What is Suboxone and what does it treat?
Suboxone Withdrawal Symptoms One of the marketed brand names for Buprenorphine is Suboxone which is a narcotic drug used for the treatment of opiate or opioid addiction and dependency. It is a Buprenorphine-Naloxone compound mixed in a 4:1 ratio. It was only available in prescription form until recreational drug users found out about it. Now it is very popular in those circles and the DEA has included Suboxone as a primary drug threat in the US along with several other prescription medications that are illegally trafficked for recreational purposes.
officials and medical professionals also consider Suboxone addiction a serious public health threat even though it is most commonly prescribed for the treatment of opiate addiction to drugs such as codeine, heroin, and morphine. It is also prescribed to treat moderate pain for those
individuals who are non-opioid tolerant and who easily become dependent on synthetic opioid analgesics (painkillers). As a result of its recreational abuse, many addiction treatment and recovery centers now offer Suboxone rehab programs.
Even though an individual may be taking Suboxone as prescribed by their physician, they can still become dependent upon it because tolerances build up almost unnoticeably. The dependency becomes obvious when the individual cannot function throughout their day without taking the drug. Once this becomes apparent, the individual is a candidate for a Suboxone addiction treatment and recovery program. It should also be noted that a 1990’s Harvard study showed that the drug was a possible treatment for depression.
What makes Suboxone addictive?
One of the components of Suboxone is Buprenorphine. It is known as a “partial” opiate agonist and works just like other opiates do on the brain’s opiate receptors. Even though it is described as being a low-powered opiate, it is still an addictive substance. Because Suboxone contains
Buprenorphine, it is addictive just like all of the other opiates out there. In many cases, when an individual takes Suboxone to treat opiate and opioid addiction, they are merely replacing one dependency with a similar one.
Treating Suboxone addiction or dependency
If an individual has reached the point where they are unable to function throughout their day without Suboxone, then it is time to get the professional help of an addiction treatment and recovery center. There are typically three stages involved in the treatment and recovery process – detox and withdrawal, group and individual counseling, and the aftercare/support stages. Without a doubt, the detox and withdrawal stage is the most difficult and unpleasant stage to deal with yet it is also the most critical.
Suboxone contains the opioid Buprenorphine which, just like any other substance of its type will cause withdrawal symptoms whenever you abruptly stop taking the medication. Just like with any other opiate, Suboxone withdrawal symptoms can be extremely unpleasant and painful. Fortunately, they are less severe than what you would experience with opiate drugs like heroin
and morphine or synthetic opioids such as OxyContin and Vicodin. These withdrawal symptoms are also far less severe than those experienced with Methadone.
Many individuals who are entering an addiction treatment and recovery to undergo detox and recovery will ask when they will start to experience Suboxone withdrawal symptoms. The answer to
this is simple – once you stop taking the medication, which will happen when you enter the detox stage of the addiction treatment and recovery process. Although you will feel the effects of withdrawal immediately, it is a little more complex than that. There are different scenarios for
the discomfort you may experience.
The most common symptoms of withdrawal
Any time that an individual abruptly stops taking Suboxone, whether they have been taking it as prescribed or recreationally, this can result in some extremely unpleasant side effects. Should you be taking the drug as prescribed by a physician, never stop taking the drug without consulting with them first. Stopping the intake of Suboxone should never be done abruptly. It should be done in gradually decreasing doses until you are taking so little of the drug that you can safely stop with experiencing any kind of backlash and discomfort.
Withdrawal Symptoms – Headache
The following is a list of the most common Suboxone withdrawal symptoms that you could experience when undergo the detox stage of addiction treatment and recovery. You may only
experience a few of these or you may experience many of them:
constipation or diarrhea
dizziness and fainting
muscle spasms or twitching
nausea and vomiting
turning of the eyes
The bottom line is that Suboxone withdrawal symptoms are going to occur in some shape or form. This is why you should never attempt to detox on your own and always seek the help of an addiction treatment and recovery center. The staff members of these facilities are highly trained and experienced in dealing with detox and the withdrawal symptoms that many experience as they attempt to overcome their addiction to any substance.