Suboxone is the brand name for the narcotic buprenorphine. It is prescribed as a treatment for people who are addicted to opiate drugs such as Oxycontin, heroin, Vicodin and other painkillers. Suboxone is used as an opiate replacement and an alternative to Methadone, and can help a person to taper down from opiates, reducing symptoms of withdrawal. While this process can be done in a relatively short period of time, it can also drag on for months and even years. Long-term opiate replacement therapy is also known as harm reduction.
So, how does a medication intended to help persons addicted to drugs become a problem? Suboxone is an opiate, too. It acts on opiate receptors and when taken regularly is just as habit-forming as any other opiate. When a person tries to quit Suboxone, they will experience withdrawal symptoms, depending on their dosage.
Many people begin using Suboxone to help them stop abusing heroin or painkillers. They replace their drug of choice with a regulated dose of the Suboxone, prescribed under the care and supervision of a physician. The hope is that they will be able to gradually decrease their dose until they are able to stop completely, thus ending their dependence on narcotics. This isn’t always the outcome, however, and many people often find that they have simply traded one drug for another. This may go on for years, costing the individual thousands of dollars per year, and keeping them from enjoying a full life free from addiction.
In other cases, people are introduced to Suboxone recreationally. For a person who isn’t already addicted to opiates, a small dose of Suboxone can produce a euphoric high that is in itself very addictive. If it continues to be abused, they will be just as dependent on the Suboxone as someone would be to heroin or Oxycontin.
Like any other addiction to opiate drugs, Suboxone addiction poses risks to your physical health in both the short and long-term. Overdose is a risk. Respiratory distress and organ damage will occur with continued use. It is important to realize that just because Suboxone is prescribed to treat opiate addiction, it is not only highly addictive, it is also just as dangerous as any other opiate drug. You can overdose. In fact, opiate addicts who abuse Suboxone are putting themselves in danger, because they need to take unsafe doses in order to achieve the high they are looking for.
The damage isn’t limited to physical consequences. Addiction wreaks havoc on the lives of the addicted individual as well as his or her family. Suboxone is expensive; financial struggles among addicts can eventually result in homelessness. Personal relationships become strained. Continued abuse of Suboxone can result in mood disturbances such as depression, anxiety and hostility. Loss of interest in hobbies, activities and relationships lessen quality of life. Hygiene and other types of self-care may fall by the wayside. Addiction is progressive, so these problems will stack up and increase over time.
If you have been abusing Suboxone you can get help from a Suboxone detox center. If you have been on a supervised dosage of Suboxone to help you get off prescription or illicit opiates, but you no longer wish to take Suboxone anymore, a Stuart, Florida detox center will give you the help you need to quit.
Even if you have been taking Suboxone as directed, you will experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop using them. These withdrawal symptoms are often what keeps people from quitting Suboxone altogether.
Some of the symptoms of withdrawal from Suboxone may include:
The severity of your withdrawal symptoms depends on a few factors. The length of time you’ve been on Suboxone has a direct impact on what your withdrawal process will be like. Maybe you’ve only been taking Suboxone for the directed amount of time, or maybe you found yourself using it much longer than you originally anticipated. This may have happened because you were too afraid to face the withdrawal effects in the first place, but staying on the drug longer will only make it worse in the long run. Stopping the use of Suboxone when you’re supposed to will make the withdrawal process much less uncomfortable, and likely faster, as well.
The withdrawal symptoms you experience also depend on the dosage of Suboxone you’ve been taking. Withdrawing from a high dose of Suboxone may cause withdrawal symptoms to be more severe. This may be the case for you if you became tolerant to your initial dosage before and required a higher dose to feel high. Unfortunately, as you increase the dose of Suboxone, or any kind of similar drug, withdrawing from it will always prove to be more difficult.
Because Suboxone is a long-acting opioid, meaning the drug remains inside the bloodstream longer than most opioids, the withdrawal symptoms typically don’t start occurring until 1-3 days after the last dose was taken. This is when physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms will first start to kick in. You can expect these symptoms to peak after about 3-5 days. Suboxone withdrawal symptoms usually begin to subside within 1-2 weeks after stopping the use of it. Some symptoms, especially emotional ones, may linger longer for some people. Everyone has a different experience during withdrawal and this timeline doesn’t necessarily apply to all individuals.
At a Suboxone detox center, you can complete the detox process fully in the comfort of a luxury facility that offers treatment, support and the ability to finally break free from opiate addiction.
Instead of quitting cold turkey on your own, professional medical staff can assist you in helping you slowly taper off the drug. When Suboxone is gradually tapered from your system, it can help ease the withdrawal symptoms and make it a more comfortable experience. Medical professionals can work closely with you to set up a tapering schedule that is optimal for you and will be the most beneficial for your recovery.
You don’t have to worry about being alone when you’re at Coastal Detox. The road to recovery is a challenging one, but we can ease the burden by making sure you’re not carrying it alone. Everybody on our team, including our doctors, nurses, therapists, and CNAS, are passionate about what they do and even more passionate about the people they help.
At Coastal Detox, you will experience nurturing, supportive staff, comprehensive treatments, therapies and medical supervision and care as well as behavioral counseling to help support you emotionally throughout the process. This isn’t a cold, clinical detox where you are left on your own with a nurse checking on you occasionally. This is a full-service, modern, luxury facility that is designed to help you succeed.
Coastal Detox Center is located on Florida’s beautiful Treasure Coast. It is a beautiful, state-of-the-art 12,500 sf facility with luxurious amenities, recreational facilities and attentive, nurturing staff. Throughout your stay, you will be supported while you receive top-notch medical care that allows you to sail through detox. In addition, you will have access to holistic treatments and therapies such as massage, chiropractic, biofeedback and more. You’ll have a chance to rest and recuperate in peaceful surroundings and enjoy delicious, chef-prepared meals. If you are ready to make a change in your life, contact Coastal Detox Center today.