Is It Safe to Drink Alcohol While Taking Suboxone?
Struggling with opiate abuse and addiction is scary. It is not uncommon for individuals to turn to assistance through a Suboxone treatment program to help them overcome their drug abuse. However, most do not think to ask is it safe to drink alcohol while taking Suboxone until it is too late.
What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is an opiate, but it is a little different from other opiates like OxyContin and Heroin because it is a partial opiate and acts as an opioid agonist and blocker. In other words, Suboxone prevents full opiates – like Heroin and prescription painkillers – from becoming effective.
Suboxone and Alcohol
Suboxone is a controlled narcotic that is used in opioid dependency and addiction treatment and should not be combined with other substances including alcohol. Alcohol depresses the central nervous system. Drinking alcohol while taking Suboxone can lead to dangerous side effects including respiratory distress, loss of consciousness, coma and death. You should tell your doctor about your alcohol consumption as it may be possible to adjust the amount of Suboxone to a safer level. Consuming alcohol, while on a Suboxone treatment regimen is discouraged. The most common side effects associated with Suboxone use, vertigo and lethargy are intensified when the drug is combined with alcohol. Combining alcohol and Suboxone may also lead to an increase of the body’s tolerance and dependence to Suboxone. This means that the body will require progressively increased amounts of Suboxone. There has been a lot of controversy and debate concerning the use of Suboxone with other substances. While most people understand that Suboxone is used in opiate abuse and addiction treatment what they may not understand is that Suboxone itself has the potential for dependency and has been the reason that many individuals on a Suboxone regimen to have to undergo another detox.
Alcohol and Suboxone Detox
If you are on a Suboxone regimen for opiate abuse and dependency and cannot stay off alcohol while taking Suboxone, perhaps you should consider an alternative to treatment such as an inpatient medical detox that uses IV therapy. IV therapy is the method most recommended by doctors to quit substance use because of how effective it is at controlling withdrawal symptoms and allowing the patient to successfully complete detox. Unlike other detox treatments which use oral medications that take time to become active in the body; IV therapy allows the medications to be placed directly into the blood stream for immediate use and can be adjusted more quickly to keep the patient comfortable throughout the process. If you are concerned about whether or not it is safe to drink alcohol while taking Suboxone, call Gallus Detox Center at 855-338-6929, to see the other options available to you for opiate and alcohol detox.