is new here, but not to recovery. Swim has been a clean and sober member of AA for 23 years, but recently got stupidly addicted to Oxycontin. He has been taking 80-150mgs a day orally for about 3 months. He's deathly afraid of the withdrawals, so after a lot of research he found this site and is anxious for your advice. He would rather not use Suboxone
as a maintenance drug
because he doesn't want to have to withdraw from that later.
He has a great support group in AA who he's sure will circle the wagons because he has been on the other side of the same exact situation with other members of his sober community.
From his research it seems as though one can use Suboxone to withdraw from the Oxy for 7-10 days and not have to much difficulty leaving the Suboxone behind. He's hoping to have some anti depression meds like Cymbalta
as well because he's pretty sure he will suffer from deep depression for a few months after getting clean. He's heard that Clonodine is helpful too, especially for that first day while waiting for the moderate withdrawals to kick in.
Please hit him with your best advice. He's open to everything.