Amy Winehouse: Future is Back to Black

by The Discovering Alcoholic on June 18, 2009

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Amy Winehouse has been the subject of many posts here on TDA, but for the last few months she has not graced the front page. I had hoped that meant she was working a quiet recovery, unfortunately though it seems she is still knocking intently on death’s door.

Winehouse Is ‘In Denial’ About Alcoholism
Winehouse’s father, Mitch, recently revealed the singer has been making good progress on a drug replacement program, but she has been drinking heavily to compensate.

Check out the great little video above, alcohol and methadone is a lethal mix yet obviously Amy and even her father consider the practice just a little backsliding.

He adds (dad), “For the last six months, there’s been a remarkable recovery, a gradual recovery, which is good. With slight backward steps — not drug backward steps, more drink backward steps, if you follow my drift. I think that will be the pattern of recovery.”

Alcohol is a contributing factor in the overdose deaths of many who abuse methadone or are on a maintenance program, people go to bed and instead of sleep they get the eternal dirt nap. Talking to the clinic director where I volunteer, she says the effects are not predictable- that the same amount ingested repeatedly can become lethal without warning.

It seems that possibly bright future I had hoped the talented Ms Winehouse was working on has once again gone back to black. Good luck Amy, you gonna need it!

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1 Guinevere September 10, 2010 at 6:25 pm

The ONLY Suboxone success stories I know of are those who have used Suboxone at low and decreasing doses under strict supervision as a short-term tool to detox from other opioids. … I’ve heard so many stories of people being prescribed 16mg, 32mg, even 48mg Suboxone per day for years, as a “maintenance” tool to block cravings and help them live “normally,” when all it does is make them depressed, take away their sexuality, etc.

Methadone’s long half-life makes it notoriously difficult to detox from, and buprenorphine seems to be even worse because of its super-glue binding power. I think many physicians do not have a proper respect for this drug, or even adequate understanding of its strength (to my knowledge, 1mg buprenorphine as Suboxone holds roughly the same binding power as 33mg morphine, though because it’s a partial agonist, the analgesic effects can’t be compared).

When I came off 100mcg/hr+ (give or take–mostly take, because I was taking a bit more) of fentanyl two years ago, I started with I think 12mg Suboxone, quickly over five days tapering down to 6mg, then taking two months to taper off. I wish I’d tapered more quickly, but my addiction had convinced me that I could not do without Taking Something in the mornings. Today, gratefully, I do not have to live that way despite managing two chronic neurological conditions.

There are physicians who believe in Suboxone maintenance, but I don’t understand their orientation. I have experienced the power of Suboxone… I was in precipitated withdrawal for two days; and people say you can’t get high on it, but in the early days it was almost like what I imagine a psychedelic might be (I’ve never taken a psychedelic). Then as I hung out for a couple of weeks at 6mg, I could feel it change on me. I’ve heard this from countless other people: “It turned on me.” … And the post-acute syndrome from Suboxone is a nightmare for many people, unless it’s used for less than three weeks.

Reckitt Benckiser continues to develop new formulations of Suboxone… and generic Subutex is available. So it’s not going away anytime soon.


2 The Discovering Alcoholic September 10, 2010 at 9:36 pm

While I would call the jury out as far as I am concerned with Suboxone, I can say without hesitation though I have yet to feel comfortable with the method I have seen it used in treatment or just prescribed. Caveat- I’ve seen in person it’s use in treatment, but have heard patients explain that it was “just prescribed” which I hope is untrue.


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