SUBOXONE WITHDRAWAL, SUBOXONE DETOX AND MEDICATION ASSISTED TREATMENT
While Suboxone is an effective medication to treat addiction to opiates, coming off of Suboxone is not easy due to Suboxone withdrawal symptoms, accentuated by anxiety associated with potential for relapse when Suboxone use is stopped. Consequently, when the individual being treated with Suboxone is confident of his/her recovery and wishes to come off of Suboxone, it is not easy. A Suboxone detox is needed not only to address Suboxone withdrawal effects, but also to effectively address mental health issues that surface. This article will shed some light on the challenges.
So, What Is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a branded formulation of buprenorphine and is used to treat addiction to opiates. It addresses opiate withdrawal symptoms and cravings. It contains a small amount of naloxone, in addition to buprenorphine, that works to prevent overdose in the event that the individual using Suboxone as medication assisted treatment relapses on opiates.
Suboxone or buprenorphine in its pure form are the first line medication used during the detoxification phase from opiates. Utilizing medication, in conjunction with therapy, is known as medication assisted treatment, or MAT. After detoxification has been completed, it is also used in the stabilization and maintenance treatment phases of as it addresses cravings for opiates effectively and helps prevent relapse.
As per the National Institutes for Health, Suboxone, in combination with therapy improves outcomes significantly for individuals addicted to opiates. The only word of caution here is that after a period of use, there may be some slight physical dependence on the medication and Suboxone detox may be needed in order to come off of the medication.
Due to the presence of naloxone, Suboxone cannot be abused. No matter how the user tries to ingest it, it simply won’t give the person abusing it the desired high. Buprenorphine, in its pure form, however, can be easily abused by injecting it. After being on medication assisted treatment, or MAT, utilizing Suboxone for a while, many individuals want to come off of Suboxone as they now feel confident that they have solidified their recovery to a point where they do not need the help of any medications to lead a drug-free life.
If an individual stops the use of Suboxone cold turkey there may be some physical withdrawal, but the psychological symptoms may be more acute. So a Suboxone Detox is needed. Consequently, it is advisable to come off of Suboxone at a Suboxone Detox facility that specializes in detox so that all symptoms can be addressed effectively and the attempt to come off of Suboxone ends in a positive note.
Symptoms of Suboxone Withdrawal
- Depression and irritability
- Nausea and vomiting
- Chills, Fever, headaches and muscle aches
- Drug cravings, chills, and sweating
- Anxiety and concentration problems
- Digestive distress
Just like any other treatment process, the physical symptoms of Suboxone withdrawal are more evident within the first one or two weeks. However, after a month, the physical effects start fading away, but the mental health issues, for example, depression, may last longer.
It is important that those in recovery continue seeing their doctors and/or therapists and continue attending self-help groups such as AA or NA
regularly. Without Suboxone to keep cravings at bay, it could lead to relapse, and relapse would be more dangerous at this point, as tolerance for opiates has dropped significantly due to a period of abstinence, and could lead to overdose.
The fear of relapsing on opiates due to abstinence from Suboxone is anxiety-provoking. That is the primary reason for seeking Suboxone detox at an addiction treatment facility. The staff at CNT is very experienced in administering a Suboxone taper by effectively managing the physical and psychological aspects of stopping Suboxone use.
An outpatient Suboxone detox program delivers far better results relative to an inpatient detox, as it allows the individual coming off of Suboxone to be in touch with their real living environment in order to gauge their ability to stay sober after the Suboxone taper is concluded.
Suboxone treatment – Getting out of the Addiction without Medication
Suboxone detox involves a team of professionals, including a psychiatrist who can simultaneously address the medication and mental health aspects. A thorough psycho-social evaluation is done to understand the unique situation the patient is in and medications are tailored to individual needs, ensuring the most effective outcome.
The Center for Network Therapy (CNT) is arguably the country’s most trusted facility for outpatient detoxification and withdrawal management. Along with a customized Suboxone taper, intense therapy and administration of other supportive (non-addictive) medications is provided to address psychological symptoms.
For more details about our treatments, please contact us right away at 732 560 1080 or go to RecoveryCNT.com.
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