The Ways Suboxone Can Help With Your Heroin Addiction

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How Suboxone Works

Suboxone is a medication created for the treatment of opioid addiction. Suboxone is a combination of two different substances, buprenorphine and naloxone. Naloxone will block any high you receive when using heroin and buprenorphine is a medication used for opioids. Suboxone will make your withdrawal more comfortable because your symptoms will be mitigated. The chances of you relapsing are greatly reduced due to the ability of the naloxone to block your high. The buprenorphine binds to your opioid receptors in a similar fashion as heroin but it will not provide the same high as opioids. This is the reason buprenorphine is considered an opioid agonist. Although it creates some of the same effects as heroin, it does not deliver the fullest effect.

Suboxone and heroin have similar side effects. The side effects of Suboxone can include constipation, vomiting and nausea. The reason so many physicians recommend Suboxone for heroin addiction is because the most deadly side effects have been eliminated. It is important you understand when you use Suboxone to get off of heroin, you must be monitored carefully. This is because you can form an addiction for Suboxone even though it will not erase any cravings you have for heroin. Your doctor will evaluate your specific case, weigh the benefits and possible interactions prior to deciding if Suboxone is the best possible treatment for your circumstances. Suboxone is an important component in a recovery treatment program. It is important you also receive behavioral therapy and counseling.

Suboxone is a type of heroin treatment classified as medication-assisted. One of the benefits of Suboxone in comparison to methadone is Suboxone can be prescribed in a physician’s office and methadone must be given in a specifically designated clinics. This makes methadone a riskier treatment because the availability is much more limited. Suboxone is more easily available as a treatment for both opioid and heroin addictions. If your doctor is considering prescribing Suboxone or if you are interested in the potential benefits, it is important you understand the potential interactions. You need to talk to your doctor about the dangers of taking Valium or Xanax with Suboxone because it can lead to unconsciousness, impairment, death or respitory failure.

The Specifics Of Heroin Addiction

If you are addicted to heroin, your world may be falling apart. You may be frightened, have no idea where to turn and be afraid you will be unable to overcome your addiction. To begin with, you must understand exactly what heroin is and what it is doing to your body. Heroin is an opioid often found on the black market and it is illegal. What you have bought on the streets has probably been cut using different ingredients that may be deadly by themselves. The purity of heroin varies but it all works on your central nervous system and brain similar to narcotic painkillers. The heroin attaches to the opioid receptors in your central nervous system and brain.

This floods your brain with a lot of dopamine. This is why you feel the euphoric high when you use heroin. Once your high wears off you most likely feel tired because the heroin has depressed your central nervous system. The consistent exposure of your brain to the dopamine is what causes your addiction to heroin. It is extremely easy to become addicted to heroin and become physically dependent. If you stopped using heroin you would have withdrawal symptoms. This may be the part of the recovery process that scares you but it is made easier with Suboxone.

The Benefits of Suboxone for Heroin Addiction

The latest research indicated only approximately ten percent of everyone suffering from either opioid dependence or heroin addiction are receiving treatment. You may be afraid to come forward and seek treatment but it is critical you realize there are people who understand what you are experiencing and honestly want to help. If you do not have access to a wide variety of treatment options for any reason, Suboxone may be the answer. When it has been used as a treatment for heroin addiction, it has proven to be effective. There have been numerous studies and research conducted regarding the effects of Suboxone.

The benefits of Suboxone include lowering the potential for abuse, much easier accessibility and a high rate of success for treating dependencies on opiates and heroin. If you use it properly, the symptoms of your heroin withdrawal will be relieved because the Suboxone will partially fill your brain’s opioid receptors. This will help you transition off heroin and into treatment more easily and effectively because you will not have to suffer through the painful symptoms of withdrawal due to your dependence on heroin. The chances are good you will be prescribed a drug called Subutex during your withdrawal prior to being transitioned to Suboxone.

The only difference between Suboxone and Subutex is the drug called naloxone. This drug is what will discourage you from using heroin in the future. If you try to use any opioids or heroin while you are taking Suboxone, the drugs will be blocked from the receptors in your brain by the Suboxone. This will prevent you from feeling the high you have most likely come to expect from these types of drugs. This is a type of positive reinforcement since using heroin will no longer provide you with the sensation that caused you to become addicted in the first place. Any withdrawal during detox will be stopped by the Suboxone. This provides you with a way to break your addiction to heroin and take back you life.

Please remember you are not alone and there are people who want to give you the help you need. There are counselors available for you 24 hours every single day. Don’t wait any longer. Call 866-802-6848 now to take the first step towards breaking your addiction.

Content 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.