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Treatment for Suboxone Abuse

When it comes to treatment for drug abuse or addiction, Suboxone can be a controversial subject. Suboxone is a drug that can be legally prescribed to help individuals detox from opiates, which can make it seem less potentially dangerous than it is. It’s important to understand that Suboxone abuse is very possible, as the drug does provide some of the euphoria associated with opioids, and people can become addicted to Suboxone.

You might think that because you are dealing with a drug that is prescribed to treat addictions that any dependency is a minor issue. However, dependency on any drug can be a serious and negative situation, and abuse of Suboxone can lead to a number of symptoms that are dangerous to your mental and physical health, not to mention your career, lifestyle and relationships. No matter how you arrived at Suboxone abuse, if you can't stop taking the drug once you're supposed to or you find yourself using the drug outside of a prescribed treatment plan, then you could be entering or involved in a cycle of addiction.

Addiction is not something most people can deal with on their own. It's not a bad habit that you can work on removing from your life through will power, and it's not typically something that you can beat back with extra amounts of positive thinking outside of treatment. 

Addiction is an illness, and there are people standing by now to help you understand all your treatment options so you can start a drug-free future. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day, every day, to take your call. Contact us today at (877) 392-3342 to speak to someone about your Suboxone concerns and treatment options.

Understanding Suboxone Addiction

One of the first steps in battling any addiction is understanding it. You can't treat a case of strep throat if you don't know you have it, and you can't appropriately deal with a Suboxone addiction unless you know what's going on, how your use of the medication might be triggered and what treatments are appropriate to your case.

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a prescription medication that contains ingredients known as buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is a medication used in the treatment of opioid addictions because it provides some of the same feelings that an opioid does, though not always at the same intensity. This lets medical providers help someone with an opioid dependency wean off of drug use without experiencing some of the uncomfortable and dangerous symptoms associated with withdrawal.

The second active ingredient in Suboxone, which is naloxone, helps reduce the chance that someone might abuse Suboxone by injecting it to get a high. The drug is designed to cause withdrawal symptoms if it's taken in any manner other than orally, which helps safeguard individuals who are struggling to make better decisions about drug use.

The ingredients in Suboxone are approved for use in both inpatient and outpatient environments, which makes it a versatile solution for treating certain addictions. Unlike treatment with methadone, which usually requires a very strict clinical environment, treatment with Suboxone can be customized to meet the needs of your personal situation.

Is Suboxone Addictive?

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Suboxone can cause physical dependence. While the FDA notes that physical dependence and addiction are not exactly the same thing, the inability to stop using Suboxone on your own – even if you've been prescribed it for legitimate use – can come with some of the same impact as an addiction. Someone who is already addicted to other drugs or is struggling with addiction or recovery can, in fact, become addicted to Suboxone.

If you are using Suboxone that hasn't been prescribed to you, or if you are using Suboxone above what has been prescribed to you, then you are likely abusing the drug. If you suffer from physical withdrawals when you don't take the drug regularly or if you are taking risky actions to obtain and maintain your use of the drug and you want to stop, call us today. Our compassionate team answers phone calls any time of the day, all year round, and you can reach someone at (877) 392-3342. Even if you aren't sure you are dealing with an addiction, call for a free, confidential consultation to find out more for peace of mind and the knowledge of what actions you can take today.

Side Effects of Suboxone Abuse and Withdrawal

Like any prescription drug, Suboxone does have potential side effects, and those effects can be magnified by abuse of the drug. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration notes that the potential side effects of the buprenorphine in Suboxone include:

  • Muscle cramps or aches
  • Sleep issues
  • Irritability or feelings of distress
  • Cravings for the drug or other substances
  • Digestive distress
  • Fever or chills

The symptoms of Suboxone withdrawal include all of the side effect symptoms as well as:

  • Headaches
  • Sweating
  • Numbness in the mouth or extremities
  • Constipation
  • Irregular heart beat
  • A decrease in the amount of sleep you get
  • Blurred or irregular vision
  • Fainting and dizziness
  • Lethargic behavior and fatigue
  • Problems with memory or concentration

The FDA notes that use of Suboxone outside of professional treatment, including overusing prescribed Suboxone, can be dangerous. Suboxone can lead to very serious respiratory problems, including extremely slow breathing that impacts your body's oxygen supply. The FDA also cautions people not to stop taking Suboxone cold turkey if they have been prescribed it because the withdrawal symptoms can be painful and even dangerous to health. The same is true if you have developed a physical dependency on the drug, as your body might now believe it needs the drug to survive. In such a case, one of the best routes to a healthy, long-term recovery from Suboxone addiction is via professional treatment.

Suboxone Treatment Options

A study original published via SAMHSA, and now available via the National Center for Biotechnology Information, makes it clear that treatment for Suboxone abuse needs to be a highly customized effort involving caring, observant medical and clinical providers. Those providers should work with you to determine what your goals are regarding treatment and to adjust plans appropriately during the course treatment. 

Some of the evidence-based services, therapies and programs we offer at our drug rehab include:

  • Medically-supervised detox
  • Inpatient treatment
  • Intensive outpatient treatment
  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) 
  • Individual therapy
  • Group meetings
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Relapse prevention
  • Family therapy
  • 12 step programs
  • Christian addiction counseling
  • Chronic pain management 
  • Court liaison services

It's important to realize that treatment for drug abuse and addiction is a long-term commitment. A good Suboxone treatment program includes a follow-up plan and referrals to aftercare programs that fit your needs and lifestyle.

How to Get Off Suboxone Starting Now

Suboxone addiction isn't something you can kick today. It's not a new habit you can form simply by committing to it before you fall asleep at night and rising early to get a head start on it the next day. Drug addiction is a legitimate illness, which means you should seek legitimate treatment. While recovery is a long-term proposition, there are actions you can take today to help support a successful Suboxone recovery in the near future.

One of those actions is simply making a phone call. Dial (877) 392-3342 to speak to a counselor about your Suboxone use or dependency. The call is free, and the consultation is held completely confidential. You'll find experience, education and compassion on the other end of the line as you speak to someone who can offer real options for seeking a drug-free future.

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