How Dangerous Is Suboxone Abuse?
Medicinally, Suboxone treats opioid addiction. Usually administered in dissolvable tablets that are placed under a patient’s tongue, the medication allows the user to gradually step down the doses of his or her opiate medication. Patients become addicted to opiates, because they relieve pain by binding to receptors in the brain and spinal cord. Feelings of euphoria often accompany this pain relief causing the body to crave more frequent and higher doses of the drug. Suboxone works by binding more tightly to these receptors, thereby reducing the effect and addictive potential for the opiate medication.
The fact that Suboxone itself contains an opiate base and has a relatively high potential for abuse and addiction makes its use controversial. Many medical professionals feel that Suboxone use allows a patient to trade one opiate addiction for another.
The Danger of Use and Abuse of Suboxone
One factor that makes the use of Suboxone especially dangerous is the fact that it is primarily used in patients who are already addicted to a controlled substance. Additionally, the fact that the medication is prescribed by a medical professional during rehab can often create a deceptive aura of safety surrounding its use.
Like many other prescription medications that contain an opiate base, Suboxone use is associated with a high risk of tolerance and dependence. After continued doses, the body begins to build a tolerance to the drug, meaning that more frequent and higher doses of the drug will be required to produce the same level of effect. This often leads to dependence, a scenario in which a person begins to feel that he needs the drug to maintain normal daily function.
The use of Suboxone with other central nervous system depressants (like alcohol) can produce fatal respiratory depression. In this scenario, a person’s breathing will become slower, less frequent and ultimately non-existent.
The psychological strongholds present with Suboxone addiction can also be powerful. When a patient comes to terms with the fact that she or he now faces a new addiction that is the direct result of the decision to seek rehab, feelings of hopelessness and despair can push an individual even further into the world of addiction.
Suboxone Addiction Help
If you or someone you care about is suffering from a Suboxone addiction that is the result of opiate addiction treatment or recreational use, we can help. We are available 24 hours a day at a toll-free helpline to help you find quality treatment options near you. Rehab will always be worth more than it costs you, and in some cases we can work with your insurance company to provide you with assistance. Please call us today.