM must make the decision of whether I am going to go on further maintenance (I have been using bupe for 4 weeks now) or detox. I am inclined towards detoxing because SWIM dont want any hooks anymore. I do want a period of abstinance so SWIM can re-access whats going on SWIM's life but I am scared that if the reasurance the bupe gives I am taken away I will be strait back onto the booze and drugs and back into the hellish cycle of abuse and deppresion. How hard will it be to come off bupe ? Has anyone been there and have any tips? The doctor said bupe is easy to come off but I have been hearing lots of stories about how bad it is. I do not think he has the emotional strength to go through a bad withdrawal. Opiate withdrawal seems to really wreck SWIM emotionally. I am scared to go onto further maintenece because I plan to move abroad soon and SWIM dont want to be relying on a daily dose of medicine but as I said, I am scared of coming off it too.... I feel very fragile emotionally at the moment as he has just split up with his girlfriend of 10 years too! PLs advise. Thanks..