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Time frame for Suboxone Treatment

  • anonymous Asks ...
    anonymous

    I only got addicted for about 11 months. How long should I stay on Suboxone for?

  • Yerachmiel Donowitz Says ...
    Yerachmiel Donowitz

    This is a very delayed answer, but worth answering in any event. Suboxone treatment has no fixed timeline. It varies greatly from one individual to the next. There are three basic guidelines that need to be kept in mind that even in your case. First, give full year to basically change your life. Change you "playmates and playgrounds. Change how you will deal with emotional or even physical pain. Change how you will deal with unpleasant turns of events. Once you have established a new, drug free healthy approach, you can move on to step two. Step two involves taking an honest look at your life and determine if is as "normal" and stress free as it gets. At this point you can move into step three. Work together with the prescribing psychiatrist to taper down. A unilateral approach is a set up for relapse.

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