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Suboxone Detox Using The Thomas Recipe


If you can’t take time off to detox, I recommend you follow a taper regimen using your drug of choice or suitable alternate — the slower the taper, the better.

For the Recipe, You’ll need:

1.Valium (or another benzodiazepine such as klonopin, Librium, Ativan or Xanax. Of these, Valium and Klonopin are best suited for tapering since they come in tablet form. Librium is also an excellent detox benzo, but comes in capsules, making it hard to taper the dose. Ativan or Xanax should only be used if you can’t get one of the others.

2. Immodium

3. L-Tyrosine (500 mg caps) from the health food store.

4. Strong wide-spectrum mineral with at least 100% RDA of Zinc, Phosphorus, Copper, and Potassium (you may not find the potassium in the same supplement).

5. Vitamin B6 caps.

6. Access to hot baths or a Jacuzzi (or hot showers if that’s all that’s available).

How to use the recipe:

Start the vitamin/mineral supplement right away (or the first day you can keep it down), preferably with food. Potassium early in the detox is important to help relieve RLS, Restless Leg Syndrome. Bananas are a good source of potassium if you can’t find a supplement for it.

Begin your detox with regular doses of Valium (or alternate benzo). Start with a dose high enough to produce sleep. Before you use any benzo, make sure you’re aware of how often it can be safely taken. Different benzos have different dosing schedules. Taper your Valium dosage down after each day. The goal is to get through day 4, after which the worst WD symptoms will subside. You shouldn’t need the Valium after day 4 or 5.

During detox, hit the hot bath or Jacuzzi as often as you need to for muscle aches. Don’t underestimate the effectiveness of hot soaks. Spend the entire time, if necessary, in a hot bath. This simple method will alleviate what is for many the worst opiate WD symptom.

Use the Imodium aggressively to stop the runs. Take as much as you need, as often as you need it. Don’t take it, however, if you don’t need it.

At the end of the fourth day, you should be waking up from the Valium and experiencing the beginnings of the opiate WD malaise. Upon rising (empty stomach), take the L-Tyrosine. Try 2000 mgs, and scale up or down, depending on how you feel. You can take up to 4,000 mgs. Take the L-Tyrosine with B6 to help absorption. Wait about one hour before eating breakfast. The L-Tyrosine will give you a surge of physical and mental energy that will help counteract the malaise. You may continue to take it each morning for as long as it helps. If you find it gives you the “coffee jitters,” consider lowering the dosage or discontinuing it altogether. Occasionally, L-Tyrosine can cause the runs. Unlike the runs from opiate WD, however, this effect of L-Tyrosine is mild and normally does not return after the first hour. Lowering the dosage may help.

Continue to take the vitamin/mineral supplement with breakfast.

As soon as you can force yourself to, get some mild exercise such as walking, cycling, swimming, etc. This will be hard at first, but will make you feel considerably better.

  1. Anna
    October 30, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    I was on suboxone from feb. until aug. when I decided I wanted off. It was hell, I had a wedding to go to the first day off the subs, I had to leave because i had a crying panic attack. I eventually went back and got on subs again the $200 is now killing my income, and like I’ve read before, it seems the Dr. only wants my money. I would go for a visit and be out with a script in 10 min. By my own mistake, I would take more then prescribed and would run out early. I would have to borrow some from a friend and pay them back what I borrowed so again it would run out early. I finally told my doc I needed a higher dosage. He upped it, but since I owed my friend from before today I took my last pill.

    I AM SICK OF THIS DRUG RUNNING MY LIFE. Almost as much as my oxy addiction.

    I took my last pill today (2 MG thursday the 18th of Oct.) and hope I will make it through work tomorrow (I know I will be dying in wd pain) I have my families support to veg out all weekend, and with the help of sleep aids and xanax help me through the worst of the detox WD. I’m hoping I will feel a little better by Monday. I have used all my sick days, and can’t afford not to go to work.

    Does anyone have any useful tips for me. I am scared to death of the start of tomorrows WD’s. Luckily my family and GF know the truth and are here to support me.

    What I am afraid of most is the horrible depression feelings, and the “not being able to do anything” feeling.

    I appreciate the recipe, and wish me luck.

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