Suboxone is a medication that is commonly prescribed by medical professionals to help individuals recover from opiate and opioid addiction. It is made up of buprenorphine and naloxone. This combination is used because each drug carries with it a relapse prevention component. Using Suboxone with other substances can have detrimental consequences. Using Suboxone while also abusing benzodiazepines can lead to dangerously slow breathing, potentially resulting in death. The combination of heroin and Suboxone can cause severely uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Mixing Suboxone with alcohol can result in breathing difficulties and be potentially fatal. The purpose of Suboxone is to help an individual cope with his or her drug cravings during one’s recovery process, therefore abusing it or using it concurrently with other substances is counterproductive.
HOW IT WORKS
Before an individual is advised to take Suboxone, he or she must have no opiates in his or her body. The reason being, if an individual does not wait until his or her withdrawal symptoms have ceased, he or she is at risk for sudden extreme withdrawal. It is recommended that individuals who had previously abused short acting opiates wait between twelve to twenty-four hours post his or her last dose to begin Suboxone treatment. People who had been abusing long acting opiates must wait longer before starting Suboxone treatment. An individual will then take his or her first dose of Suboxone in the presence of a medical professional, so as to insure no adverse reactions occur. Assuming the individual responds well to the medication, his or her dosage will be continuously adjusted until no opiate withdrawal symptoms or drug cravings occur.
- IMS (Incidental Medical Services)
- Full Physical Examination
- All labs including blood & urine tests
- Medical Director/Physician
- Registered Nurse (RN)
- EMT’s (Emergency Medical Technicians)
- CNA’s (Certified Nurse’s Aid)
- Detox Technicians
- Substance Use Disorder Counselors
- Healthy snack & drinks
- TVs in the bedrooms
- Healthy meals prepared by chef
- Smoking area provided outdoors
Once an individual does not experience any opiate withdrawal symptoms, while using Suboxone (and not abusing opiates), he or she has entered the stabilization phase. This can last anywhere between one to two months. During this stage, the individual remains on Suboxone with the intention of regaining stability and strength to resist using and abusing opiates. The following stage is known as the maintenance. During the maintenance stage, individuals are successfully avoiding relapse and are on a steady dose of Suboxone. This stage can last varying durations, from weeks to years. After the maintenance stage, individuals will end treatment. Ending one’s Suboxone treatment is accomplished by tapering one’s dose of Suboxone until they no longer require its use at all. An individual may skip the maintenance stage altogether, and go straight from the stabilization stage to tapering down their dosage.
The tapering of Suboxone can help to mitigate any withdrawal symptoms from it, but there are some withdrawal symptoms that can occur. This is primarily due to the fact that individuals who use Suboxone to help with opiate withdrawal will be using Suboxone for an extended period of time. With any habitual use of medications, an individual will experience withdrawal symptoms. Some examples of withdrawal symptoms a person tapering from Suboxone may experience include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Muscle aches
- Difficulty with concentration
Every individual is different, and will respond to tapering from Suboxone in a different way. Suboxone withdrawal symptoms have the propensity to last as long as a month, and sometimes longer.
Individuals who use Suboxone must do so under the close supervision of a medical professional. When an individual abuses Suboxone, he or she may exhibit certain signs. Some examples of the possible signs can include any combination of the following:
- Loss of consciousness
- Labored breathing
If any of the above signs are exhibited in an individual using Suboxone, seek medical help immediately. Using Suboxone in a way other than prescribed can result in many uncomfortable consequences. The abrupt discontinuing of Suboxone can cause painful withdrawal symptoms. There are potentially lethal consequences when using Suboxone with other drugs or alcohol. Furthermore, the possible side effects of Suboxone can include allergic reactions, coordination difficulties, and/ or respiratory issues. When used properly, Suboxone can be effective and helpful, but when abused or used improperly, Suboxone can have deadly consequences.
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If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please seriously consider getting help as soon as possible. Addiction can be an incredibly damaging disease and the sooner help is received, the better. For further information on substance abuse or addiction, feel free to reach out to us. We are happy to answer any questions and provide any information you may be looking for regarding substance abuse and addition.