I have been reading some articles on you as my interest in Suboxone has come about because my 31 year old heroin addict son is trying it. He has been in detox 4 times, holdings 3 times, 8 months of sobriety in the last year and currently got kicked out of a holding after waiting two months for a halfway house (for smoking).
He is now with his "clean" girlfriend and has gone on Suboxone. He is going to NA meetings and the doctor is distributing the medication in small amounts, recommended my son see a therapist and of course, go to meetings. I am hopeful but only "cautiously optimistic" but he feels good and looks good and has hope.
I don't understand all the negative publicity over addiction medications as if there is something out there that works, I don't care if he is on it the rest of his life.
I do believe in the 12 steps and the concept but I don't understand why addicts are punished for relapses and put back out on the street. It is the worst thing for them. I have gone the enabling route (didn't work) and now do not enable and have practiced tough love when needed. I think it helps. He no longer asks for anything and is truly hopeful.
I just wanted you to know that your information is good to read and necessary to educate all of us that there are alternatives out there.
Keep up the good work... You are saving lives.
Thank you for listening.
PS: Have you ever heard of www.learn2cope.com?
It is a fabulous support group for family members of addicts. it is a lifesaver for us parents and if you haven't heard of them, you might want to take a look.