Dear Aunt Agony...
Hope you had a decent xmas and new year.
We had a wonderful white xmas over here in Fife,Scotland.
Story book stuff it was.
Anyway,i wanted to say that I'm currently on a waiting list for the local methadone programme (16 weeks waiting list) as i'm struggling to buy it on the street now what with everything else im using.
I wanted to ask you about Subutex/Suboxone as you mentioned it in your blog.
I know everyone is different and there are a lot of factors involved but the stuff i've read about it is conflicting.
Is it a poor cousin of methadone in your opinion?
Would it spoil my enjoyment of heroin and other stuff if i was given Subutex instead of methadone as some say it's a blocker.
That's been said about methadone but when i use H on top of methadone it certainly doesn't block or take away any enjoyment.
Thanks for reading and i hope your doing well man.
Aunt Agony says:
Oh, I'm not too bad... though it could be better(quite a bit better, haha!)
Yeah, we had a white christmas over here too. Normally if I'd have said that it would've meant there'd been a lot of crack about, but not this time... not in france. Just cold cold snow.
No, it's not a poor cousin of methadone, it's very different and more like heroin than methadone. Unfortunately after being a heroin addict it then only serves to keep illness at bay and you don' get any of the classic opiate effects. I prefer methadone. But you can shoot subutex.
Yes, subutex does act as a blocker., and Suboxone is even worse. friends of mine stabilized on subutex tell me they don't even feel the effects of a shot of H unless they've not taken subs for at least 24hrs. Though on low doses you can feel it, but it's still weakened.
I'm the same as you,I don't feel methadone blocks the effect of heroin, though it does depend on what dose you're taken and how long before you've just knocked it back. I find the effect of smack is lessened if you use withing the first 5 hours of drinking a usual dose of methadone. But it's only weakened, not blocked.
When Subutex was first introduced as a substitute (in general) it worked like this:
Methadone was prescribed to injecting addicts, and subutex was preferredfor those who were snorting or chasing. But over here in france there are more IV users on subs than on juice. Another problem I've come across is that injecting addicts were not initially held at ALL by subutex
and were getting sick even after being medicated. The period of stabilization is certainly harsher for sub users. Personally, I'd always choose methadone, but I also know people that swear by subutex. I suppose is what ever you get used to and what you know psychologically will hold you.
Why don't you try this:
buy some subutex on the street (say an average daily dose x 3) try using it and see how it goes. If it's agreeable maybe try speaking to your GP and seeing if you can cross over bu on the strict condition if you feel it's not foing what it should you can swich right back to methadone... it shouldn't be problem. This happens a lot, as many people suffer horrendous migraines with
buprenorphine (subutex) and are then put on meth.
What's not in doubt is that Subutex WILL block the effect of heroin. So, if you want to continue using H it's not the best choice.
Let me know what you do and keep in touch...
All my Thoughts