Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Comments by Graffitiwoman

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  • You didn’t offend me, please know that! I don’t think teens should necessarily be prescribed Suboxone or Methadone, unless it’s an extreme case.
    You are right in the fact that people can easily obtain Methadone or Suboxone without being true addicts. That makes it harder for real addicts. I’ve known people who take like 2 oxycontins to get into treatment. It makes those of us who do need it look bad.
    I’m planning to return to school to pursue a degree in Mental Health/Addiction Counseling for Adolescents. I want to do it because what I’ve been through and I also want to pay my recovery forward. I believe if we can catch addicts at a young age and find the root of why they feel compelled to use substances, then they may have a good chance! Most of my friends who got off opiates by their early 20’s have done really well and stayed off opiates wth no medicinal help. I don’t know if it’s because their brains hadn’t fully developed and were therefore more able to reset neural networks or what, but it’s an interesting theory.
    I indeed know people who’ve rerouted their methadone or Suboxone to others abbr not only is it dangerous, it’s STUPID!
    All I want from my addiction counselor, psychiatrist and primary care doctor is for them to try and put themselves in the addicts shoes. And you made me really happy by saying you could be presumptive.
    I’m a very outspoken 40 yr old, I’ve been through a lot, but I’ve twelve+ years sober and that makes me HAPPY!
    If you have at school suggestions for what I want to pursue, I’d love to hear them. I’m 15 credits away from a B.A. in American Studies with an emphasis in community & diversity, and a minor in Women’s Studies.
    What I’m planning to do is go to community college and get an A.A. in counseling for youth, since I’m on Disability and can go to community college for free.
    Does that sound a god starting point to you?
    I honestly just want to help adolescents avoid my pit falls & poor decisions.
    What do you think, and did you habe any suggestions?
    I really, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for responding!
    I hope September is treating you well!
    Thanks again,
    Becca A.

  • Lawrence,
    As a recovering addict, I both agree and disagree with your reply. The first time I tried to get clean, it was through a week-long outpatient program where they gave us buprenorphine for the first 3 days, along with clonidine, ibuprofen and an antidiarrheal. They suggested we attend meetings as well. I stayed clean for that week. There was no follow-up, so there was no good reason or support to stay clean.
    Oh, first, a question, if you don’t mind? Are you a recovering addict? Do you have mental health problems? I ask because over and over through my recovery(I’ve been off illegal opiates for 12 1/2 years now) I’ve had doctors, counselors and therapists with little to no personal experience with either. That’s extremely frustrating.
    So my point is I was on Methadone Maintenance therapy for 12 years. It took 2 1/2 years of being on Methadone for me to finally stop using. This was also while doctors were throwing various psychiatric medications at me to try and balance out my severe depression and anxiety. Seven years ago, I finally went and had 14 rounds of ECT, which many people find barbaric, but it saved my life. After getting my mental health under control, I tried getting off methadone in a very slow taper. Every time I’d get below 30 mgs, I’d want to run back downtown. This was horrible because I was truly done with being on Methadone. It messed my memory up way worse than the ECT. So a bit over 3 years ago, I switched to Suboxone. I feel alive taking it and don’t want to use. How is that a bad thing? I would like to get off of Suboxone eventually but if I can’t, in my mind, it’s better than the alternative. I’m sure you’ve heard stories like mine before but I’m just curious what doctors think of they’ve no experience firsthand with addiction or mental health or the two combined.
    If you could tell me how you can presume what it’s like when you haven’t been through it, I’d be really happy.
    Thank you for your time!