Drug addiction. And did you immediately think, well, that could never happen to me? Unfortunately it can. To you, your kids, your parents. Everyone. It’s become an epidemic nationwide, and even in Sheboygan! Sometimes it happens after an injury when someone is started on painkillers. Then, slowly their drug use gets out of control. And you think, well, I’d never use heroin but Vicodin is prescribed, so it’s safe. But then you run out of Vicodin, or Oxycontin and find heroin so much cheaper. Other times, it starts purely on a recreational basis. No one grows up thinking, hey, when I get older, I want to be a heroin addict. But it happens all too often, and the problem is getting much worse. It’s not just the inner city, but now even in high-schools.
Drug addiction is complex. It has some biological basis, but also a psychological, emotional and spiritual basis as well.Treatment has to encompass all of these factors. No one can just get on methadone or Suboxone and be cured. Suboxone is a bridge. It is a bridge to get you from one side, where you’re addicted and are just looking for your next fix, to traveling over the pool of users and pushers, to get to the other side. The other side, where you are happy leading a life free of opiates and have no desire to use. Those that just want Suboxone for their success most likely won’t succeed. You need to improve physically, spiritually, emotionally, psychologically and heal yourself. The more you pour yourself into these aspects the faster you recover.
Your medical professional/therapist should be nurturing, but at the same time be able to set strict guidelines and structure to your recovery. The program that allows physicians to prescribe Suboxone, mandates counseling. Besides being a mandated part of treatment, it’s needed for complete healing and wellness. Drug screens and pill/film counts are to be expected at every visit. Physicians that prescribe Suboxone are limited to only 100 patients at one time in their practices. This limit is set by the government, and tends to limit the availability of providers in a geographic area.
Suboxone treatment is usually 6-24 months in duration, with an initial evaluation and induction onto Suboxone. Then, often a visit in 2 weeks, then monthly. The mechanism of how Suboxone works is usually covered early on in visits. Since Suboxone is an opiate, it too can be addictive. Safe keeping medications is expected. At times treating an underlying depression or anxiety issue is beneficial and part of the treatment. Other avenues of treatment include exercise, and other modes of alternative medicine, like acupuncture, and herbals or homeopathy. As you continue across the bridge, the dose of Suboxone is gradually tapered down. Stopping Suboxone “cold turkey” would result in severe withdrawals. If stopped too early in your recovery, you’ll likely be pulled back into the pool. Remember it’s not how fast you travel across the bridge, but that you get there successfully. Would you rather be the tortoise or the hare?? But if you do fall off the bridge, you need to get back on and continue your journey. Otherwise that last snort or IV of oxycodone or heroin might just be your last. Seek out treatment, NOW.