There are many different types of addiction and each one is dangerous in their own way. Drug addiction is a complex and chronic disease that affects all aspects of a person’s life. Drug addiction is both physical and psychological, and often it is a difficult and dangerous thing to try and stop by oneself. Anyone suffering from drug addiction can receive the proper treatment and recovery.
Suboxone is an opioid narcotic that is used to treat addiction to such drugs as: Heroin, OxyContin, Morphine, Fentanyl, Hydrocodone etc. It is classified as a Schedule III controlled substance in the U.S. and is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid narcotic and naloxone is a drug used to reverse the effects of other narcotic medications. Suboxone blocks the euphoric effects of opiates and stops withdrawal symptoms.
Suboxone is used during the maintenance phase of opiate drug addiction treatment and recovery. Its use was made available in 2000 under the Drug Abuse Treatment Act (DATA) to treat people addicted to opiate narcotics. Suboxone is prescribed by physicians to provide a wider range of treatment opportunity for those suffering from opiate addiction. The drug is highly addictive even at regular prescribed doses and is not intended for long-term use. Unfortunately, Suboxone is often abused by those people who are trying to get off of other opiate drugs. They just exchange one drug for another and become addicted to Suboxone.
Adverse effects of Suboxone addiction include respiratory depression, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, mood swings, sweating, headaches, sleep problems, cold or flu-like symptoms, muscle pain and cramps, depression, fever,
drowsiness, poor memory, slurred speech, slow heart rate, increased blood pressure, lack of coordination, apathy, dizziness, low libido, hair loss, liver and kidney damage and emotional detachment.
Suboxone depresses the respiratory system and has frequently been abused along with alcohol or benzodiazepines which are also depressants. This combination may cause respiratory levels to drop dangerously low causing breathing to stop and death.
Treatment and Recovery from Suboxone
The abuse of Suboxone may lead to drug addiction. People suffering from Suboxone addiction will find effective treatment and recovery at drug treatment centers. These centers are staffed by experienced and knowledgeable medical professionals who can help anyone overcome drug addiction.
Recovery at drug treatment centers usually begins with a medically assisted detox process where the patient is slowly and safely weaned off of the Suboxone. Medications are administered to help ease or eliminate some of the withdrawal symptoms. Opioid drug addiction causes intense physical reactions when someone stops taking the drug, although symptoms will vary depending on how long and how much of the drug was taken. Withdrawal symptoms occur because the body is trying to adjust to the loss of Suboxone in the body.
Some Suboxone withdrawal symptoms that a patient may experience during the detox process are sweating, insomnia, muscle aches and pain, nausea, chills, loss of appetite, mood swings, decreased blood pressure and heart rate, dizziness, abdominal cramps, fatigue, runny nose, changes in body temperature, teary eyes and tremors. Most often, Suboxone withdrawal will leave the patient unable to go about their normal daily routine. Treatment and recovery from opioid addictions are usually most effective under the supervision of a professional medical staff at a drug treatment center, on an inpatient basis. Inpatient treatment is more intensive and has many added benefits. The patient will be sequestered in a safe, drug free environment away from temptations and triggers that can lead to relapse. This gives the patient the much needed time and space to focus on recovery and healing.
The patient will also receive psychological counseling and group therapy to begin the journey back to mental wholeness. By understanding the underlying factors that led to drug addiction and acquiring new skills to assist in coping with those problems is the first step in the right direction. New ways of thinking and behavior modification therapy will also help the patient undo destructive thought and behavior patterns and replace them with healthy, constructive ones.
Drug treatment centers offer many options of holistic therapies. Some of these include yoga, meditation, massage, nutrition, exercise, recreational sports and practicing one’s faith. Treating the patient holistically empowers them by balancing the body, mind and spirit. Aftercare continues this course of living drug-free and enjoying life to the fullest.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.