Many drugs can cause an addiction, including prescription medications that are entirely legal to obtain if prescribed by a physician. One such addictive legal prescription medication is a drug known as suboxone. An addiction to suboxone can be difficult to overcome for many reasons, chief among them the severity of suboxone withdrawal. Before you can fully understand why suboxone withdrawal is so difficult to overcome, you will first need to learn about the drug’s proper uses, the development of addiction, and treatment options available. (956) 854-2342.
Suboxone is a prescription medication that is meant to be used to help a person to recover from a drug addiction to opioids. Opioids, also known as narcotics, are often prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain, anxiety and panic disorders, or seizures. However, heroin is also a narcotic drug. Other common opioids include morphine, codeine, and oxycodone.
Suboxone is actually the combination of two different medications. These two medications are buprenorphine and naloxone, and the two are combined in a dissolvable strip that is designed to be placed under the tongue. Buprenorphine is a narcotic pain medication that, when prescribed alone, is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Naloxone is a medication that is meant to reverse the effects of other drugs in the body. This drug, when taken alone, is used to help reverse the effects of a narcotics overdose.
It may seem confusing that a person can develop an addiction to a drug that is meant to help a person recover from drug addiction. However, the reason behind this addictive tendency is relatively simple. The buprenorphine in suboxone is a narcotic pain killer and produces pleasant, mildly euphoric, and pain-relieving effects when consumed. The naloxone in the suboxone prevents a person from feeling the full effect of the narcotic medication. However, even the partial stimulation of the pleasure receptors in the nervous system can release endorphins and become addictive.
When a person becomes addicted to suboxone and begins abusing the medication, they can experience withdrawals in two ways. The first occurs when the addicted person tries to alter the means by which they take suboxone. Many people who abuse suboxone melt down the dissolvable strips into a liquid medication that can be injected intravenously. But the result of this action is that it enhances and amplifies the effects of the naloxone in the medication putting the drug user into immediate withdrawals. The other form of withdrawal is the most well-known, and is what occurs when the addicted person tries to quit using the drug. Withdrawal symptoms can include trouble concentrating, aches and pains, diarrhea, dizziness, and nausea.
If you develop an addiction to suboxone, the proper way to go through detox is to do so in a drug rehab center or treatment facility. This process is known as medical detox and can help patients to handle the severity of withdrawal symptoms as well as the potential for relapse for both the original and new drug addiction. Subsequent treatments include cognitive/behavioral therapy, family therapy, art and music therapies, yoga, and equine therapy.
While suboxone is a medication meant to help a person through the drug addiction detox and recovery process. However, the person may end up developing an addiction to that drug as well.
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