Suboxone Tolerance and Abuse
Suboxone is a prescription medication used to treat opiate addiction. Buprenorphine, the active ingredient in Suboxone, works by reducing the cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with opiate drugs such as OxyContin, Vicodin and heroin. Suboxone is prescribed to treat addiction, but it does have the potential to cause addiction. The use of central nervous system drugs in combination with Suboxone can cause respiratory depression and even death.
Developing a Suboxone Tolerance
You can develop a tolerance to Suboxone. This means that your body requires more of the drug than the original dose to achieve the same effect. This can lead to dependency and addiction. Tolerance to Suboxone can be dangerous. As the dose steadily increases, there is a higher chance for overdose. If overdose does occur, seeking immediate medical attention is necessary. Severe overdose symptoms for Suboxone addiction include the following:
- Extreme weakness
- Loss of consciousness
- Respiratory depression
How Suboxone Addiction Develops
Even though Suboxone is designed to prevent misuse, it can still be abused as a way to get high. Some people have been known to use Suboxone alongside other illicit drugs in order to increase the effects. This can be very dangerous, and can cause extreme sedation, unconsciousness, and death. Addiction to Suboxone is possible, and real. If you feel that you are addicted to Suboxone, ask yourself these questions in order to confirm your suspicions. If you answer “yes” to any of the following, it is important to seek treatment:
- Do you ever find yourself using Suboxone for any other reason than for medical purposes?
- When you use, do you use with any other drugs?
- Do you use Suboxone more than once a week?
- Do you have a history of abusing drugs?
- Have you tried to quit but find that your attempts have been unsuccessful?
- Does your Suboxone use cause feelings of guilt?
- Has your Suboxone use hindered relationships?
- Do any of your loved ones ever complain about your Suboxone use?
- Have you ever been in trouble with the law or your place of work due to your use of Suboxone?
- Do you experience any withdrawal symptoms when you stop using?
- Have you ever had any medical problems because of your Suboxone use?
- Have you ever entered any treatment programs for your drug use in the past?
Suboxone Addiction Treatment
If you are suffering from Suboxone addiction please call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline today. Treatment for Suboxone addiction is available. The call is completely free, and a counselor is waiting on the other line to assist you with any of your treatment questions. We can even check your insurance coverage to see what can be paid for you. Treatment is your best option. Call today.