My son was on heroin and has been taking Suboxone for 10 months?

by Lisa

My son was on heroin and has been taking Suboxone for 10 months, during this time he was selling the Suboxone and buying heroin. He wants to slowly decrease the amount and be off Suboxone. Will his withdrawal from Suboxone worse than the withdrawal from heroin.

Should he be admitted in a rehab program for detox and whatever else is offered. This has been going on forever. 3 weeks ago he assaulted his dad and his dad become unconscious, then later that night he almost killed his friend by injecting heroin into him and he almost died.

I'm burned out... What should I do?

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Let him experience the FULL consequences of his addiction.
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Lisa,

This may sound harsh but to me you are asking the totally wrong question. From the little bit you've told me, your son is heroin addicted and has been so for a long time. He is selling drugs, assaulting his father, causing injury and helping others to over dose.

Why does it matter how bad the Suboxone withdrawal will be? How could it be anywhere nearly as bad as what you and your son are already experiencing?

Your son should probably be in jail for everything he has done. In jail he likely won't be able to stop using and learn how to end his addiction if he chooses to.

I worked with another client whose daughter was doing exactly as you son is and they put her in out-patient treatment. She ended up stealing EVERYTHING they owned, abandoning her three children at a drug house and running away. They still don't know where she is or if she is dead or alive.

If I where you, I would call the police and try to get your son in jail before he kills himself or someone else. In jail, he can get the help for withdrawal that he needs and he won't be able to harm anyone else.

Suboxone withdrawal can be worse than other opiate withdrawal and often takes MUCH longer, months rather than weeks... but it is not fatal, heroin addiction is.

Heroin addiction turns all of us into animals because it changes our brain so that the ONLY thing we want is heroin! That's where your son is right now and he will be there until he stops using.

You and your husband also need to start attending Al-anon meeting three times a week to get the encouragement to make the tough choices for your son.

Find Al-anon meetings in your area that you feel comfortable at, begin to working the 12-steps and find a sponsor who has been where you are right now.

Good Luck,


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