What is Suboxone? Treatment and Useage

The drug known as Suboxone was introduced in the 80’s by a pharmaceutical company founded in Brittan. It is actually two drugs mixed into one. Those two drugs are Naloxone, a pure opioid antagonist and Buprenorphine. It was introduced as a powerful pain reliever option that could be prescribed by medical professionals. It was prescribed to help those with chronic pain.

Since 2000, Suboxone is widely used to help those dealing with opiate addiction. The naloxone in it blocks the positive mental benefits that people experience when they use opiates. As a result, it can be used to fight pain but it isn’t going to get them into a continuous cycle where their mental well-being depends on it. You may have heard of Narcan, a drug to reserve the effects of someone with an overdose issue. Naloxone is one of the main ingredients in it.

Since 2012, Suboxone has replaced methadone as the best solution to treat those with an opiate addiction. It is also a viable solution for those seeking treatment from a heroin addiction. There are fewer risks involved with using it. Combined with counseling and a detailed treatment plan, this can be a solution that helps more people successfully end their addiction forever.

Detoxing from Suboxone

In a controlled in-house drug rehab center, suboxone can be used to help those going through withdrawal symptoms. The detox process can be brutal and it can last for many days. Rather than going cold turkey, this method helps the person to taper down from opiates in a more tolerable fashion. This is a very important step to ending the cycle of abusing drugs. Even when someone would like to stop using, those urges due to the withdrawals can be significant and they go back to using again

Is it addicting?

It is important to understand you can also get addicted to the use of Suboxone. Long term use, while better than using opiates, will result in a physical dependency and an addiction. It isn’t a good idea to just exchange one type of drug for the next. A real plan has to be in place to combat the use of drugs. The use of Suboxone should be carefully supervised by professionals. Over time, a user of it will build up a tolerance. Then they need more of it to be able to get the same benefits they did before.

There are narcotic components found in Suboxone, and that is what makes it possible for addiction to it to occur. You aren’t going to be able to get off of it without supervision and a well versed rehab program. We recommend those having a hard time quitting suboxone seek help in our medical detox. We are experienced with helping those suffering through suboxone or that is toward the end of their suboxone program and is looking to maintain sobriety. The long term solution is in healthy habits, and a custom treatment plan which we will build for you at our Sanctuary Health Group facilities.

Side Effect of Suboxone

There can be serious health risks and various side effects with the use of Suboxone. They include:

  • Changes in appetite
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Slowed breathing
  • Slowed hear rate
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Vomiting

Withdrawal Symptoms of Suboxone

When a person tries to stop using Suboxone, they may go through various withdrawal symptoms. They can vary in regard to the number of symptoms, the severity, and how long they will last. They include:

  • Aches and pains throughout the body
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Obsessive behaviors
  • Restless legs

Warning Signs of Suboxone Dependency

Be aware of warning signs that someone you care about may have an addiction to Suboxone. If they show any of these signs, you need to do all you can to get them into a credible rehab facility as soon as possible.

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Financial problems.
  • Irrational and irresponsible behaviors
  • Isolated from others
  • Lack of interest in hobbies, relationships, or commitments
  • Shopping around for doctors

Our treatment facilities are experienced in helping those with Suboxone addiction. We can help you through the withdrawal symptoms as they develop due to the detox process. We can help you to identify the best way to overcome the addiction based on your specfic needs following an in-depth assessment, and build the right aftercare plan to keep you on the path of a healthy life.