In most cases doctors, drug rehab centers or suboxone clinics prescribe Suboxone as a treatment for opiate dependence. Suboxone contains buprenorphine (opioid) and naloxone medication that mimics the effects of opiates without causing the same euphoria. Some patients take Suboxone to delay withdrawal symptoms while they engage in some kind of rehabilitation or create a plan to learn how to live without opiates. At that point they start to wean themselves from Suboxone.
Research indicates that every year nearly two million Americans use prescription opioid painkillers, and in some communities, abuse of prescription painkillers has overtaken cocaine and marijuana use. The 2002 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA) showed that approximately 9% of the U.S. population has used pain relievers illegally in their lifetime. An estimated 1.6 million Americans used prescription-type pain relievers non-medically for the first time in 1998. This represents a significant increase since the 1980s, when there were generally fewer than 500,000 new users per year.
Suboxone Addiction & Withdrawal
Using opiates for non-medical reasons, either to get high or to treat pain for which it was not prescribed, increases the risk for developing opiate addiction and dependence. Opiate dependence results in uncomfortable and long-lasting withdrawal symptoms when the individual stops using opiates while addiction causes cravings and unhealthy drug-seeking behaviors when drug abuse stops. Withdrawal symptoms and cravings can be difficult to endure and often cause patients to relapse to drug abuse.
Medical scientists have worked feverishly to develop methods to help patients stop using opiates. Some treatments ease the severity of withdrawal symptoms or shorten their duration. Suboxone is a drug replacement approach, where the patient takes medications that delay the onset of withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
Patients should use Suboxone only for a short time to delay the onset of withdrawal symptoms but often patients find themselves on Suboxone much longer than they had anticipated. Opiate replacement therapies such as Suboxone have no doubt helped many people recover from drug addiction or stabilize from dangerous behaviors caused by drug abuse. Many do become addicted, however, and require a second detox – this time from the drug intended to help them.
We are actually seeing a constant increase of patients searching the Waismann Method® of rapid detox for assistance with Suboxone addiction and detoxification. Doing research on every drug prescribed by a doctor is the best way of knowing side effects and consequences and which medication or therapy is best for you. With Suboxone, replacing one addiction with another becomes a very possible reality for too many people.
Effects of Suboxone and Other Opiates
Opiates cause neurological changes to occur in the brain and central nervous system that result in pain relief, euphoria, relaxation and other physical and psychological effects.
Opiates work by binding to special opiate receptors in the body. This binding action sends a message to the brain to disregard any pain messages the brain may receive. Binding to opiate receptors also causes the euphoria and other neurological changes. With continual opiate use, especially at high doses, can cause these changes to become more permanent, resulting in addiction and dependence.
Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opiate, derived from extracts of the opium poppy plant. It works by attaching to the same receptors as other opiates but buprenorphine does not cause nearly as much euphoria as heroin or other opiates. Buprenorphine “fools” the body into thinking it has enough or other opiates, so withdrawal symptoms do not occur, but the drug does not get the consumer as high.
While buprenorphine does not cause the same level of euphoria as other opiates, it is still possible to abuse the drug. To reduce the risk for abuse, the makers of Suboxone added naloxone, which reverses the effects of opiates. Emergency department doctors and EMTs have saved countless lives by administering naloxone in cases of drug overdoses. Adding naloxone to Suboxone may save millions more by reversing the effects of buprenorphine.
Signs of Suboxone Addiction and/ or Abuse May Include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle cramps
- Watery eyes
- Slurred speech
- Increased blood pressure
- Small pupils
- Apathetic mood
Suboxone may cause other effects, including breathing problems, changes in behavior, or life-threatening addiction and withdrawal symptoms in a newborn if the patient uses the medication during pregnancy.
Severe (possibly fatal) breathing problems can occur, especially if this medication is abused, injected, or mixed with other depressants such as alcohol, benzodiazepines or other narcotics.
Suboxone is not right for everyone. A patient should tell his doctor if he has:
- A breathing problem or lung disease
- Enlarged prostate or urinary issues
- Liver or kidney disease
- Curvature of the spine that affects breathing
- Gallbladder, adrenal gland or thyroid problems
- Personal or family history of drug abuse, alcohol addiction or mental illness
- History of head injury, brain tumor or seizures
- Home Suboxone Detox
A Suboxone at home detox can be difficult and dangerous because there are both mental and physical aspects of opiate addiction. A Suboxone withdrawal attempt can be a painful experience, the symptoms can be more severe with prolong use of the drug. Symptoms usually begin 36 hours after the last dosage was taken and can last up to several weeks. Some of the severe withdrawl symptoms include nausea, muscle cramps, restless legs, anxiety, insomnia, diarrhea, excessive sweating, chills, and depression. For some people these symptoms are to hard to endure and many would rather return to taking the medication, this is the viscous cycle of addiction.
Opiates travel rapidly through the bloodstream to the brain, where they stimulate opiate receptors, triggering intense feelings of pleasure and reward. This quick high is followed a state of relaxation and contentment that lasts for several hours. Concurrently, opiates act directly on the respiratory center in the brainstem function, causing a decrease in the breathing rate of the user. When Suboxone and/or other opiate-derivative drugs are used incorrectly, this breathing slow-down can be dangerous and even fatal.
Traditional methods of treatment of addiction from Suboxone and other opiates–talk therapy along with outpatient medicinal treatment to lessen the pain of withdrawal–often have low success rates (sometimes even less than 10% after the first year) due to the drug’s powerful, physically addictive properties.
Waismann Method ® Rapid Opiate Detox Center
A safer and quicker method of Suboxone detox is the Waismann Method ® of rapid drug detoxification, a medical drug detox center located exclusively in Southern California, that is increasing the success for opiate dependency treatments for over a decade. Waismann Method rapid drug detox treats Suboxone addiction and dependence as a physical disease that can be overcome and reversed with advanced medical techniques. It helps to eliminate the physical withdrawals and cravings that often accompany traditional opiate detox treatments and are the main reason for relapse. The world-renowned Waismann Treatment of rapid detox has attracted press and high acclaim, all because of its success rate in treating thousands of patients from around the world suffering from prescription drug addiction.
We offer a premiere Suboxone detox treatment program that is administered in a fully accredited hospital in Orange County, CA where patients are monitored in their private rooms around the clock by a team of medical professional.
Another thing that sets our program apart from the others is our unparalleled safety standards and the humane way we approach and treat each patient. Our patients are treated as the unique individuals that they are. We take into account underlying issues, special needs and individual risk factors by offering the appropriate assessment and treatment plan. Our patients leave our facility with their dignity intact.
Are You Addicted to Suboxone?
If you or someone you know is suffering with addiction and is looking to detox off Suboxone, contact the Waismann Method Rapid Opiate Detox Center today and break the chain of opiate dependency, (310) 205-0808.