Doctors prescribe Suboxone in hopes their patients will kick their opiate addiction and ease symptoms of withdrawal. It almost sounds great, doesn’t it? Detox with no symptoms or lessened symptoms? It isn’t. To start, you are only trading one addiction for another and never addressing the root cause of your drug dependence. Suboxone treatment also means that you will be dedicating at least a year of your life to another drug—longer for those who become addicted to it.
Suboxone is still a highly addictive controlled substance. While invented to help patients through withdrawal, more and more doctors are prescribing their patients it for longer terms, often throughout the patient’s life. Suboxone was not intended for this, but that is what it has become.
Your doctor must write a script or issue it in their office. Patients also should be highly monitored and actively in therapy, but most doctors writing the scripts do not know or they do not care. The rebound and abuse rates are higher in patients who have used Suboxone or generic versions versus alternative methods and traditional therapy. The latter works better because those therapies do more than ease you through detox; they offer you the tools to live a life free from drugs.
Each pill contains a minor amount of opiates, buprenorphine, and naloxone that supposedly blocks the euphoric high. Usually the opiate amount is far less than you are used to taking.
One of the warning labels specifically says misuse can lead to abuse, addiction, and death. Unsurprising since patient’s bodies quickly become tolerant or they abuse it as a legal source of drugs.
Another interesting fact is that patients should not mix Suboxone with medications or herbal remedies used to treat depression or other mental illnesses, migraine headache, and a long list of everyday conditions most people face. Depression and anxiety sticks out the most, though, because it can be an issue for many addicts before, during, and after detox.
For women who are pregnant, your baby can be born addicted to it and subjected to life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. This also applies to methadone and other drug replacement therapies.
Suboxone Abuse is Rising
Look at the state of Kentucky and their fly-by-night pop up Suboxone clinics. These shops are taking over neighborhoods in many states. Drug seekers can walk right in as long as they have cash. Pills-for-cash type clinics peddling Suboxone are not the only problem. Suboxone and generic equivalent prescriptions jumped to 113,713 from 69,640 in a single year in Kentucky alone. This data also supports that this drug is more addictive than patients, doctors, and other medical caregivers believe.
How many of these patients are closely monitored and enrolled in proper therapy? How many receive the option of an alternative, non-addictive therapy? It is doubtful since Suboxone addiction is still on the rise nationwide.
Doctors writing these prescriptions do not understand they are prescribing and enabling their patients with an alternative addiction. These doctors can claim they control the prescription. They can say it is harder to abuse, but the majority of drug addicts will abuse anything they can get their hands around that produces a high.
Like Suboxone, Methadone abuse has been on the rise. Doctors often prescribe and give it out at clinics as an alternative for people with opiate addiction. Just as you see with Suboxone, it is still an addictive substance and the risk of developing a new addiction for addicts is always higher. There is also little to no monitoring involved, no additional counseling, or other therapies.
Methadone also has nasty side effects, some mimicking or worse than you will experience during your detox. The recommended length of use for methadone is at least one year. Most patients never come off it, and they have only successfully exchanged one addiction for another.
Alternative Drug Rehab Therapies for Detox
Detoxing is rough even for the toughest of patients. Your body and brain will fight you until the chemical and physical dependency is gone. That is how deeply ingrained drug addiction gets. It alters your brain chemistry and during detox, your brain is rapidly firing signals to your body to tell you it needs more drugs even when there is no medical need. There will be times where you might feel as if you’re about to die. However, the most extreme symptoms last no more than a week. Why would you want to trade a week of discomfort for a lifetime of addiction to another substance?
Alternatives to Drugs During Detox:
• Chiropractic care
• Biosound Therapy
• Cold laser therapy
• Amino acid replenishment
• Other holistic methods
Alternative medicine and holistic healthcare are on the rise, and it is suitable for detox and addiction patients because many of the benefits center around techniques you can continue to use once you’re home again. Most of all? You are not risking a relapse. You’re not risking your mental health. For pregnant women, you’re not risking your baby’s health.
You don’t need to replace your addiction with another. What you need is a safe place and doctors who will understand you and will not treat you like another number. You need the tools to overcome your addiction, the resources to discover how you became an addict, and the ability to detox without worrying about becoming addicted to another drug.
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