The opioid crisis is gaining mainstream attention across the nation. Many struggling with opioid addictions are turning to Suboxone. Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. It and can be very effective for some people. This is when it comes to a maintenance drug for curbing illicit opiate cravings and withdrawal symptoms. But what happens when the person becomes addicted to the addiction treatment medication? What happens when they need Suboxone detox?
This, unfortunately, is an all too common problem. Suboxone can be a useful addiction treatment medication for those at high risk, especially with heroin. However, this drug also contains opioids. This brings its own risk of dependency with it.
When Suboxone is used to ease withdrawal symptoms and cravings, tapering might be an issue. This is even under careful case management and proper monitoring. Not just Suboxone patients can quickly become dependent upon the drug. But, it can trigger cravings for stronger opioids leading people to use both. The fear of withdrawal symptoms alone keeps many people in this endless circle of addiction. This makes easing withdrawal symptoms a top priority for successful detoxes across the nation.
How Does Suboxone Work?
As mentioned earlier, Suboxone does have an opioid makeup to it. The buprenorphine in Suboxone is an opioid agonist. Meaning it has the ability to latch to the opioid receptor sites throughout our central nervous systems and prolong the dependence. Suboxone also contains an opioid antagonist – the naloxone content. Naloxone is used to block the signals that these same opioid receptors transmit to the nervous system. Because of this quality, Suboxone can trigger severe withdrawal symptoms in a person suffering from opiate use disorder. This is when not used properly or within the correct time frame. Some of the most common opioid withdrawal symptoms Suboxone can trigger:
- mood swings
- in some cases respiratory issues
Withdrawal symptoms that are improperly monitored and managed can lead to:
- in extreme cases, death
Rise to Fame
The Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 passed. Physicians who met certain qualifications could treat opioid addictions using Schedule III, IV and V narcotic medications. These medications had been specifically approved by the Food and Drug Administration. They were now available to be prescribed, dispensed or waived by physicians in various addiction treatment settings. Suboxone was one of the first and most widely used medication-assisted treatment (MAT) drugs used under this Act. But as it’s prescription use became more widespread, so did its’ illicit use. Suboxone sufferers began to abuse the drug via:
- by crushing the pills up and snorting them
- and in more extreme cases would dissolve the pills and inject them intravenously
Can Rapid Detox Work for Suboxone Addiction?
Many people wonder if Rapid Detox can work for Suboxone addiction since Suboxone is technically a MAT substance. It is supposed to help with the withdrawal of another opioid substance. The simple answer is yes. Rapid Detox can work very well for those suffering from Suboxone addiction. Because of its chemical make-up and opiate content, Suboxone comes with an entire list of its’ own withdrawal symptoms.
An average Suboxone withdrawal may include the following symptoms: leg cramping, anxiety, excessive sweating, insomnia, diarrhea, malaise, abdominal cramping, elevated body temperature, dehydration, chills, and in some cases suicidal ideation and thoughts. These symptoms can last anywhere from two to five weeks, actually lasting longer than the withdrawal symptoms of many other opiates such as heroin or oxycontin.
With the Waismann Method® we have successfully helped countless patients from all over the world kick their Suboxone addiction. Most individuals that end up in our care were suffering from opioid use disorder and looking for a way out of their addiction when they sought help from a medically managed Suboxone treatment provider with the initial intention to taper down. But before they knew it they found that the Suboxone was just as addictive as the opioid drug they had issues with but with magnified withdrawal symptoms – making it an even harder substance for withdrawal.
Since the fear of withdrawal symptoms is one of the biggest factors for most opiate users when it comes to getting off the drug or not, it’s no wonder that Suboxone users have such a difficult time kicking their new habit. Because Rapid Detox by the Waismann Method® is so effective at sparing people from the painful and sometimes scary withdrawal symptoms, it is one of the best treatments to rid your body of the substance.
How Suboxone Detox Works
Considering Suboxone withdrawal symptoms can be severe, it is important that any Rapid Detox for Suboxone use is done in an accredited medical facility. And, while under the management and care of an experienced team of board-certified medical professionals. Trying to get through an Opiate withdrawal outside of this scope, especially when referring to Suboxone, can lead to a higher risk of relapse, seizure, dehydration, and in extreme cases even death.
Rapid Detox is a medical treatment which requires you to stay in the hospital for a brief period of around two to three days. The procedure is in a private ICU room. It commonly begins with anesthetizing the patient for around one hour. All while an experienced board-certified anesthesiologist induces an accelerated detoxification process. The patient is closely monitored during this time. They are monitored by a medical team while all vital signs being carefully managed.
Once the patient wakes up from the anesthesia the worst of the withdrawal symptoms should already be over! This is an incredibly effective way to rid your body of any opioid drugs while bypassing most of the uncomfortable and painful side-effects of withdrawal. Following the procedure, the patient will be in the hospital for another day. Or until physically fit for discharge with monitoring. This is to aid with any lingering symptoms. Once discharged, they receive patients in a specialized recovery center. This is for additional support during the regulation period.
Rapid Detox may be a good fit for you or your loved one if they are struggling with Suboxone and are looking for a way to come off of it. In our experience, most people already suffering from opioid abuse are struggling and want a better way. This starts with the withdrawal symptoms. Being able to offer people a way to minimize this uncomfortable and long withdrawal process can be very effective. Especially at getting a person emotionally present. They are able to embark in any psychological treatment they chose in order to achieve and maintain a successful recovery. If you’re looking for an effective solution for Suboxone detox reach out to us.