Suboxone treatment has become the preferred medication to treat opioid addiction. It has surpassed methadone in popularity as a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) drug. Suboxone doesn’t carry the same risk of danger for abuse and addiction as methadone.
Studies performed on the effectiveness of Suboxone show that the drug has a positive effect on the lives of people recovering from addiction. A 2014 study printed in the Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives looked at the effects of Suboxone on heroin users during hospitalization. Patients continued to receive maintenance treatment and counseling after discharge. Out of 220 total participants, 37 remained in treatment for over three months. Ten of the 37 never relapsed while hospitalization and emergency room visit rates for all 220 participants decreased by 45 (23%) after one year in comparison to the year prior to beginning treatment. The drug resulted in improving overall health, cognition, abstinence from heroin use, and quality of life.
Every type of addiction has unique effects on the user’s body and their life. Recovering from opioid addiction is especially challenging. This article will help you understand how Suboxone will help reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms. It also eliminates drug cravings, making relapse less likely.
Choosing a drug rehab program that is right for your needs helps ensure better results. A program that implements medically-assisted treatment is especially beneficial for those individuals suffering from opioid addiction.
Opioids are drugs that are used to treat pain. They are available as prescription and illicit drugs. They are highly addictive due to the way they affect the brain and the sense of wellbeing or euphoria that they produce. The opioid crisis in this country started in large due to the over-prescribing of opioid painkillers. During the early 1990s, pharmaceutical companies assured doctors that patients could not become addicted to opioid drugs. They responded by prescribing opioids for all types of painful conditions for both short-term and long-term use. From there, misuse and abuse have led to the development and availability of synthetic opioids that are much more dangerous.
Once experts realized the dangers of opioid abuse and addiction, the crisis was already in the making. The majority of people who get addicted to opioids begin with prescription drug abuse. Once the prescription runs out and they need more of the drug, they turn to other sources to purchase them illegally. When they buy opioids off the street or on the internet, they don’t know what they’re getting. Sometimes drugs being sold as heroin or cocaine might be “cut” with more potent drugs like fentanyl. Not only are these drugs more potent, but they also come with a much higher risk of addiction and overdose.
Repeated use of opioids leads to tolerance, meaning you must take more of the drug to achieve the same euphoric feeling. Once addicted, your potential for an overdose becomes much more likely. An overdose of opioids can cause cardiac or respiratory arrest.
Some of the common opioids today include:
Opioid withdrawal is often very uncomfortable and might present a broad range of symptoms. They might start within a couple of hours to twelve hours after stopping the drug. They might continue for a week, a month, or longer depending on several factors. Some of the common withdrawal symptoms include:
– Loss of energy
– Runny nose
– Teary eyes
– Abdominal cramps
– Hot and/or cold sweats
– Muscle aches and pain
Withdrawal doesn’t happen for a few hours and then stop. The first (acute) phase, which is the most intense, lasts between one and four weeks. During this period, you will experience primarily physical symptoms. The second (post-acute) phase can last for as long as two years. It is often marked by emotional symptoms that are less severe.
Suboxone treatment helps to alleviate the short-term and long-term symptoms of withdrawal. During the period after rehab when relapse is most likely, the drug completely eliminates cravings that can lead to drug use.
Many people with opioid addiction give their fear of withdrawal as the primary reason for not getting treatment. Suboxone helps reduce the withdrawal symptoms and makes them more comfortable throughout the process. With the availability of suboxone, there’s less to worry about and fewer reasons for not getting the help they need. It’s no wonder that Suboxone is now considered a “wonder drug” by many people involved in drug rehab.
Those of us who have never tried to buy opioids illegally don’t know how easily available they are. People can go online and order the drugs from halfway around the world. People who would have never attempted to buy illegal drugs previously lose control over their behavior because of their addiction which formed from an opioid prescription.
Some people start by “doctor shopping” to get multiple prescriptions from different providers. Others might know someone else who knows exactly where to look for illegal drugs. One of the biggest threats to stopping the opioid crisis in this country is the ease that people have in buying opioids online. Dangerous opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil come into the United States every day.
Although getting opioids has become as easy as ordering a new pair of shoes, ordering synthetic opioids online couldn’t be more dangerous. Suboxone treatment, as part of a comprehensive drug treatment program, offers a real solution without the pain and discomfort users typically experience. Getting treatment for opioid abuse at Satori Recovery Center is easy, and it offers a better outcome for you.
What Is Suboxone?
Suboxone is the brand name for a medication used to treat opioid addiction. It is a combination of buprenorphine (partial opioid agonist) and naloxone (pure opioid antagonist.) Buprenorphine, or Subutex, blocks the opiate receptors in the brain causing a reduction of their urges and cravings. It causes a mild form of the effects of the opioid and fools the brain into thinking its craving has been met. Since it doesn’t create the same high as the opioid, Suboxone treatment doesn’t produce the same risk of addiction.
Naloxone binds to opioid receptors in the brain to inhibit the binding of the opioid drug. The drugs work together to help reverse the side effects of opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers, including both those obtained through prescriptions or by illegal means.
How Does Suboxone Help Addiction Treatment?
Suboxone is used at the start of some treatment programs as well as in continuing treatment and recovery. Your doctor will create a personalized treatment plan for you. Like any supplemental drug addiction treatment, Suboxone is not a stand-alone treatment. Counseling and therapy are also used to address the psychological aspects of your addiction. You will learn the root cause of your drug use and addiction, as well as coping mechanisms that help prevent relapse.
Subutex is buprenorphine with no other ingredients added. As a partial opioid agonist, the single ingredient medication delivers reduced opioid doses to the patient who is already addicted to a stronger opioid. This partially triggers the opioid receptor cells so that the “highs” are quite low in comparison to those produced by the full opioid agonists. It aids in short-acting opioid dependence.
The Suboxone that contains both the buprenorphine and the naloxone does even more. The naloxone helps reverse the effects of opioids. Both of the ingredients in Suboxone work together to help you gradually wean yourself from your addiction while also minimizing the acute withdrawal symptoms they would normally experience during the detoxification process. This medication works in long-acting opioid dependence.
Detoxification is the initial stage of drug addiction treatment. You will experience withdrawal symptoms during the detox process. When the center uses Suboxone treatment, you will need to keep your follow-up appointments with the prescribing physician. Keeping your appointments will help ensure a successful recovery.
Both Suboxone and Subutex contain the same buprenorphine that helps people with opioid addiction. Both drugs interact with the same receptors in the brain. The difference is in the naloxone that Suboxone contains. Adding naloxone to the buprenorphine prevents misuse.
Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that is normally used to rapidly reverse opioid overdoses. It binds to opioid receptors, blocking the effects of the opioid drug. When someone’s breathing slows or stops due to an opioid overdose, the naloxone restores it.
Most physicians recommend Suboxone treatment over that of Subutex. However, if you are pregnant or have a documented allergy to naloxone, your doctor might recommend taking Subutex instead. Either drug will greatly reduce the severity of your withdrawal symptoms and help prevent you from having a relapse once your treatment is complete.
Avoiding Precipitated Withdrawal from Suboxone Treatment
It is important for your doctor to carefully consider when it’s safe to administer Suboxone. “Precipitated withdrawal” is the rapid and intense onset of withdrawal symptoms caused by administering a medication. Suboxone has a high binding strength to the opioid receptors. It kicks existing opioids off the receptors and replaces them. If the Suboxone replaces significant opioids from the receptors, the patient experiences the sudden loss of opioids and will experience strong withdrawal symptoms.
To avoid precipitated withdrawal, you must no longer be experiencing the effects of the opioid when the doctor administers Suboxone. Doctors use a scale to measure withdrawal symptoms. The point where patients reach the point of safe administration varies from person to person. Medical supervision by a doctor experienced in administering Suboxone is essential for a safe and effective treatment.
How Suboxone Is Administered
Suboxone treatment is administered as a film or in tablet form. Suboxone film goes under your tongue. The film gradually dissolves, and the medication is absorbed through the skin. Moistening your mouth before using the film helps it dissolve better. It’s important not to chew or swallow the film or talk while it’s in place.
Suboxone tablets are also sublingual, meaning they dissolve when placed under the tongue. Both the film and tablets produce similar results.
How Long Should You Be On Suboxone?
If you enter rehab for dependence on opioids like heroin or pain killers, your doctor might prescribe Suboxone. One advantage of Suboxone treatment in comparison to methadone treatment is that it doesn’t require a prescription from a specialized treatment center. Your doctor can prescribe the drug. Initially, you will receive Suboxone for withdrawal symptoms during the detox phase. Withdrawal symptoms from opioids are especially severe and potentially dangerous.
Suboxone is often given throughout various stages of treatment. Usually, you will continue taking the drug for a long time to promote opioid recovery. Research shows that people who take Suboxone for shorter periods usually end up returning to opioid use. Your doctor might prescribe it for six months, a year, or even longer. Once you’re ready to stop using the drug, the doctor will gradually reduce your dosage so you can taper off. Your doctor will continue to monitor your use of Suboxone and your progress throughout the length of your Suboxone treatment.
The Effects of Suboxone Treatment
Suboxone is a depressant that slows you down. Those who take it often experience pain relief and relaxation. You might have a feeling of calmness and overall well-being. You might feel as though you have fewer worries and lowered stress levels.
Side Effects of Suboxone Treatment
Although Suboxone treatment helps alleviate withdrawal symptoms, the drug does produce some side effects with use. Some of the most common side effects include:
- Numbness Around the Mouth
- Trouble Concentrating
Does Satori Recovery Center Offer Suboxone Treatment?
Satori Recovery Center recognizes the importance of offering individualized, comprehensive treatment options for optimal comfort and success. We offer Suboxone treatment during the detox stage and after the doctor’s evaluation as part of the drug treatment process.
Suboxone treatment offers drug rehab facilities a more effective and safe method of recovery than traditional methadone. Contact Satori Recovery to learn more about our opioid rehab program and get the best treatment option for your needs.