Jordyn

Greenup, KY

#21 Aug 22, 2012
@scumhater.. Actually, I work for Patriot Coal & have Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance. I completely forgive you for every foul word you directed toward me. I've never received welfare, or any other form of government assistance, in my life. Rest assured, you have never paid a dime for ANY of my healthcare. With this being said, I'll be sure to pray for you. You seem to be extremely miserable.. I mean I guess you would HAVE to be miserable to talk about someone in that manner. Shame on you. I'm sure God will eventually show you some type of peace and happiness. I certainly hope he shows you even half of the happiness he has shown me. God Bless.
Level 8

Since: May 12

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#22 Aug 23, 2012
I want to applaud those of you who have been able to get help and succeed, I pray you will be able to stay that way and stand up to whatever force there is that got you down the wrong path to begin with.

I have never had an addiction to drugs (legal or illegal) and do not have a drinking problem, but there are alot of people on here complaining about the insurance issues and out of pocket expense it is to buy Vivitrol. I totally agree that is alot of money to have to shell out but how much money do you spend on your habit? How did you fit your drugs into your budget?

You have to want to quit before you will be successful and change your lifestyle, other wise you will not be able to stay clean.

I hear cigarette smokers (i am one too) complain that the options out there for them to quit smoking are expenses (and not as bad as Vivitol) and use that excuse as a reason to not want to quit because its too expensive. If they take the money they use to buy cigarettes with and buy something that will help them quit they may be able to save money.

I feel if you are ready to quit dont let the expense be the reason you cant, call around, ask, talk to rehab facilities, your doctor. I feel confident in saying they may be able to direct you to the proper place to help you quit. Contact the pharmaceutical company that makes that med and ask if they have anything that will help you pay for it.
Jenna

Seattle, WA

#23 Aug 23, 2012
I have been on Suboxone for 4 yrs now and would LOVE to get completely off of them! I only take about a quarter of a strip a day, not very much at all. I just can't shake the sleepy feeling when I don't have any at all. How long does that last? How long until I feel normal again? If I could find a way to get energy without them, then I would have it made. I work 40 hours a week, have kids, animals, a house, car, etc - I just want to feel normal without anything.
suboxone

Hinton, WV

#24 Aug 23, 2012
Jenna wrote:
I have been on Suboxone for 4 yrs now and would LOVE to get completely off of them! I only take about a quarter of a strip a day, not very much at all. I just can't shake the sleepy feeling when I don't have any at all. How long does that last? How long until I feel normal again? If I could find a way to get energy without them, then I would have it made. I work 40 hours a week, have kids, animals, a house, car, etc - I just want to feel normal without anything.
. You have to be off of suboxone for 21 days before you have the injection I work with a doc that gives the injection
resident

New York, NY

#25 Aug 23, 2012
Jordyn wrote:
I am a 20 year old female, and I had been an addict since I was 15 years old. I was doing about 600 mg of oxycodone a day & drinking very heavily just 6 months ago. I had been an addict for the past 4 1/2 years. On September 23, 2011, I finally decided that I was DONE living the life I was living. I had tried the pill form of Vivitrol, which is called Naltrexone, once before and failed. On the pill, you have to wake up & take your meds every morning.. and if you dont, well you can go get high.. So I almost feel like its pointless unless you have OUTSTANDING will power.. and as anyone knows, most addicts DONT. On Sept. 24th, I went to Logan Mingo Mental Health to explore my options for staying clean. I NEVER wanted to trade one drug for another.. & thats exactly what I feel like Suboxen & Methadone do. But with Vivitrol, the injection gives you NO side effects what so ever. It doesnt get you high, its completely non-addictive.. it makes you feel NORMAL again! All it does it completely BLOCK the effects of opiates AS WELL as alcohol. They say it curbs 95% of cravings, but being on the shot myself I would say it gets rid of ATLEAST 99% of cravings.. this shot absolutely saved my life. I wake up every morning now & can FUNCTION like a normal human being. I am now a full time student working on a Bachelors Degree, I work part-time, I live on my own again & function as a productive member of society.. and I did all of this is 6 months. PLEASE, no one mistake this treatment method as a drug that would be in the same category as suboxen or methadone because its NOT.. in my mind, it serves as a safety net.. almost like I know that even if i wanted to get high, I cant.. so theres absolutely no point in thinking about it. Vivitrol is really a God-given miracle. Most treatment programs recommend staying on it for atleast a year, but allow you to stay on it for as long as you feel comfortable (or as long as you arent sure that you can trust yourself.) Like I said, Im six months clean, so im half way through my program.. & my doctor & I have already decided that I will be staying on it for another year just to keep my mind at ease. Like I said, its completely non-addictive & completely harmless.. So you can stay on it for 20 years if you so choose, and it wont hurt you one bit. The only problem Ive encountered is that it does break my face out a little & I have sharp pains in my stomach sometimes.. but then again, I cant guarantee that the stomach pains arent due to damage from the years of extensive drug use. Regardless, I would choose a few stomach pains & some acne over walking around with "pill-cuffs" on ANY DAY. My life has done a complete 360.. & I firmly believe that if it weren't for Vivitrol I would have probably struggled considerably. But since Ive been on Vivitrol, I have NOT relapsed ONE TIME!! I WOULD recommend this to absolutely ANY addict that is ready & willing to really turn their life around. Its truly been a life saver.
Good for you! So great to hear such an insprirational story!! Keep it up. I have an addict in my family, pray this drug becomes available to everyone who needs it. I've never been an addict, but could have been! 10 surgeries and pure refusal to take anything above aleve kept me from it! Pain is truly weakness leaving your body! Streghthen your mind and you can do anything!! But kudos to you
Jordyn

Greenup, KY

#26 Aug 23, 2012
@Jenna.. I'll just be completely honest with you. I'll be 10 months clean tomorrow. I still struggle with the lack of energy. It takes months to gain back your strength, energy, and stamina. I know that energy drinks aren't necessarily the best option.. but I will tell you that the best crutch that I found to make it through the days that I felt drained was Redbull. I am now to the point where I may drink one Redbull every two weeks.. so it is getting MUCH better. I can say that as you get farther into being completely clean & sober, you gain a lot of muscle mass back. Where as, while you're still taking the Suboxone, you continue to lose muscle mass and natural body strength daily. You can do it. My recommendation would be that if youre only taking the small amount that you stated, I would quit completely cold turkey. Make sure that if you opt to do Vivitrol, you DO wait the entire period that your doctor recommends before taking the injection. If you neglect to wait the full amount of time & there would happen to still be traces of Suboxone in your system it could make you very sick. Nevertheless, good luck & keep your head up! I know it seems like a never ending battle sometimes.. but I can guarantee you that there IS an end to it all. There IS an amazingly rewarding life beyond the struggle. Stay focused.. you can do it! Ill keep you in my prayers.
Jordyn

Greenup, KY

#27 Aug 23, 2012
resident wrote:
<quoted text>
Good for you! So great to hear such an insprirational story!! Keep it up. I have an addict in my family, pray this drug becomes available to everyone who needs it. I've never been an addict, but could have been! 10 surgeries and pure refusal to take anything above aleve kept me from it! Pain is truly weakness leaving your body! Streghthen your mind and you can do anything!! But kudos to you
Thanks so much! I'll be praying for your family member.. that they find the strength and guidance they need to travel the beautiful road of sobriety.
TBarnum

Kirkland, WA

#28 Aug 24, 2012
Jordyn wrote:
I am a 20 year old female, and I had been an addict since I was 15 years old. I was doing about 600 mg of oxycodone a day & drinking very heavily just 6 months ago. I had been an addict for the past 4 1/2 years. On September 23, 2011, I finally decided that I was DONE living the life I was living. I had tried the pill form of Vivitrol, which is called Naltrexone, once before and failed. On the pill, you have to wake up & take your meds every morning.. and if you dont, well you can go get high.. So I almost feel like its pointless unless you have OUTSTANDING will power.. and as anyone knows, most addicts DONT. On Sept. 24th, I went to Logan Mingo Mental Health to explore my options for staying clean. I NEVER wanted to trade one drug for another.. & thats exactly what I feel like Suboxen & Methadone do. But with Vivitrol, the injection gives you NO side effects what so ever. It doesnt get you high, its completely non-addictive.. it makes you feel NORMAL again! All it does it completely BLOCK the effects of opiates AS WELL as alcohol. They say it curbs 95% of cravings, but being on the shot myself I would say it gets rid of ATLEAST 99% of cravings.. this shot absolutely saved my life. I wake up every morning now & can FUNCTION like a normal human being. I am now a full time student working on a Bachelors Degree, I work part-time, I live on my own again & function as a productive member of society.. and I did all of this is 6 months. PLEASE, no one mistake this treatment method as a drug that would be in the same category as suboxen or methadone because its NOT.. in my mind, it serves as a safety net.. almost like I know that even if i wanted to get high, I cant.. so theres absolutely no point in thinking about it. Vivitrol is really a God-given miracle. Most treatment programs recommend staying on it for atleast a year, but allow you to stay on it for as long as you feel comfortable (or as long as you arent sure that you can trust yourself.) Like I said, Im six months clean, so im half way through my program.. & my doctor & I have already decided that I will be staying on it for another year just to keep my mind at ease. Like I said, its completely non-addictive & completely harmless.. So you can stay on it for 20 years if you so choose, and it wont hurt you one bit. The only problem Ive encountered is that it does break my face out a little & I have sharp pains in my stomach sometimes.. but then again, I cant guarantee that the stomach pains arent due to damage from the years of extensive drug use. Regardless, I would choose a few stomach pains & some acne over walking around with "pill-cuffs" on ANY DAY. My life has done a complete 360.. & I firmly believe that if it weren't for Vivitrol I would have probably struggled considerably. But since Ive been on Vivitrol, I have NOT relapsed ONE TIME!! I WOULD recommend this to absolutely ANY addict that is ready & willing to really turn their life around. Its truly been a life saver.
Hi, I'm not sure if your going to read this but just in case...I'm going in for a shot next month I've been on suboxen for four years, the question I have for you is does this vivitrol help with any withdrawl symptoms or is it strictly a blocker if I was to relapse. Thank you for any help you give me in this matter.
TBarnum

Kirkland, WA

#29 Aug 24, 2012
suboxone wrote:
<quoted text>. You have to be off of suboxone for 21 days before you have the injection I work with a doc that gives the injection
Not true you have to be off Suboxone for 7-10 days it says so right on Vivitrol's website. Hopefully this helps.
Jordyn

Greenup, KY

#30 Aug 24, 2012
It completely blocks all withdrawl symptoms. Even mentally.. I literally dont think about getting high or anything. Its absolutely unexplainable how this shot works. All I can say is that its truly a god send.
intrigued

Huntington, WV

#31 Aug 24, 2012
Jordyn wrote:
It completely blocks all withdrawl symptoms. Even mentally.. I literally dont think about getting high or anything. Its absolutely unexplainable how this shot works. All I can say is that its truly a god send.
will the wv medical card pay for it??
Jordyn

Greenup, KY

#32 Aug 24, 2012
Not sure. Call your insurance company and tell them you need to check the coverage on the Vivitrol injection. If they tell you theyll cover the generic (which I assume is what they will probably say) make sure to explain to them that there is no generic. It was hard to get Blue Cross Blue Shield to pay for it.. so Im really not sure about a medical card.
intrigued

Huntington, WV

#33 Aug 25, 2012
Jordyn wrote:
Not sure. Call your insurance company and tell them you need to check the coverage on the Vivitrol injection. If they tell you theyll cover the generic (which I assume is what they will probably say) make sure to explain to them that there is no generic. It was hard to get Blue Cross Blue Shield to pay for it.. so Im really not sure about a medical card.
thx Jordan! I have a family member that has been to many rehabs and was thinking of tryn the suboxin- which i disagree with because it has an opiate in it. My family member ha other underlying issues to deal with - which im sure has led to the self medicating ways of which she uses. Good Luck to you Jordan!!! God Bless!
yes

Fort Gay, WV

#34 Aug 25, 2012
intrigued wrote:
<quoted text>will the wv medical card pay for it??
the medical card does pay for it I work for a dr that gives the injection
intrigued

Huntington, WV

#35 Aug 26, 2012
yes wrote:
<quoted text>the medical card does pay for it I work for a dr that gives the injection
what dr do you work for, if you dont mind me asking??
best thing

Charleston, WV

#36 Aug 26, 2012
Yes the vivitrol works it is the only thing that is guaranteed to get someone clean.. With methane and suboxone you can sell it and it is your choice if you take hat every day with the vivitrol its in you there is no choice of if you are going to take a pill or get a fix.. The vivitrol is very expensive it is anywhere from 1000-1500 a shot.. We got lucky and our insurance covered all of it except for 20 dollars... It is truly the best thing thing they came out with.. You have to be clean 7-14 days before you yet the shot because if not you will be deathly sick if you have dope in you it speeds up the withdrawl process and the sickness is horrible...
bill j

Monomoy Island, MA

#37 Sep 23, 2012
I got the shot 6 days ago and am just starting to feel better. I had been on suboxone for 2 yrs and could not kick it. My mistake was that i still had suboxone in my system when i got the shot and 3 hours later i went into severe withdrawl. I sucked it up for 3 days and now feel great! No cravings at all and have hope for first time in years. I would recommend it to anyone, but make sure you're clean first!!!
just sayin

Jackson, MO

#38 Nov 15, 2012
Ive been an addict and alcoholic for 25 years and have had 2 months worth of vivtrol now. No side effects whatsoever, and I feel free. I still have the occasional dream or thought but it passes in seconds. Id call it nothing short of a miracle drug.
Kerry

Brooklyn, NY

#39 Apr 4, 2013
People are complaining about the cost of the medicine .... But not complaining about the cost of their dope/pills...
Human Being

Onalaska, WI

#40 Jun 5, 2013
Scumhater wrote:
<quoted text>I'm so happy for you and love how I'm probably paying for your meds you welfare rat!
People like you make me sick. This comment is an insult to every addict who has sincerely tried to better themselves and create a life without the need for welfare. Jordyn said she is a full time student & working part time. She said she has INSURANCE not Welfare or Medicare/Medicaid. I have watched good, hard-working taxpayers lose everything to a drug addiction, and the only thing that allowed them to regain their life was the healthcare they could only afford with government assistance. I almost wish a drug-addiction on you because it's the one of the closest things on Earth to Hell & that's where a hateful ignorant person like you belongs. But because I understand compassion and forgiveness what I really wish is that you can give up your bitterness & learn to love all people despite their shortcomings, mistakes & illnesses rather than adding insult to the pain & struggle most addicts initially seek to relieve through drug use.

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