What happens before I see the doctor?
There is something you have to do first. Something that is not going to be easy. If you want to start Suboxone, you have to quit drugs first. You have to put the heroin or pills down in the first 24 hours.
Why do I have to quit in the first 24 hours?
Suboxone treatment is the gold standard of treatment. Suboxone lets you get your life back without daily clinic visits or being committed to an inpatient facility for weeks. And, Suboxone works if you take it as directed.
But, for treatment to work properly, you have to start when you are feeling withdrawal sickness. If you start too early, it will not work. In fact, if you start too soon, it will make you feel more sick.
Do I really have to wait 24 hours before starting?
Well, when quitting an opiate like heroin or an opioid like oxycodone, about 12 hours is the minimum wait time before starting Suboxone. Just as important as the time are the symptoms. You should feel gastrointestinal upset, such as nausea and possibly diarrhea. Cold sweats and chills, muscle aches are other symptoms to look for. Dilated pupils are a sign that you are getting there.
Most people will not be ready to start Suboxone at 12 hours. 18-24 hours is more typical. A rule of thumb is that the longer you can hold out, the more likely you will be ready to start.
What if I can’t make it that long? Should I just take more heroin and forget about it?
No! The solution to your problem is never “more heroin” or any other drug you have been abusing. There are other treatment options. You can check in to an inpatient detox facility. You can go to a methadone clinic. If you find that 18-24 hours and moderate withdrawal symptoms are too difficult to endure, Suboxone may not be the treatment for you.
Think about what will happen if you take more drugs.
You will feel relieved for a short time. But, play the recording ahead. Fast-forward to what you know will happen next. You could die or get really sick and end up in a hospital. Either way, you are making it that much more difficult to quit. Using drugs again never ends well. It never helps.
Suboxone is a way out.
If you are in a situation where you have not lost everything in life, but it is getting hard to hold it all together, Suboxone may be the solution you are looking for. All you need is to do is get through a few short hours of not taking drugs and feeling a bit of withdrawal sickness. Don’t worry, the Suboxone will take away the sick feeling.
You can do it. It may seem like forever, but the first 24 hours will seem like nothing when you start treatment. You will be happy that you stuck with it and made it through. Now, you can get back to your life, your family and your work without having to suffer.