How Many Times Can I Go to Detox Treatment for Subutex Abuse?
For many people seeking detox treatment for Subutex abuse this year it will not be their first time. If Subutex abuse is beginning to feel like a revolving door, you may be wondering: how many times can I go to detox treatment for Subutex abuse. Although you can detox more than once, there are some things to consider.
How Subutex Abuse Occurs
Subutex is used in outpatient (and after some inpatient) opiate detox treatment. The active ingredient in Subutex – Buprenorphine – will activate opioid receptors in the brain and prevent the withdrawal symptoms that begin when Heroin or prescription painkiller abuse is stopped. Buprenorphine has a limit to how much it can activate opioid receptors, preventing it from creating the same euphoric feeling as Heroin or OxyContin. Nevertheless, many people who begin to use Subutex to help them stop abusing other opiates still continue their Subutex use even after there is no longer a valid medical reason to take it. In fact, there are reports of people still taking Subutex ten years later. As with other substance use, there is the possibility of developing a tolerance and dependency to Subutex. Trying to stop on your own, or even tapering off the drug may lead to withdrawal symptoms that in some cases are too painful to withstand leaving the individual to return to Subutex abuse.
The Need for Detox Treatment
The purpose of detox treatment is to cleanse the body of the chemical toxins that are a result of Subutex use. Subutex detox treatment may last from slightly more than a week up to 14 days depending on the severity of use. The number of times an individual can go to detox treatment depends of the policy of the facility. Many detox facilities will not take repeat patients after a certain number of times and then they will cut the individual off from their services. It is not the case with all detox centers of course. For example most government funded detox facilities will continue to see clients regardless of how many times they have been there. Part of the reason for this is because they receive their funding based on the number of beds filled and it benefits them to stay filled. Something else to consider and what is a contributing factor in repeatedly relapsing, is that for detox treatment, rehab and recovery to be successful, the individual has to want to stop their substance use.
After Detox Support
It is helpful to understand that detox treatment is not the same as rehab. While detox treatment will remove Subutex from your body, it should be followed up with a rehab program, behavioral therapy and counseling or participation in a support group to help you address your reasons for returning to Subutex (or other substance) abuse. If you are worried about how many times you can go to detox treatment for Subutex abuse, call Gallus Detox Center for a confidential consultation with our admission team. Call us today at 855-338-6929.