What was once hailed as a miracle drug in the fight against opiate addiction is now cause for concern because of additional risks for dependency. Suboxone contains buprenorphine and naloxone and can be prescribed to treat dependency to opiates such as OxyContin, Vicodin, heroin, morphine and codeine.
The drug is supposed to help people get off other opiates perceived to be more powerful than Suboxone. But it’s possible to develop Suboxone addiction as well. Suboxone is one of the most prescribed drugs on the market and demand continues to climb as more and more people fall into opiate addiction.
Many drug treatment centers base their programs on the administration of Suboxone to help patients replace other opiates. While it may be safe for a relatively short-term period, Suboxone can lead to dependency and is most often part of a long-term treatment approach.
Suboxone may be attractive to many people coming off opiates because it tends to dull emotional pain and alleviate depression and anxiety. But it doesn’t help patients to deal with the emotional or physical consequences of prolonged opiate use or abuse. It tends to be a shortsighted approach to a complex problem that responds best to multifaceted treatment.
Maintenance Therapy With Suboxone May Keep Patients In A Cycle Of Dependence
Many prescribing physicians are not trained in the field of addiction medicine and may overprescribe Suboxone without realizing potential problems like suboxone addiction. Some programs use Suboxone on a short-term basis to help patients detox. They may then be slowly weaned from Suboxone. Other programs use it as “maintenance” therapy that can keep patients in a cycle of use.
This is concerning because these patients can get trapped in a cycle of opiate addiction that can become very difficult to break. Treatments that don’t typically rely on opiate “replacement” or “maintenance” therapies to help patients include Suboxone rapid detox. The premier rapid detox in the country, the Waismann Method ®, where the detoxification is backed up with specialized opiate aftercare program, and is proved to bring quick results that last.
Waismann Method ® Rapid Drug Detoxification Center
At the Waismann Method ® Rapid Drug Detoxification Center we use intravenous medications to reverse opiate physical dependency by removing the opiates at key receptor levels. This happens while patients are deeply sedated and accelerates the withdrawal process so patients don’t have to suffer when they awaken. Opiate withdrawal invokes downright terror for a lot of people, many whom have a sincere desire to be opiate free.
Suboxone withdrawal can bring about powerful symptoms including extreme anxiety, physical and psychological cravings, diarrhea, depression, low energy, high blood pressure, elevated heart rate, severe restless legs and weakness. Many people who attempt on their own to get off Suboxone are driven right back to it once withdrawal becomes too much to bear.
Suboxone can become a prison for people who stay on it for a long period of time. Opiate treatment that includes rapid detox for Suboxone can help patients stay off opiates for good. Aftercare or transitional care for a few days is imperative to ensure patients recover safely and become stronger physically and emotionally.