Suboxone Dependency after Detox Treatment
Suboxone is used in many outpatient (and some inpatient) substance abuse treatment programs. If the program you are going to use relies on Suboxone during detox, you may want to know what your options are if you have Suboxone dependency after detox treatment.
Suboxone in Detox Treatment
Suboxone is an opiate narcotic, from the same drug class as Morphine, Vicodin and OxyContin. Suboxone works by partially blocking the opioid receptors in the central nervous system. The opioid receptors differentiate sensations of pain and pleasure. Suboxone is used in detox treatment for opiates and alcohol. When it is taken with other opiates or alcohol, Suboxone will prevent their effects. It blocks the other substances from reaching the receptors. Suboxone has been very effective, when used correctly in medical detox.
How Suboxone Dependency Occurs
When Suboxone is taken short-term, throughout the withdrawal process and then stopped, there is minimal risk for dependency. Studies have shown that Suboxone dependency is the result of not stopping the medication once the detox is complete, but rather continuing its use when there is no longer a legitimate reason to do so. Suboxone is a powerful opiate, and there is the potential for dependency when it is abused. As with other medications, there is a risk of developing a tolerance to Suboxone which mean that the individual will need to increase the amount of the drug to achieve the desired results.
Suboxone Dependency Side Effects
Quitting Suboxone use especially after long-term use can be challenging and usually requires the help of a medical detox treatment. The side effects and symptoms of Suboxone abuse can be physical and psychological and may include the following:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Excessive sweating
- Respiratory problems
How to Avoid Suboxone Dependency
The best way to avoid developing a dependency to Suboxone is to take it as long as you have withdrawal symptoms, and then stop. If you receive detox treatment in an inpatient facility, you may or may not be given a prescription for a certain length of time and then you will no longer need it. If it turns out that you cannot stop taking Suboxone on your own, it may be necessary for you to seek assistance from an inpatient medical detox treatment to help you stop. An inpatient treatment such as one that uses IV therapy medical detox will manage Suboxone withdrawal and allow you to remain comfortable throughout the process.
There are a number of long-term recovery programs to help you in your sobriety after detox treatment including rehabilitation, behavioral therapy, 12-step programs and other community support groups. Following-up detox treatment with a recovery program will give the support network needed for continued sobriety success. Are you concerned that you may have Suboxone dependency after detox treatment? Call Gallus Detox Center today, at 855-338-6929 to learn how IV therapy medical detox can help you overcome Suboxone abuse.