The Truth About Suboxone for Narcotic Withdrawal and Addiction Treatment

The Truth About Suboxone for Narcotic Withdrawal and Addiction Treatment

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Suboxone Withdrawal Treatment for Opioid Addiction – Is It Helping or Hurting? 

suboxone-withdrawal-addictionThe majority of the time, people can’t just decide to quit–and be immediately successful. They need an abundance of help to change their environment, their behaviors and the way they think. Quitting cold turkey is admirable, but it has a very low success rate, less than 25% of the people that try and just stop, are back using opioids again within the year.

So that is where medication-assisted opiate withdrawal treatment options come into play. And more specifically, we’ll talk about suboxone. Suboxone can often reverse the damage from an overdose and can also help patients to stay sober, at the same time suboxone also is reducing the suboxone withdrawals side effects and curbing cravings, minimizing relapses.

What Is Suboxone

Suboxone is a really two medications, one (buprenorphine) that is a partial opioid agonist, and the other (naloxone) which is an opioid blocker. It is used in conjunction with therapy and counseling to aid in addiction therapy.

Who is Suboxone Prescribed For?

Suboxone, or buprenorphine, is prescribed for patients with a narcotic addiction to help them get off of painkillers. A ‘partial opioid agonist’ such as buprenorphine is an opioid that gives you less of an effect than that which  a full opioid does when it links to the opioid receptors in your brain. Oxycodone, morphine, methadone and all the other full opiates that you can become addicted to are full opioids and deliver all of the “pleasure” that is needed to fuel and addiction. Taking a partial opioid like Suboxone, you may get a very slight pleasurable sensation, or feel more energized. However there will not be a noticeable high, or feeling of euphoria. It basically tricks your brain into thinking that you have taken a full opioid and thus lessens or alleviates the withdrawal symptoms completely.

What is Suboxone Dependence?

Suboxone does have a “ceiling effect” meaning that after a certain amount the effects level off. However, just because it can’t be injected, doesn’t mean it cannot be abused. It can be taken without a prescription, or a higher dose than is prescribed can be taken. It can be mixed with alcohol or benzodiazepines to get high. Signs of abuse can involve things such as random packages being delivered, late night visitors, a prescription disappearing too quickly, and unusual behavior. Most of the time, benzodiazepines are not to be prescribed with anything that has buprenorphine. By themselves, they have a high abuse potential, so adding them to Suboxone is unwise.

What are suboxone withdrawal symptoms?

Of course you have the standard withdrawal symptoms, if you suddenly stop your prescription or are taking it illegally such as being unable to sleep and irritability. You also get flu like symptoms, shaking, hot and cold chills and nausea. If you taper all the way off the correct way, the symptoms are minimal. An abrupt change can be detrimental and painful.

What are some suboxone withdrawal remedies and detox tips?

Simply put, recovering from any addiction is restoring the life you had before you became involved in the addiction. To do that you must clear your body from all of the drugs, and this can be painful. You will feel nauseous and shaky, your bones will ache. The good news is you can get through all of this, if you fail at first you can try again.

Knowing that everyone is different, can be a big help. Some people can quit with no help at all. Most of the time, if you are detoxing you will find you need a little help. Vitamins, nausea medications and over the counter pain medication can help to manage your symptoms. Counseling and physical therapy are good outlets to help you to deal with the emotional and physical problems that occur. Staying active can help to release all of that excess energy you may have, as well as helping to hasten the detox process. Make no mistake, it will take a while. Relearning how to live without drugs is a process, but it can be accomplished with time, patience and a lot of help and perhaps… suboxone withdrawal treatment could be right for you.

2 Comments

  1. eMarieg says:

    Suboxone was a miracle for me…. for a while anyway. I have been an opiate addict since I was 18 years old following a car accident that almost killed me. I didn’t realize it then but the zest I lost for the life I was living went when the prescriptions for my very legitimate pain ended. A few years later following yet another devastating accident though the connection was easily made. Here was this little pill…… so innocuous…. that alleviated my pain and made the world seem brighter again, and, best of all it was prescribed by a doctor, so it had to be okay. And they were, but I wasn’t.
    Over the next 15 years my addiction escalated slowly but steadily out of control. After finding heroin and feeling my addiction as well as the physical sickness go just out of control I started suboxone. After being an opiate addict for so long… 18 years now… I didn’t expect stopping would be possible but was hopeful with replacement therapy. Now, I just want it gone. I have no energy. There is no pleasure in anything anymore. I feel as though I’m just going through the motions. L-tyrosine is helping but I still want the suboxone gone. There is a complication though. I have RA and am in a great deal of physical pain most of the time. Suboxone isn’t great at controlling pain but it does help it to be bearable. I’ve tried many herbal therapies and had some success with devil’s claw. Are there other options for people in my situation? I mean what’s next? How do I beat this and not be miserable?

  2. 1500 attempts beats giving in anyday says:

    Hi Reilly

    I tell ya it sure would have been nice if I had come across your awesome super informative site many years ago-but such as life atleast I am here now. AnywaysI too spent something like 15+years using heroin then I came across Suboxone , gung ho and acting out of desperation to get off the d I jumped on the ‘boxone bandwagon. I really wish I would have done alot more research into it and the Dr. I was going to see. I have been on Sub 8’s now for about 3years, and I really wish I had known how depressed, and a total ignorant bitch they slowly can make you, I too have noticed my attitude change big time , the anxiety and depression its brought on is insane thank goodness I am not suicidal. I”ve noticed thou they have given me freedom from being on the d to start to function like a regular nonaddicted member of society, they have turned me callused and into a zombified state where I don’t get happy or excited about things that used to make me happy and excited. My lust and zest for life feals like it has been blanketed by a large heavy toxic sludge.
    Recently my boyfriend found out about this stuff called Silver Colliod and how its healing effects. I tried it out. I had no idea how miraculous this stuff really is!!! I was to the point that iwas fealling sluggish and like crap less than 18hrs after taking my suboxone most of the time. If I was to miss a day the next morning and throughout the dayi was in a blah unmotivated state. Right from the first day I drank some of this colloial silver stuff it was like I was myself again within a couple hours I was all of a sudden full of energy and super happy, the following day I did not even feal the need to get my suboxone at all. I am happy to say actually to shout out that I have had close to none of the withdrawl effects from quitting cold turkey the suboxone. A very minimal amount of restless legs at night but I can sleep all night and theres been no hot and cold sweats at all either. This stuff has been a miracle for getting off the suboxone.

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