I’ve been spending more time answering questions on SuboxForum, and less time writing blog posts. I’ll share a comment from today in the hopes that someone looking for help will stumble across this page.
A newcomer to SuboxForum posted this succinct question:
Will someone PLEASE help me take the first steps into the right direction? I have been on opiates and heroin for 10 years and it is starting to ruin my life. I don’t know what to do first?
My less-succinct reply, with minor editing:
Sometimes people get too focused on choosing the right approach and end up doing nothing—sometimes called ‘paralysis by analysis.’ Your options are largely determined by your circumstances– so your first mission is to find out what is available. There are people who put down medication-assisted treatments like buprenorphine (aka Suboxone) and methadone, saying that they are ‘replacing one drug for another’. But either of those approaches have much better success rates than residential treatment, and they are both easier to start.