Can I Become Addicted to Suboxone after Detox?
If you have been struggling with an opiate addiction and are ready to get help through a detox program that uses Suboxone, you may be wondering: can I become addicted to Suboxone after detox?
Why Suboxone is used in Detox Treatment
Although Suboxone is an opiate, it is a bit different from drugs such as Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet because it is an opiate agonist and opioid blocker. As a partial opiate, Suboxone works to prevent full opiates from becoming effective.
Becoming Addicted to Suboxone
When it is used as directed: meaning that you take Suboxone only through the withdrawal period, it is not likely to be addictive. However, the problem lies in the fact that most people who use Suboxone never stop taking it. In effect they exchange one addiction for another which defeats the purpose of opiate detox. There is a risk for tolerance developing, as with other opiate drugs. Over time with long-term use the body will develop a tolerance meaning that it will require more Suboxone to achieve the same effects as with a lesser dose of the medication. When the individual is ready to stop taking Suboxone, chances are they will need a medical detox treatment to quit.
Dealing with Suboxone Withdrawal
Trying to quit a Suboxone addiction on your own can be difficult. Withdrawal symptoms can be painful and depending on the severity of the addiction, symptoms may begin within a few hours after the last time the drug was used. Physical withdrawal symptoms may last a few weeks and often include: •Flu-like symptoms •Constipation/diarrhea •Sweating •Muscle/joint pain •Insomnia •Anxiety •Thoughts of suicide While it is not uncommon for some detox facilities to give their patients a limited amount of Suboxone to take after the detox treatment, the best way to avoid Suboxone addiction it to follow the instructions closely.
Follow-up Detox Treatment with Aftercare
Following up detox treatment with aftercare will go a long way in helping you stay on track and not relapse. Most drug addiction counselors suggest going into rehab after successfully completing detox because it allows extra time to adjust to a life without drugs. Rehab teaches and reinforces the skills needed to avoid relapse, use support tools effectively and understand more fully how addiction occurs. If a rehab program is not an option for you, then consider an alternative such as behavioral therapy or joining a community support group such as a 12-Steps group, for example N.A. Are you worried that you may become addicted to Suboxone after detox? Call Gallus Detox Center today and speak with our admission team who can answer your questions. Find out why we are “the better way” – call us today at 855-338-6929.