Suboxone Addiction Treatment
Suboxone is a prescription medication that was approved in 2002 and marketed for the treatment of opioid addiction. Suboxone is a combination of Buprenorphine (an opiate analgesic) and Naloxone (an opiate antagonist).
Suboxone, is a long acting opioid and its effects can last up to three days. It has been viewed as a safer alternative to Heroin. When individuals are trying to reduce their use of illegal opioids, Suboxone can be a useful drug to help them abstain. But like any other opiate, Suboxone itself contains opioids and can lead to tolerance, dependence and addiction.
Side Effects of Suboxone
Suboxone addiction symptoms are very similar to other opioids. Friends and family may notice increased feelings of depression, isolation, decreased pain tolerance and anxiety issues. This may be the first clue that this person has an issue with substance abuse.
Suboxone addiction has a number of side effects. Suboxone side effects may include nausea, loss of memory, digestive issues, loss of coordination, and insomnia.
In addition to the Suboxone side effects listed above, the use of this drug can also cause additional risks to a user’s health. The greatest risks are decreased respiratory activity and the potential for overdose, especially when combined with other substances like benzodiazepines or alcohol.
Suboxone Withdrawal Symptoms
Usually Suboxone dependence signs become noticeable 48 hours after the last dose. Withdrawal symptoms are very similar to those of a flu, and the physical symptoms can last 3 to 4 weeks.
Suboxone detoxification often requires an inpatient medically assisted treatment center. Suboxone can be a more difficult drug to detox from, due to its long half-life. A half-life is a length of time for a substance to deplete to half its value, and the Suboxone half-life is 37 hours. Cold turkey detox can cause unnecessary suffering and emotional distress.
Drug Rehabs or outpatient treatment can have a very high fail rate. It is difficult for patients to withstand the potential length and severity of withdrawal from Suboxone.
Some of the withdrawal symptoms that a patient may experience during a detox from Suboxone can include body aches, anxiety, nausea, diarrhea, insomnia and restless legs syndrome followed by extreme depression and cravings. Patient’s who would like to stop using Suboxone should seek medical assistance to help them through the prolonged withdrawal symptoms.
Medicine has evolved considerably in the last decade, and we are now able to see and understand the function and malfunctions within our brain. We can understand the effects different drugs have on the brain’s chemical balance and we can often reverse these effects without unnecessary suffering.
Suboxone Detox & Treatment
Many drug users avoid seeking help out of fear of the pain and suffering that accompanies withdrawal. Instead, they allow their addiction to progress and put their own lives at risk in the process.
There are methods available to minimize withdrawal symptoms and decrease the time required to detox from Suboxone, including the Waismann Method of Rapid Detox.
When Rapid Detox is performed under the appropriate facility and with a board certified experienced physician, it can be the most successful and comfortable treatment for Suboxone dependence. Using this technique shortens the withdrawal period significantly and minimizes the discomfort patients experienced while detoxing from Suboxone.
Patients are treated in a full service accredited hospital for a few days, where they are provided with a large number of medical resources. Once physically stable, they continue their private recovery at an exclusive licensed retreat. The combination of specialized professionals and facilities provides each patient with the success and respect they seek in a Suboxone treatment.