Suboxone Withdrawal Treatment – Ensuring a Safe Recovery
Suboxone is a mixture of naloxone and buprenorphine. It is used in the treatment of opioid addictions, such as heroin, but it too can be abused. A partial opioid agonist, it does block the effects of opioid abuse but it also produces a similar effect to that of opiates and opioids. It is therefore addictive and misuse often leads to an addiction with similar withdrawal symptoms to those of opioids. Suboxone withdrawal treatment aims to assist the user in overcoming the often severe symptoms associated with opioid addiction.
A Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) survey reported that in 2014, 4.3 million people in America abused prescription medication such as Suboxone in the last month. The widespread abuse of such medication is often treated at rehab centers where patients are usually given various withdrawal remedies to assist in the detoxification period.
Suboxone Withdrawal Timeline
If the individual has used Suboxone for an extended period of time in a way that was not prescribed, the symptoms of withdrawal can begin rapidly. Some of the symptoms may dissipate rapidly while other symptoms can affect the person for longer. The first symptoms during Suboxone detox appear within 12 hours of stopping. After a week, many of the symptoms start to fade. However, there may be symptoms that linger for months after stopping use in some cases. Depression and cravings are usually experienced long after the Suboxone abuse has stopped.
Common Suboxone Withdrawal Symptoms
The symptoms experienced during Suboxone detox are similar to opioids such as prescription pain killers and opiates such as heroin. While every symptom is not always experienced by every addict, the majority of the following are commonly present:
- Feelings of nausea
- Persistent headaches
- Pain in the muscles
- Digestive system distress
- Excessive sweating
- Chills over the body
- Bouts of insomnia
- Feelings of anxiety
- Severe depression
- Strong cravings
- Difficulty concentrating
Other risks that are associated with going through the withdrawal phase without professional supervision is the increased likelihood that the person will submit to cravings and relapse into substance abuse. Furthermore, they may turn to other illegal opiates such as heroin to deal with their cravings and symptoms when going through Suboxone detox.
Suboxone Withdrawal Treatment
Withdrawal remedies are best managed by a professional, such as at the White Sands Treatment Center. Due to the patient misusing medication designed to treat the abuse of opioids and opiates, careful monitoring of the patient should take place to ensure that there is no further non-medical use. In a residential treatment program, the Suboxone withdrawal treatment can be monitored around the clock to ensure that relapse does not occur and that the patient learns new coping skills to deal with the situation that would have made them caved in before.
The main method used in Suboxone withdrawal treatment is to gradually decrease the intake of the substance until the person can safely stop using Suboxone or similar drugs, and the other method is to medically assist the process through the use of medication. The drugs commonly used include Naltrexone, which blocks the effects of opioids, benzodiazepines to help with anxiety and insomnia, Clonidine to reduce various symptoms, and various non-prescribed medications for other symptoms.
Detoxification is just the first step in the recovery process. Once the withdrawal symptoms have been properly managed and dealt with, the patient can then enter into a residential or outpatient programs to resolve the issues that led to the abuse of substances. 12-step programs and other long term recovery programs are also available to reduce the risk of relapse once the patient has finished their intensive treatment.
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.