Myths About Quitting Suboxone

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If you are addicted to opioids, then your doctor or rehab center may decide to put you on Suboxone. By doing this, they are actually using another opioid to treat your opioid addiction. The reason behind this is that it helps you to kick the stronger and more potent drugs. Unfortunately, Suboxone is also a highly addictive opioid. Your doctor or rehab center may have neglected to mention this when they put you on it to help you with the symptoms of your withdrawal from more serious narcotics.

It helps to explain why there are so many myths surrounding Suboxone, addiction to it, and treatment from addiction to it. You may have questions about these myths and whether or not they are true. We will look at and answer them here.

Myths About Suboxone

It is a good idea to understand these two most popular and false myths about the drug while you are looking for the best treatment for it. You may have heard a myth that there is no way to quit taking Suboxone. If you have become addicted to Suboxone you will be relieved to hear that there is a highly effective detox available for it.

Another myth is that the withdrawal symptoms are so severe that you would never dare to stop taking it. This is also not true if the detox and rehab is effectively managed and controlled. You can break free from this life-controlling addiction.

Myths About Suboxone Dependence

The all too popular prescription drug Suboxone has been heavily utilized for recovery of drug addiction. Many drug rehab centers look at it as the cure-all for addiction to other, more powerful opiates. What many of them fail to mention is that this drug that contains buprenorphine is a powerful opiate itself that binds on to the brain’s receptors’ sites.

Sadly this makes it is a highly potent narcotic. Unfortunately once you get hooked on it, you will have to undergo detox to have a serious chance of breaking free from Suboxone. The pain and discomfort you feel and the amount of time that you will feel it for at detox will vary greatly both based on the rehab center and the kind of treatment that you select.

The Myth that People Using Suboxone Medicinally Are Not Addicted to it

Studies will tell you that Suboxone can be overused, overdosed on, and habitually abused. Some of them will also reveal that since it is a partial agonist for the brain’s primary opiate receptor, this will create a lower degree of euphoria than competing stronger opiates like oxycodone and heroin. There are many cases where drug addicts will abuse Suboxone by obtaining it illegally in order to assist with their own withdrawal symptoms from heroin. You kid yourself if you believe that this is not a substitute addiction.

Drug Rehab Centers Utilize Suboxone for Detox

It is not a myth that MAT (medication-assisted therapy) is a powerful tool of the detox center establishment. They have studies that demonstrate its ability to reduce the chances of powerful drugs’ fatal overdose by 50 percent. The way that the Suboxone works is by blunting the intoxication of such potent addictive narcotics as:

Suboxone also stops the potent drug cravings and helps a great number of addicts like you to make a successful transition from the addicted life back to one of safety, normalcy, and freedom. When you get addicted to it though, you will experience negative consequences. In this withdrawal process from Suboxone, you can expect to suffer from acute physiological and physical symptoms. The best treatment centers will make it their goal to work you through these painful withdrawal effects as safely and comfortably as humanly possible.

There are a number of symptoms for Suboxone withdrawal, but the most common ones are as follows:

  • Cold and hot flashes
  • Fatigue
  • Crawling skin feeling
  • Craving for drugs
  • Aching muscles
  • Nausea leading to vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia

Besides these physical symptoms, there are also psychological symptoms that include the following:

  • Depression
  • Moodiness
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Re-occurring disorders reappearing

General Treatment for Quitting Suboxone

When you are ready to get started with treatment for stopping Suboxone you will usually go into a rehab center for from seven to 10 days of detox. Thanks to the most cutting-edged medicinal procedures and techniques administered in hospital facilities that are fully equipped, you can realize your goal of attaining a complete detox of Suboxone. Once you have finished this treatment, you face the prospect of a full recovery over the longer-term. Hopefully you can do this without relapsing. Relapse is still possible without ongoing counseling support and treatment of the underlying issues that led to the pain-killing addiction in the first place.

The risk of overdosing on Suboxone is real. It is unlikely that the dangers of slower breathing will be experienced like with the big three opioids morphine, heroin, or oxycodone. If you do achieve an overdose level of the Suboxone, this is usually because you are mixing a dangerous cocktail of powerful drugs with sedatives like benzodiazepines. These medications have a slowing effect on breathing.

Further Treatment Following Detox for Suboxone

After you have finished detoxing suboxone from your system, it is best to move forward by entering into a rehab facility. Detox alone is not enough to help you stay clean from the drug. Without the proper counseling and support, you will give in much easier when the temptation to use arises. Entering into a rehabilitation program is the best way to equip yourself with the skills and knowledge it takes to stand strong in sobriety for the rest of your life. While you may think that most rehabs typically only deal with addictions such as alcohol or common drugs, many do offer programs for suboxone. You should never think that your addiction isn’t worth getting help just because it’s not what most people are addicted to.

In rehab, you can expect to find a wonderful support system. You will acquire this support system through various counseling sessions, including both group and individual counseling sessions. In group counseling, you will gain the support of your fellow recovering addicts who understand and share in your struggles. In individual counseling, you will gain great wisdom from an expert in the field of addiction who is compassionate about helping you succeed in sobriety. Beyond that, most rehabs offer many recreational activities as well to keep you busy when you’re not in a counseling session.

Once you have completed a rehab program, which typically last anywhere between 30-90 days, you should continue to seek support. As you transition back into everyday life, it can be easy to become overwhelmed by all the stresses. Due to this fact, it might be a good idea to continue with some form of an extended program such as a sober living facility or halfway house. In this type of program, you can return to normal daily activities such as work or school and return to your sober living home at the end of the day. This is a good way to stay in close contact with your support system. You can continue to attend regular counseling sessions as you transition back into your daily routine, making the process much easier.

No matter what you do following your treatment, it’s important to keep in mind that you should never go about this battle alone. No matter how strong or capable you think you are, we all have our weak moments and need support to keep going.

There is a Stigma to Being Addicted to Suboxone

Perhaps the greatest hindrance to your quitting your dependence on (and abuse of) Suboxone is that you are afraid of the drug addict stigma that you will suffer for admitting that you have a problem. The good news is that the perception of society has changed gradually towards addiction. Society less frequently views these dependencies as moral failures nowadays.

Instead they are beginning to come up with a more real-world and compassionate approach to addiction. People are treating it more as a complicated disease that has to be properly addressed with proper modern medical treatment and care. This is why it is so important to eliminate these misconceptions and deal with the myths on addiction to Suboxone.

Admitting that you have a problem is the first (and often times the hardest) step. If you are ready to get assistance with quitting, we can help you. Call us today at 866-802-6848. Our highly trained and compassionate counselors are standing by to help you in your moment of need.

Article Reviewed by Jacklyn Steward

Jacklyn StewardJacklyn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and an EMDR trained trauma therapy specialist with over 6 years of experience in the field of addiction. She has a Masters Degree in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.