Often, suboxone addictions happen accidentally by patients unknowingly abusing their prescribed medication. When used for a prolonged amount of time, the body becomes used to the amount of drugs administered. When this happens, the user has to take more to receive the initial effects. This is a dangerous thing to do because when a user does not take the medication, withdrawal symptoms will occur. When taking this drug, the patient needs to do exactly as the doctor says to stay clear of addiction. It is important to talk to your doctor before getting off of suboxone to ensure withdrawal symptoms do not occur.
However, because of the opiate properties found in one of the two active ingredients within suboxone, addiction is likely. As with any drug, when dependency is desired to lessen, there must be a period of time when a patient is off the drug and they begin to experience the likelihood of withdrawal symptoms. This process is called detoxification. At this point, enough of the brain’s opiate receptors are no longer being stimulated by the opiate. In most cases of suboxone use, it helps to lessen the affects of withdrawal caused by other, more serious opioid drugs. Nonetheless, suboxone abuse can cause similar withdrawal symptoms like the opiates initially abused.
In order to overcome an addiction to suboxone, like any drug, you must be able to “deal with” the first hours of having some withdrawal symptoms. These hours between stopping your drug and starting addiction treatment are the period where there will be some discomfort.
However, the initial withdrawal is short lived and, in some cases, other medications may be used to keep you comfortable. Once you are able to enter into a process of recovery from your addiction, the relief will begin to set in and ease the pain of withdrawal. And you will be well on your way to addiction recovery.
Suboxone Withdrawal EffectsOnce a dependency has been built, the user will experience the effects of withdrawal whenever they decide to discontinue use. Someone who has been taking Suboxone for an extended period of time and decides to quit cold turkey will experience withdrawal effects. It is important to contact a rehab facility in order to come off the drug in a safe environment and not experience severe withdrawal effects. When addicted to a drug like Suboxone, it is important to gradually reduce the amount over time. Some of the earlier withdrawal effects that are not quite as severe are:
- Muscle aches
- Increased tearing
- Running nose
The later effects of withdrawal are the ones that are difficult to handle. It is during these symptoms that many people relapse. It is wise to go through these symptoms while in the care of professionals. Some of the more intense symptoms are:
- Abdominal cramping
- Dilated pupils
- Goose bumps
Suboxone is an approved opioid medication to aid in the treatment of opiate addictions. It contains a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid medication that is similar to other opioids (morphine, codeine, heroin). However, it produces a less euphoric effect, which makes it easier to discontinue use. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, which means its effects are limited compared to drugs like oxycodone or heroin because they are full opioid agonists.
Suboxone also contains naloxone; which is an opioid antagonist. The naloxone is used to discourage users from abusing Suboxone. If injected, the naloxone will reach the bloodstream and cause the user to almost immediately go into withdrawal. However, when Suboxone is placed under the tongue (as directed), very little naloxone reaches the bloodstream. Therefore, the patient only feels the effects of buprenorphine. Suboxone is beneficial to the patient because it reduces opioid use and helps patients stay in treatment by suppressing symptoms of opioid withdrawal and decreases cravings for opioids. Suboxone is a highly dependent drug; therefore, withdrawal symptoms may occur if you stop taking the medication too quickly.
Suboxone Addiction Help
If you or a loved one is addicted to Suboxone, it is important to seek help to stop Suboxone abuse. Suboxone is a highly dependent drug. Once addicted, the effects are devastating. But, there is hope. If you are interested in receiving information on Suboxone detox or rehab, please call our toll free number at 1 (888) 371-5712.