Subutex Detox Centers
Subutex, a brand name for buprenorphine, is taken by placing a tablet under your tongue. It is primarily prescribed to treat opioid (also referred to as opiate or narcotic) addiction/dependence, although it may also be used in pain management.
Ideally, Subutex will prevent withdrawals and reduce cravings without getting you high and it has a ceiling, so increased use won’t increase the pleasant effects of the drug, thus creating a “high.”
Unfortunately, there is a pattern of people diverting the drug to use it recreationally or of people developing a tolerance that evolves into addiction. According to an article in The New York Times, Subutex can get you high.
Many users inject it, snort it, or take it with benzodiazepines, which increase its pleasurable effects but also increase the chances of overdose and death. Both Subutex and benzos are respiratory depressants and users who combine them and overdose can have their breathing slow to a stop.
There is a clever metaphor that is used to explain the catch-22 of treating addiction with a potentially addictive medication. Although, Subutex can create a bridge that connects current opioid users to complete sobriety, what happens if someone stops on the bridge? People with Subutex addiction have found themselves unable to break their connection with the bridge and they cannot continue to sobriety.
The first step that needs to be taken is the very first one off of the bridge; you need to stop using Subutex before you undergo treatment. But, opiates, even milder ones like Subutex, can cause uncomfortable withdrawals and trigger intense cravings.
Independent, cold turkey attempts at detox may result in failure. Attending a professional detox offers a wealth of benefits and generally results in better outcomes.
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What Is Detox?
Detox is the process by which you go from being acutely intoxicated (having Subutex and/or other drugs in your system and being high) to a drug-free state. This can be achieved in number of ways.
As Subutex is itself a detox medication, it is unlikely that you will be prescribed a specific detox medication. Although, you may be given other medications to help with individual symptoms.
You will encounter behavioral and cognitive techniques to assist you. These will help you to change negative opinions about ceasing to take Subutex and will help you to manage symptoms like insomnia and anxiety.
There will also be a support component. There is actually a method of detox that lies completely on peer support, and most programs use it as a component of treatment.
What Sort of Withdrawal Can I Expect?
Subutex is not a drug that you should immediately cease to take. The detox program you attend will likely taper you off of the medication to limit the severity of the withdrawals you experience. Common withdrawal symptoms are:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle and body aches
These will not all continue throughout your withdrawal period. Some will arrive in early stages and dissipate. Others will arrive in late stage and dissipate. And, some will linger for a considerable amount of time.
How Long Will I Be in Detox?
When you first enter detox, you will be given an assessment and it will determine how long you will receive detox. You will not remain in detox until all of your symptoms have disappeared, as psychological symptoms may continue for some time after you top using Subutex. Roughly, you can follow the following timeline for symptoms:
- 72 hours: peak physical symptoms
- 1 week: mood swings, insomnia, and aches and pains are dominant
- 2 weeks and onward: depression and cravings
You will likely still be depressed and dealing with cravings after a month, but treatment will last considerably less time. It is focused on dealing with the most acute physical symptoms.