For many individuals suffering from an addiction to suboxone, there comes a point where not only their health, but their life it at risk due to their continued consumption of this powerful drug. They’ve developed such a strong and unhealthy physical and emotional dependence on the drug just to function normally, and know that their only option is to ender a treatment center that can help them detox from suboxone. However, they are often intimidated with what lies ahead, particularly in terms of what withdrawal symptoms might occur and if they’ll be able to resist cravings. For this reason, it is often necessary for those wanting to quit suboxone to enter an inpatient treatment center.
Patients who choose Malibu Beach Recovery Centers are given a support network of highly skilled and dedicated medical staff driven to provide the care necessary for a safe detox from suboxone. With every single client, we thoroughly assess their current situation; gathering critical information such as medical history and severity of addiction, before matching them with a personalized detox plan. This first step is critical during the road to recovery, and therefore plays a role in predicting long-term success.
Suboxone is a legal prescription medication that contains a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opiate analgesic that is most often prescribed in small doses to relieve moderate to severe pain. Naloxone is an opiate antagonist prescribed to eliminate the effects that opiates have on the body, and is often prescribed to help individuals overcome a narcotic addiction. Similar to how methadone works, it was believed that Suboxone would work to ease uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, and decrease the intensity of drug cravings in people suffering from an addiction to an opioid drug. Over time, the dose of Suboxone would be gradually decreased until a recovery patient is no longer addicted to their drug of choice. Uniquely, Suboxone does not come in pill form, and instead is produced as a sublingual strip that users place underneath their tongue. The medication will then dissolve on its own.
Impact of Suboxone Use
Unlike stimulants, which speed users up, Suboxone is a depressant drug that works by slowing the user down. This drug produces pleasurable feelings, including a pain relieving effect that is believed to be about 20 to 30 times more powerful than the drug morphine. A mild sense of euphoria has also been reported, which is able to last for up to eight hours. Further, Suboxone can produce a sense of overall calm and inflated sense of well being, increased relaxation, and a perception of decreased stress and worries in its users. This drug is categorized as a long-acting opioid because its side effects are able to last for a whopping 3 days. One benefit to this characteristic of the medication is that it lowers the risk of negative side effects, as they are less intense and more dispersed.
If too much Suboxone is consumed in one sitting, certain side effects are likely to come about. These symptoms include sleepiness, confusion, nausea, and even respiratory depression. Long-term abuse and misuse of this medication can negatively impact the body in a number of ways, bringing about dangerous side effects including gastrointestinal issues, decreased pain tolerance, disorientation, anxiety, and depression. Although there are cases of Suboxone helping people overcome an addiction to opiates, users are at risk for developing a new dependency on this drug.
The pleasurable feeling it produces drives drug-seeking behaviors, as users want to experience the pleasurable feelings over and over again. Over time, their body develops a tolerance for the medication, requiring increased amounts of suboxone to reach the same initial positive feelings. They will eventually become so dependent on the drug that they will not be able to function normally without out.
Who Can Become Addicted to Suboxone?
Many researchers have attempted to determine the average suboxone user, in order to build a profile of the groups most highly impacted by misuse of this medication. What is difficult about this drug is that addiction to it crosses many boundaries including ethnicity, gender, race, and age. People living in urban and rural environments, students, blue and white collar workers, and more, have all been known to suffer from Suboxone addictions.
There are certain risk factors that make some individuals more likely to develop an addiction to suboxone than others. For example, people who have a family member that has suffered from an addiction have a higher risk of developing an addiction themselves, as there is a genetic component to addiction. Additionally, people who have experienced neglect or abuse as a child at the hands of their parents or other individuals in their life make up a larger portion of the total group of individuals addicted to this medication. Further, individuals who have a mental illness are often driven to use drugs as a way to self-medicate and eradicate negative feelings.
Suboxone Detox At Malibu Beach Recovery Centers: What to Expect
Patients starting the detoxification process should do so only at a designated facility under the care of medical professionals. Detox from this medication can be particularly harsh, and at times even dangerous. Patients at Malibu Beach Recovery Centers are given the attention and care they need to ensure a stable, comfortable, and most importantly, safe detox. Clients are given around the clock attention and care and are continuously monitored for any complications that might arise during the detox process. Further, if appropriate, patients may be prescribed additional medication in order to lessen the impact of their withdrawal symptoms. We also offer a variety of therapies, such as group or individual, to help our clients through this difficult time. Patients will have the opportunity to explore what triggers then to use suboxone, and will develop ways to resist the urge to use.
Suboxone Withdrawal Symptoms
When someone has made the brave decision to begin the detoxification process from Suboxone, they should keep in mind that suddenly stopping the use of the medication can bring about very intense withdrawal symptoms that may make withdrawal a more challenging process than they anticipated. This specific drug has been known to push recovery patients into “precipitated withdrawal,” which means that unpleasant withdrawal symptoms can set in very quickly, if not immediately, after stopping use. For this reason, it is highly recommended that recovery patients gradually taper their Suboxone use over time as a way to ease the side effects of withdrawal. During detoxification, patients may experience side effects including constipation, diarrhea, jitteriness, irritability, insomnia, joint pain, and dilated pupils.
In most other cases, however, detox symptoms will usually set in about 48 hours after the last dose of the drug. Symptoms are likened to those of the flu, and can last for up to a week. Detox can also last weeks or even months, depending on how gradually an individual is weaned off of the drug.
Let’s Beat Suboxone Addiction Together
If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to the prescription medication Suboxone, please do not hesitate to contact us immediately. You do not have to go through the detox process alone, and instead should do so with the support of the highly trained staff at Malibu Beach Recovery Centers. We are standing by to take your call and begin the assessments of your current situation. Once you’ve contacted our facility, you can begin your journey to the sober life you deserve.