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Used to treat individuals addicted to either illegal or prescription opioid drugs, Suboxone is quite an effective drug. Nowadays, most treatment plans of opioid addiction combine the effects of Suboxone as well as counseling and behaviorial therapy to help even the most severe cases of opioid addiction.
But although studies have shown that Suboxone is effective when used against opioid addiction, people are still wondering if there is a chance to become addicted to using Suboxone. This article will discuss the possibility of getting addicted to using Suboxone while trying to cure your opioid addiction .
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Is Suboxone Addictive?
Like any other drug, Suboxone too can case some mild to more severe side-effects. The list of common side-effects includes
- Constipation, etc.
One of the most severe side-effects that Suboxone can lead to is, unfortunately, physical and psychological dependence.
Suboxone belongs to what is known as a schedule three (III) prescription drug. This means that although Suboxone is an accepted drug meant for medical use, in case of misuse, it can, very quickly, lead to physical and/or psychological dependence.
That is why Suboxone is being prescribed under special terms, which have been previously created by the government. This is thought to reduce the risk of Suboxone misuse and addiction. One of those terms is that Suboxone is meant to be used short-term only. Otherwise, it will lead to addiction and, later, withdrawal symptoms. If you need help with Suboxone addiction or need to find a trusted Suboxone detox center, call us today to speak to one of our trusted experts.
Suboxone Detox Timeline and Withdrawal Symptoms
The withdrawal symptoms start to occur after the use of Suboxone has been discontinued. Compared to other opioids, Suboxone takes a longer time to cause any effects in the body. However, it also remains for a longer time in the body.
What we mean by this is that as compared to most opioids, it will take a longer time for the first withdrawal symptoms to occur after the discontinued use of Suboxone.
In the following, we will explain the usual detox timeline that a patient with a known Suboxone physical and/or psychological addiction goes through.
- Days 1 – 3: It usually takes around 6 to 12 hours after the last dosage of Suboxone has been taken for the first physical withdrawal symptoms to occur. Muscle pain, nausea, and diarrhea are the three most characteristic symptoms for this period.
- Days 4 – 7: It is during this time period that symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, and irritability may take place.
- Weeks 2 – 4: This time period characterizes itself with an increased risk of depression.
- Month 2+: This is the time period where there is a high risk of relapse. It is necessary for the patients to be provided with a proper relapse prevention plan. It is not unusual for the Suboxone cravings to continue to occur even years after the treatment has been completed. To learn more about getting started on a relapse prevention plan, you can live chat with a trained agent or call us.
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Detoxing from Suboxone at Home vs. a Treatment Center
Many individuals with Suboxone addiction think that they are able to detox at home, instead of at a treatment center. But the question is – Is that the safest decision that you should be making?
Detoxing from any drug is a long and difficult process. It is hard to go through this process alone and without any proper support and care. It is the medications that can be offered at a treatment center like Bridges to Life Detox that make this process a lot easier. In addition, getting treated at a treatment center will also reduce the risk of a potential relapse in the near future.
We highly recommend choosing a proper treatment center when you do decide that you need help with Suboxone or any illegal or prescription drug that has led to a physical and/or psychological addiction in your case.
Our medical team can help you to go through the withdrawal symptoms a lot easier by offering you different treatment methods. Some of the common remedies that are being used are multivitamins, non-prescription painkillers, antiacids, and anti-nausea medications, which can all make a major difference in your experience with Suboxone detox. At times, low doses of Benzodiazepines like Valium may be prescribed to ease anxiety.
How to Find a Suboxone Detox Center
After you have made the decision to choose a treatment center, it is very important to find the right treatment center that specializes in treating Suboxone addiction.
Depending on your needs, you can be offered to choose between inpatient and outpatient treatment programs. Of these two, it is the inpatient treatment program that is most commonly recommended for Suboxone addicts, especially for the first few weeks of Suboxone withdrawal.
At Bridges to Life, we have a long track record of successfully treating Suboxone addiction and many other types of drug and alcohol dependence. You can reach out to us 24/7 via live chat or by calling the number below to get any questions you have answered.