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Safe Suboxone Withdrawal and Detox

It's an unfortunate truth that some of the same tools used to treat addiction can become addicting themselves, and this is true for Suboxone. Suboxone is a medication used to help address the severe withdrawals associated with stopping the use of opioids such as pain killers and heroin. Outside of a well-structured treatment environment, individuals who are already prone to addiction can become physically dependent on Suboxone, which leads to a need for outside assistance when detoxing.

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. 

Call us today for more information about safely detoxing from Suboxone. Our counselors can be reached anytime at (877) 392-3342, and consultations are kept confidential and are free.

What is Suboxone Detox?

Successful Suboxone detox involves inpatient treatment in a professional, caring environment staffed by both medical and mental health staff. Medical staff oversee the detox process to ensure you are medically-stable and comfortable while coming off of Suboxone. Medical supervision is important for safety because withdrawal symptoms can include fever, headache, digestive distress and other physical ailments. Medical staff are able to immediately address such symptoms to make detox more comfortable.

An important aspect of inpatient treatment is comprehensive attention to all your physical, chemical dependency and mental health needs. While the medical aspects of detox often concentrate on physical, emotional and mental withdrawal symptoms, counseling and education is also critical to long-term success, especially once you leave our facility. Individual and group therapy helps you address risks or triggers for drug use and understand and practice healthy coping skills. 

Our admissions counselors can offer some information about various treatment options and help you understand which will be best for you. Call them now at (877) 392-3342 for a free, confidential consultation regarding Suboxone detox.

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.

Signs of Suboxone Withdrawal

Regardless of why you began taking Suboxone, you might think you can stop taking it on your own. Physical symptoms of Suboxone withdrawal can last for months and are often both painful and very inconvenient. This is why most people have little success staying off the drug long-term when they try to detox on their own. 

Some common physical side effects of Suboxone withdrawal include:

  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Muscle aches
  • Headaches
  • Fevers and chills
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive discomfort or acute distress
  • Sweating

All of these symptoms could interfere with your ability to work productively or interact with others, and you could also experience emotional and mental Suboxone side effects and withdrawal symptoms. They can include:

  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Lethargy or fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty concentrating

On top of all those symptoms, you will also likely crave Suboxone or other drugs even a month or more after you believe you are fully detoxed. 

The severity and duration of Suboxone withdrawal symptoms depends on your body, how long you have been physically dependent on the drug and how much of the drug you have been taking. For many people, the only effective way to detox safely from Suboxone without dealing with debilitating withdrawal symptoms is in a professional environment.

Suboxone Withdrawal Symptom Timeline

Even knowing the side effects, you might think you can grin and bear your way through Suboxone detox on your own because the symptoms will only last a few days. While the symptoms are often the worst in the first few days, they can go on for months, especially if you don't detox in a safe, healthy manner.

During the first few days, the physical symptoms are usually at their worst, and they can be debilitating. Because people who are trying to detox on their own might not want to admit their drug dependency to others, they often try to detox while maintaining work, family and social lifestyles. This leads to a very real struggle, because it's hard to deal with issues such as severe nausea, digestive pain or headaches while acting like nothing is wrong. The result is that people turn to Suboxone for temporary relief and end up reentering the dependency cycle.

Even after the first few days, mood swings and bodily pain can be a problem during the first week or two. After a week or two of dealing with such issues, individuals can begin to feel both discouraged and depressed. Outside of a professional treatment environment, these feelings often lead to repeated drug use.

While this overview of the Suboxone withdrawal timeline might paint a bleak picture, there is good news. You don't have to hide your struggle from everyone. You can reach out to caring professionals anytime – any day – to share your struggle and find out how to reduce the impact of withdrawal and seek successful recovery.

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.

Professional Suboxone Detox and Treatment

Professional Suboxone detox facilities and treatment plans are designed with all of these issues in mind. Our treatment team will work with you not only to minimize the pain and other uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, but to build a foundation for successful life in recovery. Depending on your situation and your needs, our programs and services include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group meetings
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Relapse prevention
  • Family therapy
  • 12 step programs
  • Christian addiction counseling
  • Chronic pain management 
  • Court liaison services

The goal of professional detox should never just be to treat the immediate physical dependency on Suboxone. By working with others, you can learn what factors might have contributed to the dependency and how you can reduce those risks in healthy ways. Education on diet, exercise and nutrition, coping skills and stress relief, and the ongoing drug-recovery process are all critical components of success.

Don't face a Suboxone detox alone, and don't talk yourself into the lie that you have no choice but to keep taking the drug. You always have a choice, and our compassionate counselors are available right now – anytime of day, even on holidays – to talk to you online or on the phone about those choices. 

Call toll-free at (877) 392-3342 to talk to someone about your desire to live Suboxone free. All calls are confidential and consultations are free.

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