Suboxone Detox Centers
Suboxone is the brand name of buprenorphine, a medication used to treat patients with opioid dependence and addiction. Ironically, if used recreationally or non-medically, Suboxone can create an addiction all its own. If you have found yourself dependent upon or addicted to Suboxone, there are options available to assist you into and through recovery.
Addiction to Suboxone
In many ways, the likelihood of developing a Suboxone addiction is low. The addictive nature of a substance generally has to do with its speed of onset, level of reinforcement, and the duration of its action. So, for example, a drug like heroin acts quickly, provides a strong euphoria, and has a short duration. It enters the system quickly, flood it with pleasure and exits swiftly, causing a user to want to use it again, thus building a pattern of use.
Suboxone has a slow onset, causes a mild effect, and is long-lasting. But, nonetheless, it can result in physical dependence.
According to data published in the New York Times:
- In 2012, forensic laboratories recorded 10,804 buprenorphine drug seizures This is an eightfold from 2006.
- In 2011, There were roughly 21,483 emergency room visits for the nonmedical use of buprenorphine. This is a fivefold increase from 2006.
- In in 2011, 3,625 cases of toxic buprenorphine exposure were recorded by poison centers. This is roughly a fivefold increase from the previous year.
The bulk of prescription drug problems may be linked to Xanax and oxycodone and hydrocodone, but Suboxone prescription seems to be leading to diversion and a growing problem.
If you have developed a dependence upon or addiction to Suboxone, you will need to undergo a period of detoxification. To find a professional, qualified detoxification program, call 800-315-1376 (Who Answers?). Our advisors have the expertise to answer all of your questions and to direct you to facilities that will meet your needs and offer you both the care and the support that you deserve. Don’t wait to call. Someone is available 24/7.
When you are regularly using Suboxone, you will develop a tolerance to it. Because of that, using the same amounts will fail to create the effects you have grown used to. So, you will increase the frequency with which you use or the amount that you use or both. This process leads your brain and body to depend upon Suboxone to function normally. If you stop using, then your body responds to the absence of Suboxone by triggering withdrawal symptoms.
The primary goals of detox are to lead you through the difficulty of withdrawal with minimal discomfort and to prepare you for continuing treatment. Therefore, you should learn about withdrawal to know what detox will help you with.
Suboxone withdrawal follows a specific timeline. The withdrawal should occur between 10 and 20 hours after stopping your Suboxone use and develop as follows:
- 72 hours: During this time, physical symptoms will be at their peak.
- 1 week: You will still be experiencing mood swings, insomnia, and muscular aches and pains.
- 2 weeks: The primary symptoms will be depression and cravings.
- 1 month: Cravings and depression may continue for this long.
You will continue to experience psychological symptoms long after the physical ones have subsided, as shown above. Because cravings last for so long, people recovering from Suboxone use can’t take their sobriety for granted because cravings will sneak up on you.
General symptoms of Suboxone withdrawal include:
- Trouble concentrating
- Chills and/or fever
- Irritability, anxiety, and depression
- Insomnia and/or general drowsiness
- Body aches and pains
- Nausea and vomiting
How Detox Will Help
As Suboxone is itself a treatment for opioid addiction and withdrawal, it may seem like continuing the cycle of medicating the problem is unwise and you would be right in some ways. There is no specific medication approved for the treatment of Suboxone addiction. However, you may be given small doses of medication for secondary symptoms. For example, insomnia may be treated with Benadryl, or a headache may be treated with acetaminophen.
The treatment will primarily be completed without the use of medication and the focus will be on a comprehensive treatment plan individualized to your needs, meaning any discomfort will be reduced or alleviated; you will get education to help you cope; peer support will be present; you may experience alternative therapies (like yoga or meditation); and you will be present with long-term aftercare and therapeutic follow-up.
To take advantage of the benefits offered by a Suboxone treatment facility, call 800-315-1376 (Who Answers?). Someone is waiting specifically to help you.