Garrett: “So… I ended up getting on Suboxone because that was supposed to be the drug that keeps me off all the other stuff, the Lortabs, it’s something that doctors prescribe to you. And let me just be clear — To anybody that’s on Suboxone, you’ve got to find a way to get off of it. It’s just as bad, just as harmful as any other drug out there. And if you ever have any questions on that you can email me, I’ll give you all my information.
But, so basically man the reason that I got off was to save my marriage and my family. That is my reason why, because I was about to lose them. And, so, what ended up happening was my brother… my brother’s wife, and my mom and my wife, they all just kinda got together and prayed.
She Googled, I don’t know exactly what she Googled, some type of “opioid addiction recovery”, something along those lines, and your name came up my man. And she clicked on it and she felt good about it you know, we’re big believers in the Lord and we always pray about big decisions, and we felt good about it.
And so, that’s what I did. Me and my mom got together and we hired you, and that was the start of a new life for me, Matt. We can go through some of the steps that you helped me out with, but, for me, it was all about saving my marriage. I knew that I had to stop or my life was gonna be crap and I was gonna lose absolutely everything.
I didn’t want to. I mean like, maybe that sounds bad, like, I didn’t wanna stop taking the pills cuz I loved the way I felt, but I knew that I had to.”
Matt: “Ya the marriage, you’re marriage and family was more important to you than — you had to choose between both of them, basically. It was like, you can either stay on Suboxone and not have your family, or you can get off Suboxone and still have your family. You know, some people don’t make the same decision that you did so I totally just honor you for that.
And you’ve made such an incredible transformation. So, first, before we go into how you transformed why don’t you just tell use about, like, the first 3-4 weeks maybe even 5 weeks, like how were you feeling when you first, I mean and did, you know, taper off or came off cold-turkey?
I know you probably don’t, haven’t thought about that in a while but I think it would be really cool for you to just kinda say just how, how that first 4 weeks maybe was… 6 weeks.”
Garrett: “Ya, so, we did the research on it and all the research suggests that you should taper off slowly. I believe I was taking, I don’t know 16 mg I think it was of Suboxone I can’t remember what one of these little strips were, I think it was 8 mg and I was taking 2 of them a day.
Um, but, I’m hard-headed man and I knew that I wanted to get off of it and I wanted to do it as fast as possible. So, I went from like 16 mg to like 4 mg, and then, for a couple days, and then… then just basically got off of it completely. And it was horrible, I mean, it was some of the worst pain that I’ve experienced.
For probably, I mean that first week I laid in bed like all day every day. And one thing that helped me a lot was just getting warm baths. I got baths cuz my muscles and bones would just ache. Like my lower back would just kill me. And um, but you know, eventually it gets better though.
You know it’s just all about persistence and sticking with it. If you can get through that first 7-10 days then you start having a good day — or not even a good day — a good couple of hours here and there where you can sit through a movie and, you know, you can have a couple good conversations with people.
And then it just slowly, you start gaining momentum, you know. You start getting a little bit more energy. And obviously supplements was key for me, and you introduced me to that. Getting the right kind of vitamins and supplements to replace, to help your brain function, basically, to repair all those damaged cells.”