Suboxone has allowed me to live a life with purpose, without worry about having enough medicine to avoid withdrawals, a life where I can be a parent to my children, have meaningful relationships and be part of a community.
I became addicted to opiates after many dental procedures and chronic pain issues. Trying to stop using on my own only worked for a short time. Illness and physical pain were triggers that sent me right back to my addiction.
When I began Suboxone, I had been taking Methadone, and I was petrified of withdrawals. I was sure I would not endure, yet from day one of Suboxone treatment I ceased to crave opiates, felt more clear headed and had hope for the future. I no longer live day to day wondering how I will survive without enough medicine to stave off withdrawals.
Suboxone and over-the-counter medicine give me enough pain relief that I am able to function without the need to self-medicate. Suboxone, counseling, and the support of loved ones and others who understand the disease of addiction have helped me to live a life free from opiate addiction.