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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.

In a professional setting, staff can help you detox from Suboxone in a way that reduces physical symptoms, which can be very uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous. Alleviating Suboxone withdrawal symptoms makes it more likely that you are able to stop using the drug and maintain a clean and sober lifestyle. 

Suboxone Use for Addiction Treatment

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Suboxone is approved by the Food and Drug Administration to be used in treatment for opioid addiction. One of the active ingredients in Suboxone is called buprenorphine. It causes similar reactions in the body that opioids such as heroin or prescription pain meds are known for, though the euphoria associated with Suboxone is weaker than with some other drugs.

Within a controlled environment, Suboxone can be used to dial back opiate use without some of the more severe symptoms of withdrawal. Suboxone also creates unpleasant withdrawal-type symptoms should a person attempt to inject it for abuse purposes rather than swallow it orally.

In clinical trial data published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Suboxone resulted in 17.8 percent of participants who took the drug as part of opioid treatment testing opiate-free after a period of recovery. That's compared with only a 5.8 percent success rate with a placebo. However, SAMHSA does point out that Suboxone treatment alone isn't effective and should be combined with counseling and other methods because Suboxone itself can be addicting. 

An important factor in Suboxone treatment or Suboxone detox is the carefully planned and medically controlled reduction of the drug over time. Slowly removing Suboxone from the system lets the body get used to not having it, reducing withdrawal issues and any further complications.

Complicating factors of treatment for or involving Suboxone

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that, even when taking Suboxone as part of a prescription medication regimen, mixing it with other substances can lead to an overdose or death. The FDA advises not to mix Suboxone with antidepressants, sedatives, alcohol or benzodiazepines for this reason.

The dangers of mixing Suboxone with other medications or substances make it even more important to work with professionals during detox periods. This becomes especially true if you begin to deal with symptoms of depression, because you might be tempted to treat those symptoms by taking sedatives or drinking alcohol. Once judgement is impaired by those substances, you are at greater risk for a Suboxone relapse, which is dangerous both to your sobriety and your physical health.

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:

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 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. Call (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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