Starting Espranor (Buprenorhine) treatment

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I've posted on here before about my ongoing struggle with Prescription Opiate addiction.

I have quit and relapsed so many times I've lost count. I am currently abusing Codeine, Dihydrocodeine and Tramadol and its getting worse and worse. I've also been hiding it from my wife again, which I don't know why I do as she can tell I am using and I lie to her face and say "No i am not".

So it all came to head a few weeks back and she says "you need help", so I went back to CGL and registered with them. This time it was much quicker and I have just seen their Doctor who has put me on an Espranor(Buprenorphine) treatment plan which I will start on Friday morning.

I am to stop taking opiates tomorrow so i go at least 24hrs into withdrawals so I don't go into precipitated withdrawal, which is unbelievably nasty so I've read.

Not looking forward to the experiencing withdrawals but I think there is now some light at the end of tunnel for this, finally.

I have tried all sorts to stop using but nothing seemed to work and I would just relapse, so this is really the last option I think apart from going into rehab for 28 days which I can not afford. (its like £10k !!!).

At first the Doctor wasn't sure if buprenorphine would be suited for me but by the time I'd explained everything I do he changed his mind and agreed it was the best option.

So I start on 4mg daily and see how it goes, if thats not enough then he will up it to 8mg Daily.

When I left the appt I felt a wave of relief, that something had changed and I dont have to drive around 10 pharmacies a day buying pills and cough linctus. I allso buy them online which costs a fortune and you never know what your getting....

So I'm hoping that this will the start of a new page for me and my family and that we can start rebuilding what I have destroyed over the past 7 years.


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