How Can I Quit Suboxone For Good?

Suboxone is only able to be prescribed by around 16,000 doctors in the entire United States. It’s not as dangerous as an opioid drug, but it is still a partial agonist, making it possible to become addicted.

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of buprenorphine-related visits to the emergency rooms in the U.S. quintupled. That just shows how serious Suboxone addiction can become if it’s left unchecked.

What Is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a prescription medication that is used to help treat opioid addiction. It combines two medications, buprenorphine, and naloxone, to help reduce the body’s cravings for opiate drugs.

Suboxone is an opioid partial agonist, which means it can relieve symptoms of withdrawal without the same side effects of an opiate drug.

Why Is Suboxone Used?

Suboxone is used to treat opioid addiction by switching patients to Suboxone. The drug substitutes for the other opiates, like heroin or Vicodin, which have more serious risks of side effects. Quitting opioids without tapering can lead to relapse, so using this drug is safer for patients. It reduces the side effects of withdrawal and curbs cravings, helping patients stay sober longer.

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Does it Have Side Effects?

Yes, it does. While it’s not a full dose of an opiate, it still has some opiate-based effects. It can cause:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Addiction
  • Tolerance
  • Dependency
  • Fainting
  • Stomach pain
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Rashes
  • Upset stomach
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Low energy
  • Difficulty breathing

Why Is It Addictive?

Suboxone is still an opioid, even though it’s only a partial agonist. It provides similar effects to opiates even though it does help reduce withdrawal.

It is addictive because it has buprenorphine as part of its makeup. Buprenorphine is a low-level opiate, but it still has the potential to be abused.

Using Suboxone over other kinds of opiate drugs is typically preferred because its benefits outweigh the risks of other more dangerous drugs. The potential for addiction is also lower for Suboxone than with other kinds of opioid drugs.

It is generally administered in a controlled setting, so it won’t be easily abused. Patients typically:

  • Given the medication each day at a medical facility while in inpatient or outpatient therapy. The drug itself is kept locked up, so patients can’t access it without the assistance of a doctor or nurse.
  • Get Suboxone from a pharmacy in a small quantity, so the patients never have more than they need.
  • Receive a prescription and have a third party monitor the drug supply in their own homes.

What Are Some Signs of Suboxone Addiction?

Suboxone addiction may appear suddenly, and like many other drug addictions, it has symptoms that are recognizable. Some include:

  • Drug-seeking behaviors
  • Lying about drug use
  • Stealing medications
  • Changes in behavior

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Can You Overdose From It?

While it’s very hard to overdose from it, it’s not completely unheard of. Combining it with other drugs or substances like benzodiazepines or alcohol can result in an overdose.

Some symptoms of an overdose include:

  • Struggling with a lack of coordination
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Slurred speech or slurring some works together in a garbled way
  • Intermittent losses of consciousness
  • Problems with your vision
  • Sluggish reflexes
  • Slow or unperceivable breathing

If any of these symptoms appear in yourself or to others who have taken Suboxone alone or with other medications, it’s important to seek out medical treatment immediately. 

How is Suboxone Addiction Treated?

Like with any opioid drug, Suboxone abuse has to be treated in stages. The first stage consists of detox, where you begin to rid your body of the drug. With Suboxone, you’ll slowly be tapered off the drug over a period of a few days or weeks, depending on your level of dependency.

Once you are completely withdrawn from it, it’s time to start rehabilitation. This part of the process includes steps like therapy and counseling, which help you explore why you became addicted to drugs and help you psychologically prepare to live without them. You’ll participate in courses like cognitive behavioral therapy or group therapy. You may choose to be an inpatient or outpatient, depending on your personal needs during rehab.

Once your rehabilitation period is over, you can join a peer support group or forum to stay connected to those who have also gone through similar challenges in their lives.

How Can I Get Help?

Suboxone can be helpful when you want to get off harsher opioids, but if you can’t seem to stop this drug, it’s time to seek out help. We can help you get the treatment you need. Call our helpful specialists to learn more about addiction by dialing 1-877-978-3125 or visit us online at www.coastaldetox.com.

Real Client Testimonials

  • Before coming to coastal I was hopeless, helpless, and my family wanted nothing to do with me. It wasn’t the first detox I’d ever been to, but it was the only one who showed me so much love and compassion. They gave me hope. It’s hard to put into words the amount of gratitude I have for this facility. The employees were my family when I had none. The staff went out of their way to make sure not only were my physical needs taken care of, but my emotional needs as well. From the first phone call prior to admission, to helping me set up continuing care, they never missed a beat. Even going as far as to help me with my legal issues via Zoom court. This isn’t just a detox, they are the family I never had. All of the techs, especially Karen, are phenomenal. They will take the time to listen to you, laugh, and cry(if needed) with you. If you are reading this and you or your loved one is suffering like I was, go to Coastal Detox. The level of care is more than I could ever put into a review. It wasn’t the first detox I’d been to, but it has been my last; I owe them everything I have today, including my life.

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    12/07/2020
  • Had a really good experience at Coastal. The staff really went above and beyond in helping me get in and gave me the respect l, space and care I needed after I first got there. As I started to fell better they encouraged me to take part in groups which helped get me out of my head and bring positivity and health to my thinking. They had a great massage therapist, who came daily and it was evident the nursing staff genuinely cared. Got to know some of the staff as well and I’m grateful for the cooks Joe and Chris. Those guys literally made us sirloins and pork chops for dinner. Also I gotta thank Chris and Chris for helping me get in and setting me up with a transition plan. Real grateful for that help, I’m not sure if it’s management intention to hire guys named Chris but they got a good thing going there. Overall, I’m clean and sober today and walking it out. Coastal gave me a base that set me up for the success that I’m walking in today

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    1/16/2020
  • My family is very thankful for Coastal Detox. They have went above and beyond for my son a few times. Unfortunately he has needed their help more than once and they have ever turned their back on him, even when he was at his worst. Jeannie and Chris have been amazing and kept me informed through the entire process. They truly care about the addict and want to help them especially when it would be easy to give up on them. I had many detox facilities be rude and uncaring to me when I was searching for help for my son, but Coastal never did that to us. I don't know the names of all the team members that have helped my son but I know their are many and y'all are angels!! One day we will be able to pay it forward and help someone as you have helped us. Thank you for all you do!!

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    1/01/2020
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
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    11/13/2019
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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