Suboxone is commonly given to help people recover from opioid addiction. Suboxone can do a lot to help prevent the cravings and withdrawal symptoms that make it so hard to quit using opioids. However, it is possible to get high off of Suboxone if you inject it or take it with benzodiazapines. If you take enough Suboxone, or if you take it in the right way, you may cause damage to yourself and your life.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Suboxone can be effective in treating addiction. It MUST be taken as directed by a medical professional. As soon as you start to abuse it, you can find yourself back in a similar position to where you started – addicted to a drug, and needing a way out.
Fortunately, there are drug rehab treatments that can help with Suboxone addiction. With the right drug rehab, you can learn to lead a normal, healthy, drug-free life.
What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is the name of a drug treatment combining buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine was approved by the FDA in 2002, and was notable because it was the first medication that doctors could prescribe at the office – as opposed to methadone, which had to be administered by professionals and was therefore much less accessible to those that needed it. Someone who was struggling with opioid dependence could now go to the doctor, get a prescription, and gain a valuable tool in avoiding further opioid use.
How is Suboxone Used?
Suboxone is most often used as intended, by either taking a pill or dissolving a sublingual film under the tongue. For those that are seeking to abuse the drug, however, it is usually more effective to crush up the tablets, inject them or combine the drug with other drugs like benzos.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Suboxone can be used recreationally by people without an opioid tolerance. Because they are not accustomed to the effects of opioids, the new user can get the desired euphoria that more experienced users will not experience from Suboxone.
Effects of Suboxone Addictionsub
Suboxone is considered a weak opioid, referred to as an opioid partial agonist. It can produce feelings of euphoria and general well-being that opioids are well-known to produce, but it does so in a much weaker way than full opioids such as heroin or methadone. What is unique about Suboxone is that the user can only get so much of the opioid effect with repeated use. Their is a “ceiling” effect to the drug, which means that taking more does not produce any further results. Because of the ceiling, users are much less likely to abuse this drug.
Suboxone gives the body the opioid hit that it is craving, without encouraging the user to take more and more. The symptoms of withdrawal are greatly diminished for the user who is trying to get off of heroin or strong doses of prescription pain medication.
There are some negative effects from Suboxone, however – especially when it is abused. These include:
Nausea and Vomiting
Suboxone can cause stomach upset and may even cause vomiting under certain circumstances.
The opioid effects of Suboxone are significant enough to cause cravings if the drug is abruptly stopped and no longer used, especially in users who have little opioid tolerance and are using Suboxone to get high.
Irritability and Depression
As with other opioid drugs, Suboxone sends opioids to the opioid receptors in the brain, which over time can cause the brain to decrease its own natural opioid production. When the user stops taking Suboxone, whether because he has come down from a high or has simply run out of the drug, the brain may take some time to start producing opioids again. Depression can quickly set in along with irritability.
Problems With Sleep
Suboxone use can disrupt sleep patterns, especially when used frequently. Abruptly quitting the use of Suboxone can lead to temporary difficulty sleeping and problems with both nightmares and/or insomnia.
Just as with other opioids, Suboxone has the ability to depress the central nervous system and cause difficulties breathing. The effects are not as severe as other, stronger opioids, but they do exist.
Suboxone Rehab Programs
Although Suboxone is often prescribed as a part of rehab, it is still possible to become addicted to the drug. The same rehab treatments that work for quitting stronger opioids can also be used to quit Suboxone. So if you’re struggling with an addiction to this drug, Suboxone rehab does offer options that are worth trying.
Common Suboxone rehabilitation treatments include:
Staying at a rehab center for an extended period of time may be the best way to avoid using anymore Suboxone. In the rehab center you have the support of trained staff, and can explore a variety of treatments including group therapy, individual therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. These therapeutic options can help you to get your life back on track.
With outpatient treatment, you can still go about your daily life – including school, work or family obligations – while getting regular treatment to recover from Suboxone dependency. Outpatient treatment is also ideal for those who have gone through an inpatient program and require further support to help them transition back into their normal lives.
Help Finding Suboxone Rehab
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