There are many different reasons that people become addicted to prescription drugs. With that being said, sometimes the cause is due to the person constantly being in a lot of bodily pain. Because of that reason, many people around the globe have fallen prey to different types of opioids. Opioids are popular because they have the ability to reduce both the perception of pain and the reaction to the pain.
Others may use this type of drug because it has the innate ability to give the person a type of euphoria as well as have the person experience unpleasant symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, constipation and worse…overdose. Also, when a person uses opioids the drug attaches itself to the brain and activates nerve cells which will trigger the release of abnormal amounts of dopamine that is associated with that learning process that a person has and over a period of time the person brain chemistry will begin to change and cause them to use more opioids to try and restore their dopamine levels.
When persons have become addicted to opioids, one of the most common treatments is buprenorphine. This drug will first displace other opioids as the receptors in the brain and then make it impossible for other opioids to take place to the receptors in the brain. However, the use of buprenorphine is not without its risk. Sometimes people will come dependent upon the drug and often they will abuse it thus, now having to find their themselves going through a period of buprenorphine withdrawal.
The withdrawal symptoms of buprenorphine can be very similar to the withdrawal symptoms of the street drug, heroin, but the symptoms of the withdrawal are not as severe. The victim may experience headaches, nausea, or even a change in their normal sleeping patterns, to name a few. The worst of the withdrawal phase will generally take place in the first few days after ceasing the medication, however, they can experience many different mild symptoms in the aftermath that may last for several weeks.
Depending on the severity of a person’s addiction to opioids and their individual needs, treatment will be provided on either an inpatient or outpatient clinic. And the treatment process will also depend on the victim’s history of substance abuse and their current medical needs. Sometime the doctor at the clinic will taper off the use of buprenorphine if the person is taking it because they were addicted to heroin or drugs such as oxycodone. Or he or she may find it necessary to prescribe a different type of prescription drug if the person begins to experience difficulty with buprenorphine.
For those folks that do not have a prescription from the doctor for buprenorphine may be encouraged to detox from heroin and oxycodone via therapy designed especially for substance abuse. When the patients reduce their buprenorphine dose or detox from the medication they will begin to meet with treatment professionals to address any issues and concerns that they may have with becoming dependent or addicted to the drug. These clinics can offer both inpatient and outpatient support in order to help people overcome any type of strong urges to use again and also to help them be able to better manage other difficulties that they may experience such as mental or physical health conditions.
The person’s rehab plan will be designed to help the individual meet their specific needs and will be focused around the use of support groups, family therapy, and recreational activities.
Therefore, if you know that you or someone that you love can benefit from substance abuse treatment and buprenorphine withdrawal, please contact the nearest clinic in your area.
Dr. Cidambi is a leader in addiction treatment and innovator of safe and effective ambulatory (outpatient) detoxification level of care for alcohol, benzodiazepines, opiates, and suboxone. Prior to founding the Center for Network Therapy, she completed her residency in Psychiatry at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn and an Addiction Medicine Fellowship at NYU/Bellevue Hospital in New York. Due to the successful detoxification program, Dr. Cidambi was featured frequently by media outlets, including NPR, CBS, NY Times, and Wall Street Journal.