Looking for someone using Suboxone to stay clean

I'm a 54 year old woman who has had addiction problems since the age of 14. I'm currently clean and sober for a year and a half with the help of Suboxone. I'm looking to communicate with others on this drug. I am struggling with the fact that I still feel like an addict since I'm using the Suboxone. I've also noticed some strange side effects that I wonder if other people have. Hope to find someone out there to talk to...anybody???

Ive been on it for a month and like it. what strange SE's are you getting? I currently take 1 8mg strip a day but am prescribed 3 a day but they are expensive. i dont think im addicted to it yet because i try to skip days so i dont get addicted. it feels like an opiate tho

What type of side effects are you having?????

I've been on the Suboxone for about a year now. I take a half strip in the morning and a quarter strip at night. I know it's very addicting and it's bothering me that technically in my mind I'm not clean since I'm now addicted to the Suboxone. I've noticed lately that I've become emotionless, also causes upset stomach and what I call the "Suboxone sleepies". I have to nap every day even tho I'm getting alot of sleep at night. Trying to find people that have used it long term and find out any long term side effects. I honestly don't think there's alot of research done on long term effects. The lack of emotion really bothers me. Anyone else out there find this happening?

I’ve been on suboxone for almost 6 months now and I’ve never felt better. I sleep great. The only downside I’ve found is the weightloss I’ve had with it. Most ppl wouldn’t complain, but im 27, have 5 wonderful kids and im 5 ft 8 in and only weigh 112 pounds. I weighed abt 137-139lbs when I first started on suboxone. I still feel great, terriffic in fact…but ppl say I look anorexic and im not at all!!! I love food! I’ve found that I have to eat almost constantly to balance out my weight bc I cant stand to lose another pound. The suboxone gives me tons of energy. I take 1 and a half strips a day and I am wondering if any of u are experiencing any kind of side effect like this. Otherwise I have no complaints abt this medicine. It’s a miracle drug if u ask me. Any response to this is appreciated so much. Thanks for taking the time to read guys. -april

yes. i feel emotionless but i like it cuz i hate bein up and down bein bipolar so id rather feel nothing. it does suck but better than bipolar

i have been on suboxone for some time and i know other people say its just jumping from one addiction to another, but, withdrawal from suboxone is NOTHING like withdrawal from other opiates, it is more tolerable (that is just my opinion)

i dont have any side affects from it, and i have no intention of coming off any time soon, my reason for that, i need an addiction in my life, if its not one, it will be another. does that make me feel weak? absolutely, but why pressure myself to stop taking something that is legal and if caught with wont put me in jail?

I REALLY like your comment on being addicted to something. I too need a addiction in my life. I was takin opiates, xanax, and smokin weed! I stopped everything for suboxone. I think i have an addictive personality and need atleast one in my life! Thank you for your comment! Have a great day!

Been on the sub train for 2 years now attempting to get off. In my opinion there is ZERO difference in taking 16mgs a day or 1mgs a day except the more you take the worse the withdrawals. If you're having weird symptoms bring that dose on down gradually. You'll be able to get the same feeling you get from 4mg off of .5 or .25mg when weened effectively. Not to mention quitting, if you choose to go that route, will eventually be much easier. Good luck!

I am in week 2 of suboxone trying to determine dosing. The side effects that are the most troublesome are severe itching and extreme sleepiness. I take one 2mg. strip when I wake up which could be as late as 1pm another after 6pm and again about 11pm. I cannot believe how tired I am. I may try to eliminate the 11pm dose but I take it because I feel like I need a Tramadol. My doc says to listen to my body. I want to be free of cravings and am wondering how long this will take.

Oh goodness I dont believe u should be taking this much. And any doctor will tell u it is so important to train your body to have one dose at the same time every day. No more and no less. When I quit dros I was taking 20 to 30 10s a day…my doc put me on one and a half strips a day. I am over run with energy. I think u are overdoing it majorly!! And that would b the reason for ur extreme sleepiness!

I spent 10+ years on subs. Made me a zombie. It took a hospitalization and trip to rehab to quit but it was worth it. Ive been clean 8y & 8m and the best part is i never have to panic when my doc reschedules an appt or goes on vacation because i may get sick. I do t have to count pills or strips to see if i can make it till my next appt or fake a “headache” when i run out cause im so sick i want to be left alone. Im sure subs work for some but letting me hold the drugs was never a good idea cause i took them all within 2 weeks leaving me two weeks of panic mode.
My memory is shit these days, i have a hard time understanding things, but i never wake up sick and ifni do it’s cause i am actually sick. All i can say is my life was an endless black hole on them and getting off was the best move ive ever made.

We just wanted to say this post is very old (you can see the dates in the right hand corner of the post), but on the flip side, thank you for your support and sharing. We are so proud of you and you should be very proud of your story and your path to sobriety and getting clean. -SG