Suboxone contains buprenorphine and naloxone in combination. Naloxone blocks opioid medications’ effects, while buprenorphine remains an opioid narcotic. The purpose of using suboxone is to assist individuals with narcotic or opiate addictions to get off these drugs. Suboxone is not prescribed as a pain medication, however. Using suboxone slows a person’s breathing and can become as habit-forming as the drug the addict was originally used in the first place. For that reason, a person using suboxone to assist in the withdrawal from heroin or another opioid drug can’t take suboxone indefinitely. They’ll eventually need to withdraw from suboxone, as well as gradually. But, just like other opioids, suboxone shouldn’t be suddenly discontinued. A person needs to taper off the medication over time.
The decision to use suboxone to withdraw from opiate addiction can only be made between the individual and his or her treatment team. This medication works well to assist individuals in getting clean from opioid addiction. It is important to remember, however, that suboxone is not a medication to be used for the long term. Eventually, a person using the drug to get off opioids will need to get off suboxone, too. Suboxone withdrawal should not be attempted alone. A suboxone user needs to depend upon a qualified detox team and skilled, experienced professional help to safely and successfully get off this medication and get drug free.
Who Should Not Use Suboxone?
Suboxone should not be used by pregnant women, in conjunction with alcohol, or with any other medication that slows breathing. Combining these types of medications can cause death. A person using suboxone for drug withdrawal purposes needs to be very honest with their healthcare provider regarding the medications they use and the amount of alcohol and other drugs they consume routinely.
A person with the following health problems should not use suboxone or should discuss the risks with their health care provider. These risks include:
• Breathing problems.
• Lung disease.
• Prostate issues or problems urinating.
• Kidney or liver disease.
• Spine malformations that affect breathing.
• Diseases of the gallbladder, thyroid, or adrenal gland.
• Head injuries.
• Brain tumors.
• Alcohol addiction or being addicted to other drugs as well as opioids.
• Mental health issues.
Don’t suddenly stop using suboxone or withdrawal symptoms will result. Go off this medication with the assistance of a professional health care provider. Only take suboxone as instructed. Doing otherwise has caused death. A patient using suboxone should consider just the minimum dosage required to ease withdrawal symptoms, and no additional medication should be taken.
A person can greatly benefit from attending a rehab program while they detox and withdraw from the use of this drug. Suboxone withdrawal is a serious business, and individuals wishing to get this drug out of their system should seek assistance in this endeavor. Suboxone withdrawal can last for up to one month. Symptoms of suboxone withdrawal include:
• Extreme headaches.
• Muscle pain.
• Mental health issues like depression.
• Being irritable.
• Craving the drug.
• Fever, chills, sweating.
• Trouble concentrating.
Most of the physical symptoms of withdrawal from these medications are over after one month of being free from the drug. Psychological dependence may persist after this time, however. The first 72 hours of suboxone produces the most severe physical withdrawal symptoms. After the first week of detox, withdrawal symptoms tend to include physical aches and pains throughout the body. An individual may also experience changing emotions and insomnia.
Once the second week of being drug-free from suboxone comes around, the patient experiencing withdrawal will feel depression as his or her primary symptoms. By the fourth week of detoxing from this medication, people primarily experience mental withdrawal symptoms such as suboxone cravings and depression. During the entire process of withdrawing from this medication, the chances of relapsing are significant. For that reason, being in a treatment facility with people who understand the ins and outs of suboxone withdrawal remains a way to give the individual the best chance of getting off and staying off this drug for the long term.
How can Rehab Help Me Get Free From Suboxone Use?
Attending a rehab has helped countless people get off their drug of choice and live a full, satisfying life. At first, a person in drug rehab will go through the experience of drug withdrawal. For many, the initial phase of drug withdrawal takes about two weeks. For individuals withdrawing from suboxone, drug withdrawal can be expected to take one full month. Detoxing from this substance is dangerous and should not be undergone alone.
Our experienced and watchful staff will be there to assist individuals in detox and help them through the detox process. Individual and group counseling sessions are helping the next phase of drug rehab. During these counseling sessions, our patients learn more about yourself and begin to understand how opioids have negatively affected your life. Plus, one of the most critical parts of both group and individual counseling is that attendees learn refusal skills and various other skills that can help them stay off drugs permanently.
Toward the conclusion of a treatment program, clients are gradually brought to the place where they are ready to go live back in society again. Sober living houses and continued counseling allow people to get their feet back under them before they go back into the world. Counseling will be set up to keep the excellent work our clients have begun in their lives by getting sober. Family counseling provides a way for families to get together and rebuild their relationships. Meditation techniques assist in keeping the client calm in times of stress so they won’t return to drugs to soothe their anxiety.