Suboxone detox treatment can be difficult because people often rely on this drug to detox from another opiate. For this reason, the patient may have a strong physical and/or psychological dependence on the drug and may fear the effects they will experience if they stop taking it.
Some users combine Suboxone with other drugs for recreational use. Despite its dangers, this is a widely used drug. Sales of the drug have fallen in recent years, but it is still among the most commonly prescribed medications used to treat opiate addiction. Suboxone detox treatment is essential for anyone who has become addicted to this medication. Through safe medical detox procedures, patients have a chance.
This medication is often considered an alternative treatment to methadone, a drug commonly prescribed to help people overcome heroin addiction. While providers have to have a special license to prescribe Suboxone, a person can only take methadone when he or she has access to a methadone clinic. There are only a limited number of methadone clinics in the United States, making Suboxone more accessible.
How Common Is Suboxone Dependence?
Due to the fact that this drug is prescribed to those who have already had an addiction problem, it can often be diverted to other people who abuse it. Many patients are not even aware of Suboxone’s potential for addiction. Until recently, Suboxone addiction was thought to occur at very low rates. However, in 2011, there were 21, 483 emergency room visits for the non-medical use of buprenorphine, the primary ingredient in Suboxone. This figure was five times higher than in 2006. Also in 2011, poison control centers reported 3,625 cases of toxic buprenorphine exposure, which was five times greater than the number in 2010.
Suboxone Detox Treatment
Individuals should never attempt to quit Suboxone “cold turkey”, as the withdrawal symptoms can be difficult to cope with. Without the help of medical professionals, the person may not be equipped to handle detox alone, and suffer a relapse. Through the help of a Suboxone detox treatment program, patients can slowly taper off the medication, in a controlled setting and this will help to reduce cravings and allows for the management of withdrawal symptoms. Just removing the medication abruptly does not work. It takes medical supervision in order to avoid any potential life-threatening situations and avoid a future relapse.
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.