How To Get Through Suboxone Withdrawal
October 2, 2020 , Agape Treatment Center
Suboxone Withdrawal is Not Easy, But Not Impossible
Suboxone is the brand name for the medication buprenorphine, an opioid antagonist that is used to treat the symptoms associated with opioid addiction and opioid withdrawal. In many cases, Suboxone serves an important purpose. Those who have been suffering at the hands of severe opioid addiction and are at risk of overdose may be prescribed the medication to treat withdrawal symptoms while alleviating the intense psychological cravings that frequently lead to relapse. Suboxone is always prescribed short-term and is not considered a stand-alone solution to opioid addiction, but getting hooked on this medication and going through Suboxone withdrawal is where lies the problem. This means that a combination of therapeutic and holistic treatment methods is also crucial to helping individuals stay sober long-term.
Can You Get Off Suboxone Easily?
Typically, once the symptoms of acute opioid withdrawal resolve, the individual will be taken off of Suboxone entirely. Throughout his or her treatment experience, an individual will work on developing healthy coping mechanisms and relapse prevention skills to maintain sobriety long after medication-assisted treatment comes to an end. At Agape Treatment Center, we believe in the clinical benefits of medications like Suboxone. However, we also understand that medications like these can be psychologically addictive for those who have been struggling with moderate or severe opioid addiction. If you have developed a psychological or physical dependence on Suboxone, Agape Treatment Center is available to help. We have developed a comprehensive treatment program geared towards men and women of all ages who have been grappling with an addictive disorder of any kind, including overcoming Suboxone withdrawal and addiction.
Can Suboxone Be Addictive?
While it is not very common for individuals to become addicted to Suboxone, it is possible. The symptoms associated with Suboxone addiction are similar to the symptoms associated with other opioid addictions, and include:
- Impaired coordination
- Itchy skin/skin rashes
- An inability to think /confusion
- Slurred speech/compromised motor skills
- “Doctor shopping,” meaning attempting to get more than one prescription at a time from multiple doctors
- Stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting
- Shallow breathing/respiratory depression
- Increased heart rate
- Loss of appetite, which often leads to noticeable weight loss
- Anxiety and depression
- Shifts in mood and erratic behavior
- Increased secrecy/separation from family members and friends
- The building of a physical tolerance
- Withdrawal symptoms that begin to take place as soon as use is ceased or stopped entirely
Symptoms of withdrawal will need to be closely monitored in a medical detox facility. If you have been suffering from a Suboxone addiction and need help to stop, simply give us a call today.
Suboxone Withdrawal Symptoms
Getting through Suboxone withdrawal is possible if you have the right guidance, support, and medical supervision throughout the Suboxone detox experience. When it comes to drugs like heroin and prescription painkillers, the symptoms of withdrawal are typically likened to the symptoms of bad flu. They include profuse sweating, low-grade fever, body aches, stomach cramping, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, restlessness, and general feelings of discomfort. The symptoms associated with Suboxone withdrawal are slightly less severe, and they can typically be effectively treated with a combination of non-narcotic pain medications and sleeping aids. The very best way to get through Suboxone withdrawal is by checking yourself into a medically monitored detox facility, which will provide you with a safe and supportive setting and around-the-clock clinical care.
Professional Help With Suboxone Dependence
Agape Treatment Center provides a comprehensive and individualized program of medical and clinical care, geared towards treating all symptoms of Suboxone withdrawal as soon as they arise. If you or someone you love has been suffering at the hands of a Suboxone addiction of any severity, please feel free to give us a call at any point in time. Our admissions counselors will work with you in determining how to cover the cost of treatment, then will help you set up viable travel plans and set up a date and a time for intake.
Agape Treatment Center for substance abuse embraces a universal, unconditional love that transcends, that serves regardless of circumstances. We provide individuals all over the country with the opportunity to achieve the gift of lasting sobriety.