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Any detox program should be done under medical supervision. The withdrawal symptoms for any medication can in instances be overwhelming to the point of relapse. Therefore, to ensure success of freeing oneself from the addictive qualities of prescription medication, proper precautions should be taken to help stop Suboxone abuse.
To detox oneself off of Suboxone, the following instructions can be followed:
- Speak with a doctor. First and foremost, the individual and doctor need to create a detox plan that will work for them and is also safe and healthy. Detoxing from Suboxone should be done alone without a doctor’s recommendation.
- The patient should wait two weeks before cutting down the dose of Suboxone. Their body needs a chance to adjust to the dose you are currently taking. You should be tapering down no more than 5 mg every two weeks. The doctor can give instructions that will work best for their personal health and body size.
- Get a massage. Withdrawing from Suboxone can cause chills, muscle aches, restlessness and irritability. Curb these symptoms with a relaxing massage at least once a week while detoxing. The massages will help one relax and give them a reward to look forward to throughout the detox program.
- Take vitamins. Calcium, a multivitamin and vitamin C should be taken daily with a full glass of water each time. It is important to stay hydrated and full of vitamins, because Suboxone withdrawal causes extreme exhaustion and moodiness.
- Take a hot bath every day. A hot bath is a therapeutic yet inexpensive way to relax and reward oneself at the end of the day.
Other medical means can assist in the detox process for Suboxone. The ironic part about this particular drug is that it is usually administered in a detox process for those addicted to opiates like valium, oxycontin, percocet or even heroin. Once the withdrawal symptoms for those opioid related drugs have subsided, one must then be weaned off carefully from Suboxone. In these instances, typically a user is admitted into a treatment center, under careful medical supervision as these events are monitored. The Suboxone detox treatment can be performed in:
- A full service hospital under the strict supervision of one of our medical directors.
- During Suboxone detox using ANR or the Waismann MethodSM, the body’s opiate receptors are cleansed of opiates while the patient is anaesthetized and asleep.
- The goal is to rid the body of physical addiction: the patient literally sleeps through physical withdrawal.
- ANR eliminates the cravings that often accompany traditional opiate detox treatments.
One is followed every step of the way from admission to release, and are assisted in creating a plan for remaining opiate-free once they complete a Suboxone detox.
Rapid Anesthesia Suboxone Detox
The RDD MethodSM for Suboxone detoxification under anesthesia is a medical procedure that eliminates most of withdrawal symptoms. During the procedure the patient is given medication to relax and then put under light, general anesthesia for approximately 60 minutes. Following the procedure, recovery begins under direct medical supervision.
The patient’s vital signs and overall physical and mental reactions to these medications are closely monitored during the detox procedure. In the days that follow, the patient often sleeps more than usual. Administered by professionals as part of a long-term drug-addiction recovery strategy, The RDD MethodSM has been shown to be significantly more effective than other courses of Suboxone addiction treatment.
Naltrexone is an opiate blocking medication, (not to be confused with Suboxone/Subutex; Buprenorphine, which are opiates). The implant is recommended as part of the aftercare program for rapid anesthesia detox, as it helps to reduce cravings and prevents any feeling from an ingested opiate by blocking the uptake of an opiate drug on the opiate receptors. Once the anesthesia detox procedure is completed and the opiate receptors are clean, the small implant is then placed just under the skin in the lower abdomen while the patient is still under anesthesia. The Naltrexone medication that is constantly released from the implant has a very strong affinity to the opiate receptors and after detoxification, will attach to the now empty receptors to help with cravings and block all opiates at the receptor sites.
It is recommended that the dissolvable Naltrexone Implant rather than the pill form because it provides a precise and continuous dosage of the opiate blocking medication. If you were to use opiates while medicated with Naltrexone, you would not experience the effects of the drug. Naltrexone is non-addictive and does not cause withdrawal when you stop the medication. It is generally recommended that the Naltrexone Implant and/or the oral pill form of this medication to be continued for a full year to ensure long term sobriety which gives the patient the best chance for learning how to deal with life without opiates.
The implant can only be placed when a person has been detoxed under anesthesia and is ‘clean’ from all opiates. New patients wanting just the implant must detox ‘cold turkey’ on their own and have remained off of all opiates for 10-30 days, depending on the specific opiate use. These patients are very few because most cannot endure the suffering of a ‘cold turkey’ detox and find it hard to stay ‘clean’ for the required time.
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