I've been an opiate addict for many years. Three years ago, I FINALLY got sober and stayed that way until last summer. Without the hows and whys of what happened, I relapsed once again. It all started like every other time: a lortab or two at night to make facebook more interesting, to in 3 weeks, snorting 100+ mgs of snorting oxys and taking a handfull of clonidine. By the end of last summer I was desperate once again, and looked for an EASIER WAY OUT. I had heard about the Suboxone treatment, and a nice brand new shiny "Treatment Program" had just opened in my town. "APPLEGATE RECOVERY" as they call themselves is just a suboxone/subutex mill, but at the time it seemed an answer to what I wanted: something quick, especially without the horror again of the detox of opiates. Hindsight being what it is, I am sorry I went down the road. Yet, it did help me initially, allowing me to quickly jump back into the mainstream of life, getting employed with a good company that paid well, moving to exotic places, and I went to meetings. So, it all sounds rosy except I now want off this treatment, and I feel this is going to be a real beast. I was on suboxone 8mg tablet and had successfully for awhile got my use down to 1/4 of the tablet. It now had been fluctuated to 1/2 or so a day. Today, after a long discussion I had with the doc, for the first time I am now taking Subutex. I know the difference between the two, so no need for a lesson on what their differences are is needed. What I am looking for is this. Have you been addicted to Suboxone/Subutex AND are now free from it. How did you do this? Tell me how you tapered down. How long did it take you to taper down in a realistic fashion? I have to get off this sh*t, and I need some help doing so. I am so angry with myself for being so stupid to be duped into this, but like I said, at the time when my thinking was really bad, I wanted the way that I thought would be very easy. Please help if you can, even if you are still taking it like I am, what are you doing to get off?