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Detox with the Help of Suboxone
Opioid medication or illegal street drugs such as heroin, after continued daily use, will eventually make the user dependent. After abusing opiates for so long, the body needs more of the same drug to feel elation. As time goes on your craving for the drug increases and you have to have more and more to feel the same effect. This is when addiction treads on dangerously thin ice.
Having to purchase more medication off the streets or finding doctors to supply your habit may result in financial hardship, legal troubles, marital or relationship problems, or even a job dismissal, if the situation becomes dire.
Once the situation turns calamitous, it is probably time to seek help for an addiction that has more than likely taken over your life, which is especially difficult when you have people such as children who are depending on you for their support.
Doing it on your own, although you may feel strong enough to handle the negative side effects, almost always ends in failure—relapse. Opiate addiction is a strong opponent that puts up a formidable fight against even the most committed individual, which is why it is highly recommended that since you have made the decision to stop abusing prescription drugs or illicit drugs find a doctor whose specialty is dealing with patients and drug addictions. Here you will no doubt receive the best care tailored to an abstinence program after the initial detox is
If you and your doctor decide to use Suboxone as the means of detoxification, remember to do exactly as the doctor says, which will help you to steer clear of a relapse while remaining steadfast on the path to sobriety.
The time it takes to try to erase a lifestyle of opiate use and/or abuse to a lifestyle free of drug dependency is up to you and how strong your conviction is to remain abstinent. It can take perhaps years, but if it means a drug-free existence ever after, the few years it takes to recover will be worth the effort.
The doctor will be the judge of the time factor involved before he or she considers your having successfully completed a detoxification program.
Using Suboxone to help you through this most crucial time is a wise choice since not many make it through the first 72 hours on their own without relapsing, especially if you have been using for a long time or every day for months or years. With Suboxone you will experience a slight feeling of euphoria, characteristic to opiates and the factor that makes so many people dependent in the first place. The Subxone, however, only has enough of the opiate within its chemical structure to make the addict feel “well” but not “high.”
The Benefits of Using Suboxone to Detox
Suboxone has been used successfully for the detoxification of opioid-based drugs and is an approved therapy to help addicts abolish their dependency. Suboxone has two main active ingredients, buprenorphine, which is a “partial opioid agonist” and naloxone, which is an antagonist. Suboxone and the two main ingredients found in the drug have proven very effective in the treatment of opiate drug addiction.
Most people who seek medical help to detox have used full opioid agonists in the past for a prolonged period such as heroin, oxycodone or morphine, to name a few.
Suboxone however gives the user only a slight effect of the feeling of euphoria sought by people who are used to the feeling of a full opioid agonist. But since Suboxone is only a partial opioid agonist, the dose will be enough to help alleviate the most painful side effects of a "cold turkey" detox.
Weaning Down on Suboxone
When Suboxone is used to wean someone off abused opiates such as heroin, Oxycontin and/or Morphine, to name a few of the most popularly abused opioid agonists, the Suboxone dose usually will start out high. Depending on the nature of the addiction will determine how often the Suboxone dose is gradually reduced. If you are considered a “heavy” user, your doctor may keep you on a high dose for months before reducing the dosage.
Eventually, as the patient begins to let the Suboxone do its job of keeping the effects of full opioid agonists a problem of the past, is when Suboxone titration can be pursued more aggressively. It is not unlikely while under the care of professionals, someone can be drug-free, off all abused opiates from the past as well as Suboxone in as little as 90 to 180 days, up to a year or two, at the most. There will be some discomfort along the way, but nothing like how it would be if you tried to abstain from opiates on your own.
So if you are addicted to any kind of opiate and would like to have a safe and comfortable detox, consider using Suboxone as a way to gradually wean from an addiction that has proven to be difficult, practically impossible, to do it successfully on your own.
First talk to your doctor who will provide the answers. The most difficult part is up to you and that is the decision to remain on a Suboxone titration program that will leave you feeling perhaps a little tired, but well enough to pursue the quality of life that you were meant to have without the hassle of an opiate dependence ruining your chance of a happy and meaningful existence.
As With Any Drug, Suboxone Too has its Side Effects
After you have found and are comfortable with a licensed professional whose credentials include narcotic dependency and withdrawal services, the two of you can discuss the withdrawal process using Suboxone. At this juncture you can decide if Suboxone therapy is right for you. If you do decide to give Suboxone a try, ask your doctor questions so that you are well aware of the facts before beginning a program designed to help your continued abstinence from opiate medications.
Suboxone has a combination of buprenorphine, which is an opioid, but a partial opioid agonist, and naoloxone, which is a receptor blocker. Suboxone contains four parts buprenorphine and one part naloxone. Naloxone is conducive for thwarting opioid dependence, as it is successful in blocking the euphoric effects that is characteristic of all opiates.
It should be noted that buprenorphine is an opiate similar to other opioids (morphine, codeine, heroin) but it produces less of a euphoria, making it easier to discontinue use. It is the euphoria or feeling of elation that becomes the mitigating factor for continued use and eventual addiction by people who tend to abuse medications like oxycodone or heroin, which are considered “full opioid agonists.”
Many doctors tell their patients for whom they prescribe Suboxone to place the medication under the tongue, as this will suppress the naloxone and only a small part of the medicine will reach the bloodstream. This is important because naloxone blocks the opiate’s effect but your doctor does not want to block out completely the effect of the buprenorphine. Your doctor is aware that the narcotic that you have been physically addicted must be suppressed gradually. The combination of buprenorphine provides the narcotic in small doses and the naloxone in small doses blocks the euphoria. Between the two active ingredients in Suboxone, the patient is left without painful withdrawal symptoms and without the euphoric feeling.
Suboxone if taken as prescribed reduces opioid use and eventually dependence. It helps patients stay focused in a treatment program by countering the typical symptoms of withdrawal that many addicts face when trying to quit “cold turkey.” Suboxone over time decreases the desire for opioids, as the patient has the opportunity to concentrate on other life improvements such as rebuilding relationships with family, friends and coworkers that may have suffered while the addict was abusing drugs, as is often the case.
Suboxone however does contain buprenorphine, which is an opiate and therefore addictive, so it is imperative to take the medication just as the doctor prescribes. Withdrawal symptoms may occur if you suddenly stop taking the medication, which is why it is so important that a medical professional oversees Suboxone’s gradual reduction and weaning process.
Suboxone Withdrawal Effects
Anyone who has been taking Suboxone for an extended period of time and decides to suddenly stop or quit cold turkey will no doubt experience withdrawal symptoms, which is why it is better to be under the care of a doctor at a rehab facility. In this environment, you will be safely weaned from the drug without the feared experience of severe withdrawal. Doctors who prescribe Suboxone realize the importance of gradual reduction over time, which usually offsets the usual minor withdrawal symptoms such as muscle aches, insomnia, sweating and clogged or runny sinuses.
The more severe effects of withdrawal are not only physical but mental as well and should be addressed while in the care of a staff of professionals familiar with drug abuse tendencies and withdrawal symptoms. The first 72 hours of discontinued opiate abuse and addiction treatment with Suboxone is generally the crucial timeframe when the patient will experience some discomfort.
Emotionally opiates are difficult to quit overnight. It takes time because your body has had time to become used to the medication and mentally you have become emotionally dependent on a drug that has had you trapped in lifestyle that you could not break free from on your own.
However, the initial withdrawal pain is short lived, especially with the help of Suboxone to help keep you comfortable. Once you are able to successfully go through a few days without using the drug that caused your addiction, emotionally you will be relieved because physically the worst is over. Once relief takes over to ease the pain of withdrawal, you will be well on your way to addiction recovery.
Suboxone, the Withdrawal Process
Withdrawal from opiate addiction is often a painful and arduous process, but it does not have to be if you listen to your doctor overseeing the detox. Withdrawal from opiate addiction has many negative physical side effects attached to it. People are almost sure to feel uncomfortable while trying to abstain, which is why so many fail on their own.
Statistics reveal that Suboxone has been quite successful helping those individuals who have been hopelessly addicted for years to learn to live without drugs. Opiate abuse is powerful on two levels, emotionally and physically. Doctors who have been working with Suboxone and their patients have been elated at how well the medication helps to control the emotional as well as physical withdrawal symptoms.
When first consulting with your doctor, it is crucial to open up and be totally honest about your past drug use habits. After hearing your background, the doctor will know how to proceed and how much Suboxone to prescribe for you.
To ensure withdrawal symptoms do not occur you will be admonished to take Suboxone exactly as prescribed. If you find that you cannot make it through the day on what the doctor initially prescribed, it is recommended that you get a hold of your doctor or go into see him or her so that adjustment to your medication can be made.
If given the opportunity to work, Suboxone will lessen the desire attached to dependency after a reasonable period of time of abstinence. The first few days are crucial, but if you let Suboxone work for you and put forth the resolve to remain drug free, withdrawal symptoms will be minimal. The medication helps by chemically interfering with the neuron-receptors used to carry the stimuli from opiates back to the brain, thwarting interaction, without the user having to suffer with typical withdrawal symptoms such as achy bones, nausea, headache and other flu-like symptoms.
After you have abstained from the illicit or abused drug for more than four or five days the brain’s opiate receptors no longer crave the stimulation that only the drug can provide. It is imperative with Suboxone, however, like any drug, to be able to tolerate the first day or two of withdrawal type symptoms, but at least with Suboxone therapy you will not feel as sick as if you had nothing but neither will you feel elation, as you would from other opioid medications.
Always keep in mind that Suboxone just like any other opiate is a narcotic. It has happened in the past that suboxone addictions have accidentally happened, which is why it is imperative that anyone embarking on a detox program be prepared to practice self-constraint and self-discipline. It is true that you will have the best of support from your medical staff and your family and friends, but the ultimate sacrifice and commitment to sobriety will have to come from you.
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