Suboxone is an opioid antagonist drug, developed to treat the addiction to drugs like OxyContin, heroin, Vicodin, morphine and fentanyl. It was approved in 2002 to treat opiate withdrawal and a mixture of buprenorphine and naloxone
What is Suboxone?
Buprenorphine is a synthetic opioid derivative and helps to satisfy the body’s cravings for opiates and treats the pain from withdrawal. Naloxone acts as an opioid antagonist and prevents users from feeling the euphoric effects from other opiates if they choose to ingest any while taking the drug. It has also been used independently for decades as an effective means to reverse overdoses from opiates.
Suboxone has proven to be a highly effective means to treat opioid addiction in the early stages of recovery and helps ease patients though the withdrawal process. In some cases, it is prescribed short-term, but many patients will take Suboxone as a long-term means to treat opioid addiction and just as with with other opiates, they become physically dependent on the drug and find it incredibly hard to get off of.
Symptoms of Suboxone Abuse
Signs of Suboxone abuse are similar to that other opiates, but also very different if the addict has been on the drug for a while. While it doesn’t produce as intense of a high as other opiates, it is commonly taken for nonmedical uses to keep addicts from going into withdrawal. Many addicts start using Suboxone are prescribed the drug to get off of other opiates and find it is still just as hard to quite, due to the painful withdrawal symptoms. Their behaviors may not be as shady, but the second they try to stop using the drug, they will feel the same type of symptoms as they did when they tried to get off off of OxyContin or heroin. If an addict is using Suboxone for a prolonged period of time, they are not likely to feeling any real euphoric effects from the drug and are still leaving themselves at a stronger risk of relapse, once they try to stop cold turkey.
Symptoms of Suboxone Withdrawal
Suboxone withdrawal is identical to that of other opiates and can be very psychologically and physically painful for patients. The patient will develop a physical dependence on the drug over time and the longer they are taking Suboxone, the harder it will be to get off of it. Some common symptoms of Suboxone withdrawal include:
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I’ve done Suboxone detox three times and every time I told myself that I was fine and needed to get on with my life. Then I would end up stressed and it seemed like out of nowhere somebody would offer me dope and I would do it.Morningside Alumni
Complete Sobriety is the True Answer
Many people are put on Suboxone maintenance programs to subdue their cravings for opiates and help ensure they don’t go back to using them again. The main problem with this method is that it is almost like putting on a band aid. It does cover up the wound for some time, but once you take it off, you’re left with the same pain as before and for many, this leads to a destructive cycle of going on and off of opiates over and over again.
Suboxone is sometimes prescribed as a short term solution to treat the withdrawal symptoms of opiate withdrawal but unfortunately, many choose to stay on it. No matter what, the addict will feel the pain of opiate withdrawal whenever they run out. The addict’s best chance at living a clean and healthy life is to refrain all mind-altering drugs completely.
How Do I Get Help?
Drug addiction affects over 20 million Americans and sadly, many of them will never receive the help they truly deserve. If you or a loved one are suffering from addiction and need help, your way to a new way of life and recovery is just a phone call away.
Morningside Recovery remains a leader in addiction treatment and offers various treatment options for patients struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. We provide 12 step-based and alternative treatment options, such as SMART Recovery. If you or someone you know are struggling and need help, give us a call anytime at 866-942-0095. Our treatment specialists are happy to help and will assist you in finding the right treatment option for you.