Posted on Oct 12, 2019

Suboxone Doctor in Miami: Dr. Mitchell’s Clinic

How Long Is Too Long?
by Dr. Robert Ben Mitchell, D.O. - 786-262-5750

A patient called me to say they had finally stopped using buprenorphine (Suboxone/Subutex) and were in stable recovery, adding that they regretted having used the medication too long. I congratulated them on their success and replied that the only thing I would have regretted is if they had use the medication too short because that’s relapse.

There’s no blood test, x-ray, MRI or any other study to tell when you’re ready to stop using buprenorphine because the problem in addiction isn’t the drugs but the underlying, unbearable, overwhelming physical and emotional issues that led to your drug use. In the end, only you can tell when you are ready to stop medication therapy, because you’re the one who has to find new ways of coping with life without it.

As a physician, I can offer you strategies on how to wean off of buprenorphine (counseling, practicing medication skip days, etc.), but I can’t tell you when is the right time for you to stop: that’s something for you to decide. My job is to determine if you are using the medication in an appropriate and safe manner because, as long as you’re safe, I’m not worried about you using it too long. I’m worried about you using it too short and relapse.

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