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It's a long story but I've always had this hang up about taking methadone. I've tried everything I can & been to countless rehabs/detoxes/SLEs & Suboxone just doesn't help me.

I finally got over it in August when I almost lost my right leg a month before my 24th bday...ODing 13+ times didn't get thru my thick ass skull but this did.

I'm definitely feeling the liquid handcuffs tighten up, even tho it's free...Im almost regretting starting to go.

    • I feel like there are more pros than cons to taking methadone. For example, not doing drugs, not compromising your moral compass by doing things you wouldn't do sober, and saving a ton of money! Just being a healthier and happier person in general and not being sick. I would suggest you stay at a dose you are comfortable on until you feel like you don't/won't have cravings and then start weaning. Do it at a pace that is comfortable for you and just know that tapering might make you feel a bit off for a few days, but it's better than being sick.

    • jdm_taco has a Gold Membership
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      Jan 10 at 06:34 AM

      I wish you the very best in recovery.

    • Methadone will work as a means to get off heroin, but you have to continue on and get off the methadone too. Please don't use it as a maintenance or even a supplemental plan, as so many do. These drugs are very hard to kick, but it can be done. Please don't give up when it gets hard, because when you break through the barrier of the hardest part, it WILL get easier. Your life will change and you will wonder how you let yourself start down this path. The fact that you finally want to make the effort to change is huge. NA has helped many people to help themselves. If you haven't done so yet, you might check them out. Good luck to you.

    • thank you everyone for your positive responses! I've been good on methadone and it's really helped me!

    • grannyMom, this person has said that he/she has gone to multiple rehabs and tried suboxone, none of which worked for them. Methadone is the only thing that will work for some people and that's okay. It's supposed to be used to maintain sobriety. Also, they said they were worried about taking it because they don't want to be addicted to that too (I'm paraphrasing here), so I find it extremely unhelpful that you are adding to the fears this person already has. Especially since they just started and if he/she isn't on a stable dose and tries to come off too quickly he/she will be back to doing drugs. I know your heart is in the right place, but I personally don't think that your advice is affirming that they are on the right path.

      On another note, I have been on suboxone and clean for over 3 years. I started at a higher dose and I am at a much lower dose now; a small enough dose to be off within the next few months. Suboxone has saved my life and I have not gone to one NA meeting. NA can be great for some, but a lot of the time it's just a place where people make new connects and encourage each other to keep using (at least where I live). One on one therapy is probably the best option if that's available. But the truth is, no one will stop using until they are ready and if they aren't no person or program will make them. I'm not saying it's not hard to come off maintenance programs (which is what methadone is called btw) or that people should be on them the rest of their lives, but it can be done and people shouldn't have to feel bad about it.

    • My advice is from years ago but I do understand how much of a struggle addiction is. My husband was addicted to heroin for years. He was on methadone but basically used as an eyewash for the rest of the family. Yes I agree that it can be a very useful tool, and sincerely hope that it works in this case. I'm happy that it helps you. Husband went to treatment which was not helpful to him, and NA which helped him for a time during his fragility and helped him to kick it. 20 years later he still reads the daily book, daily, to help refocus his resolve. Everyone is very different, so I can only give my view and experience. From what I observed, the only thing that worked was tough love. My husband had to finally realize that it was truly up to him to quit. I am an alcoholic and found that to be true for me also. There is support when desired and it helps you to learn about addiction and yourself, but it boils down to you deciding to truly change. I really hope that things work out for you.