Essay about The Problem Of Opiate Addiction

2614 Words Apr 27th, 2016 11 Pages
If you bought this book that means either you or someone you love is struggling with an opiate addiction. I 'm not someone trying to cash in on someone else 's misfortune, I had a serious opiate addiction for almost 15 years. I started taking vicodin on the weekend, then it progressed to everyday. After a year or so of taking those I got connected to someone who got a regular script of Oxycontin 40mg, that 's when things spiraled out of control. Before I Knew it I was using heroin. I finally overdosed and almost died, that 's when I got into a Suboxone program. What I was told would be a 9 month taper schedule wound up being a three endeavor of monthly appointments and drug tests. A good friend told me as long as I took Suboxone I was still an addict, and she was right. So I did some research on how to ease the withdrawal, some things helped and some things didn’t. That 's why I 'm writing this, to help make your withdrawal as easy as possible.
The first thing you want to do is see a doctor. Just be honest with them and they will help you. Everything you say in that office is between you and your doctor. You need to ask for Clonidine, it 's a blood pressure medication that really takes the edge off. Most addicts that have detoxed in the past swear by it. My doctor actually recommended it before I had the chance to even ask.
You need to start a taper, it 's easier than going cold turkey. Plus it gives you time to get more supplies and I 'd highly recommend taking a week off…

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