Suboxone is a prescription drug often used in the treatment of opioid addiction. It contains a combination of buprenorphine (an opioid) and naloxone. Ironically, the drug is an opioid, so it has its risks for addiction. While Suboxone can be addictive, the drug might benefit those who cannot or are not ready for complete opioid detoxification. It is also a good replacement option for more harmful drugs, like heroin.
One of the most challenging aspects of Suboxone® treatment is how difficult it is once you decide to come off. Most patients that come to us for rapid detox had no idea Suboxone® was an opiate with addictive properties. Also, patients are usually not told by their prescribing physicians how challenging it would be to taper off this drug with such a long half-life.
Although a safer option for some, buprenorphine drugs have a high potential for dependence and addiction, and an exit plan should be available. As with all other opioids, Suboxone withdrawal produces similar withdrawal effects when suddenly discontinued. Even taking the tiniest sliver of this drug can lead to a grueling withdrawal.
Suboxone withdrawal timeline varies in length of time, degrees, and symptoms. If a person starts taking Suboxone regularly, the body adapts to its presence (physical dependence) by changing essential functions. When a sudden interruption occurs, Suboxone withdrawal is likely to happen. Like any other opioid drug, withdrawal can produce side effects that are pretty uncomfortable and sometimes extremely painful.
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Most Common Withdrawal Symptoms
- Stomach pain and diarrhea
- Nausea and vomiting
- Physical weakness
- Bone aches and muscle cramping
- Hot or cold flashes
Severe Side Effects
- Irregular or difficult breathing
- Lightheadedness or fainting
- Pale lips, fingernails, or skin
- Lower side or back pain
- Trouble or pain urinating
If You Experience Any of These Possibly Dangerous Side Effects, You Should Contact Your Doctor or an Emergency Health Provider Immediately
Opioid withdrawal can affect someone physically as well as emotionally. Physical distress often leads to extreme anxiety, depression, and irritability. Most of these emotional and physical issues are preventable when adequately managed in a medical facility.
It is essential to realize that abruptly quitting Suboxone can cause the same symptoms as a withdrawal from any other opioid drug. Those who choose to detox outpatient or go for Suboxone treatment have an idea of what a Suboxone withdrawal timeline looks like.
Suboxone Withdrawal Timeline
Withdrawal is a very individual process. Although most physical symptoms subside within 1 to 2 weeks, it is impossible to estimate each individual’s timeline and symptoms accurately.
Within the first 72 hours is when the most physical symptoms occur. Suboxone withdrawal symptoms vary in severity and duration. It depends on how long Suboxone has been taken as well as the dosage.
The most challenging symptoms to overcome during that first week are mood swings, body aches, pain, and insomnia, but they often subside by days 5 to 7. However, the emotional and physical state of the person can become problematic at this time.
At this point, depression often kicks in. While the general aches and pains in the body subside, insomnia and physical exhaustion can lead to depression. After the second week, depression is the most significant symptom. Anxiety and mood swings are also frequent as the body readjusts. After one month, users will likely still be experiencing intense cravings and depression. This stage of depression can last until the end of the first month.
While most of the stronger physical and mental symptoms will begin to subside, depression and craving for the drug might still be intense. After one month, users will likely still be experiencing these symptoms. It is important to remember that this is probably the most delicate time after stopping Suboxone use, as users have a high potential for relapse.
After the 1st Month
Although the most significant physical symptoms are most likely to cease after the first 30 days, psychological symptoms can last for several months. One of the best non-addictive medications available for opioid cravings is naltrexone or Vivitrol.
This Suboxone withdrawal timeline represents the most common reports, but it usually differs from patient to patient.
Preventing Relapse from Suboxone
First and foremost, it is crucial to understand that opioid use disorder is often a consequence and not the primary issue. It is essential for the well-being of the person to have the central problem professionally diagnosed and treated. A complete understanding of the individual’s issues is crucial in creating an effective and successful treatment plan.
Once the person is fully opioid-free and emotionally present, seeing a therapist on a one-on-one basis can significantly relieve past issues and current challenges.
Participating in any exercise, even something as peaceful as a morning walk can get the blood flowing and the mind on the right track to start the day. One of the most important things to do is to have a healthy social life for motivation and distraction. Continually thinking of our issues and body is exhausting and can increase cravings. Friends can act as a support group by getting their minds in the right place and leading them to a healthier lifestyle. Additionally, the activities that they enjoy can improve mental health and reduce depression.
Rapid Suboxone Detox Treatment
Suboxone withdrawal may be a complicated process to get through without proper medical assistance. It is essential to remember that withdrawal is a temporary condition.
If you are having trouble getting off and buprenorphine base, the Waismann Method has a medical, effective solution. Waismann Method Rapid Detox offers you a detoxification treatment within a private ICU room’s safety at a full-service accredited hospital. Your 3-Day Detox in the hospital stay starts with a comprehensive medical evaluation, followed by a detox procedure in your own ICU room under the watchful care of skilled medical staff. After detox, you will likely receive a Vivitrol® shot. Vivitrol® is a monthly injectable form of naltrexone that blocks the effect of opioids, decreasing cravings, which significantly reduces a person’s desire and need for opioid drugs. Naltrexone is NOT an opioid and does not have the addictive properties of Suboxone®.
If you would like to learn more about Waismann Method Rapid Detox for Suboxone, give us a call. Let a detox specialist know your questions, concerns, and needs. Ask about available treatment options and get help determining the best treatment option for you.
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