Suboxone Addiction Detox
Suboxone Addiction Detox
What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a type of medication that was developed to help people who are struggling with an addiction to opioids, also known as opioid use disorder (OUD). Opioid dependence means that someone is addicted to heroin, Fentanyl, or prescription pain killers (Oxycontin, Vicodin, Dilaudid, etc.). People who are addicted to Suboxone also struggle with the same kind of Opioid Use Disorder, because the active ingridient in Suboxone, buprenorphine, is an opioid in itself. However, Suboxone is an effective medication that has tremendous success in helping men and women get off their drug of choice if used as directed under strict medical supervision.
Suboxone is formulated with buprenorphine and naloxone. The combined effects of these two ingredients minimize and reverse opioid withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings for opioid-based drugs. Millions of people have ended their addiction to heroin or other potent opiates because of taking Suboxone. However, many people also become addicted to Suboxone, unable to stop taking the drug on their own.
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In the United States, the DEA classifies Suboxone as a Schedule III controlled substance, because it does have a risk for abuse and addiction. Doctors who prescribe Suboxone for OUD must be certified by the Department of Health and Human Services to distribute the drug legally. Suboxone is available in tablets and dissolvable oral films. The doses that Suboxone is available in include: 2 mg buprenorphine / 0.5 mg naloxone. 4 mg buprenorphine / 1 mg naloxone. 8 mg buprenorphine / 2 mg naloxone. Most persons who are abusing Suboxone prefer the strongest dose or 8 mg.
Why is Suboxone Addictive?
For many individuals, Suboxone is a lifesaver. It got them through opioid withdrawal and allowed them to remain clean from heroin or other potent opiates. However, the reason Suboxone can cause addiction is because it acts similar to an opioid such as heroin by attaching to the same opioid receptors in the brain. If people want to get high on Suboxone, they can achieve this by abusing the drug. For people who use Suboxone with no history of an opioid use disorder, this medication will get them high and can cause addiction. For people who are recovering from Opioid Use Disorder, this medication will not necessarily get them high the same way as other opiates, but it’s still very addictive. Suboxone dependence can also lead a person to switch over to using heroin or other opiates to achieve euphoria.
Addiction to Suboxone in time will also cause Suboxone detox symptoms which are similar to opioid withdrawal symptoms. Addiction researchers published an article with the National Center for Biotechnology Information that goes over Suboxone use. They highlight why Suboxone is considered a safer partial opioid agonist for people who are diagnosed with opioid dependence, to help them end their addiction. However, for those who are not already addicted to opiates, Suboxone will get them high.
As a mu-opioid partial agonist, buprenorphine does not exert the same degree of intrinsic activity as a full mu-opioid agonist, such as methadone, heroin, or oxycodone. (However)This partial agonist profile has led some to suggest that buprenorphine would have reduced abuse liability compared to full mu agonists. Still, it must be recognized that buprenorphine can produce acute effects equivalent to a 60-mg dose of methadone and, thus, in individuals without physical dependence, buprenorphine is appealing for misuse and diversion. (NCBI)
Since Suboxone must be prescribed by a medical doctor, using it to get high will be hard to maintain. Suboxone is considered a controlled substance, and therefore if someone is caught with it without a prescription, they will face felony charges. Most people who are addicted to Suboxone are either doctor shopping (seeing more than one doctor for Suboxone), or buying it illegally form friends or dealers on the street. Illegal Suboxone is expensive to buy. Suboxone pills and sublingual sheets go for 25 to 40 dollars a pill or dose.
Suboxone Addiction and Withdrawal symptoms
To determine if you or a loved one is addicted to Suboxone, one clear indication of an addiction is the presence of withdrawal symptoms. Because Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist, which means it does affect the brain like other opiates just not as intensely, the withdrawal symptoms will mirror other opioid withdrawal symptoms. Most common Suboxone withdrawal symptoms will often include:
Evoke Florida Suboxone Detox Program
Our Florida suboxone detox program is overseen by doctors and psychiatrists who specialize in Suboxone detoxification and addiction. The protocols for helping a person detox from Suboxone are often to reduce the amount of Suboxone slowly over time. Depending on the individual’s history of addiction to Suboxone, this time frame may take several weeks or even months. A rapid detox is also possible with the proper medication, supervision, and clinical support.
One of the goals of Suboxone detox is to help the person learn how to cope with life without substances. For Suboxone, since it is often used as a long-term medication for Opioid Use Disorder, as well as to minimize opioid withdrawal symptoms, Suboxone addiction will require professional treatment and support from experts who have experience in helping people overcome their addiction to buprenorphine.
Our Florida Suboxone detox program relies on advanced detox and treatment methods to help men and women end their addiction to Suboxone for good. A solid plan of recovery from Suboxone addiction means being admitted into our buprenorphine detox center then crosings over into one of our addiction recovery programs specifically for opioid dependent individuals. Evoke Florida relies on evidence-based forms of psychotherapy, one-on-one counseling, and group therapy to help our clients learn how to remain opiate and drug-free while attaining long-lasting peace of mind.