What is Suboxone Detox and how long does it take?
If you began taking Suboxone to help you overcome opiate abuse or addiction, but then realized that you just traded one addiction for another; you may want to know what is Suboxone detox and how long does it take.
Suboxone: How it is supposed to Work
The purpose of Suboxone is to help you stop taking prescription painkillers and Heroin. It contains two ingredients, Buprenorphine and Naloxone, each with its own mission to prevent it from being abused. Buprenorphine works as a partial agonist which blocks the opioid receptors and it activates the receptors just enough to keep other opiates from being effective. The other ingredient, Naloxone keeps the user from abusing Suboxone. Working as an opiate antagonist, it fills and blocks the opioid receptors. When it is tampered with (crushed and snorted or injected) it will send the individual into full withdrawal that cannot be reversed. Although physicians who prescribe Suboxone suggest that it should be used “long-term” the problem is that many individuals begin taking the drug and never stop. In fact, there are reports of people taking the drug for more than ten years. If your goal is to be drug free, Suboxone may not be right for you.
Medical Detox from Suboxone
An inpatient medical detox treatment is the best way to overcome long-term Suboxone use. Depending on the severity of use, it is very likely that when you stop taking the drug you will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms – as would be the case if you stopped taking any opiate. The side effects of Suboxone withdrawal are both physical (constipation, flu-like symptoms, excessive sweating) and psychological (anxiety, confusion, irritability and suicidal thoughts). An inpatient medical detox will address the withdrawal symptoms and work to keep you comfortable throughout the detox process.
Traditional Hospital Detox
However, all inpatient medical detox treatments are not the same and the level of comfort you experience during detox will depend largely on the method used during the process. For example most hospital medical detox treatments rely on oral medication that take time for the body to process and are not very effective at offering relief from Suboxone withdrawal.
IV Therapy Medical Detox
An alternative to traditional hospital detox and what doctors recommend as the better way to Suboxone detox is IV therapy medical detox. Intravenous therapy allows the medication to be delivered directly into the blood stream allowing it to offer immediate relief. IV therapy Suboxone detox takes from a little over a week to about 10 days and patients remain comfortable and are able to complete the detox process.
Relapse and Recovery
You can increase your chances of recovery success and decrease the chance of relapse by following up Suboxone detox with a rehab program or behavioral therapy. Most people turn to substance use as a result of some deeper issue and seeking counseling or rehab will help you work through the issues and prevent returning to drug use. Did you begin a Suboxone program and now need to know, “What is Suboxone detox and how long does it take?” Call Gallus Detox Center today, at 855-338-6929 to learn how we can help you overcome Suboxone abuse or addiction.