Suboxone Withdrawal and Treatment
Going through a rough time with suboxone? This article will guide you through the symptoms and how you can control it. It also explains how you can handle the effects without using additional opioids.
So, what is suboxone? This is a substance which is used on patients to help them deal with effects resulting from usage of opiate. The medication itself is partially an opioid containing buprenorphine and naloxone.
It is first used to address withdrawal symptoms from opiates in the detoxification phase of treatment.
After detoxification has been completed, it is used in the stabilization and maintenance treatment phases of treatment as it addresses cravings for opiates effectively. This helps prevent relapse.
Due to the presence of naloxone, Suboxone cannot be abused.
After being on Suboxone in maintenance treatment phase for a while, many individuals want to come off of Suboxone as they now feel confident that they have solidified their recovery to a point where they do not need the help of any medications to lead a drug-free life.
If an individual stops the use of Suboxone cold turkey there may be some physical withdrawal, but the psychological symptoms may be more acute. Consequently, it is not advisable to attempt to come off of Suboxone on their own but enter a detoxification program.
Symptoms of Suboxone Withdrawal
- Depression and irritability
- Nausea and vomiting
- Fever, headaches and muscle aches
- Drug cravings, chills,and sweating
- Anxiety and concentration problems
- Digestive stress
Just like any other treatment process, the physical symptoms are more evident within the first one or two weeks. However, after a month, the physical effects start fading away, but the mental problems, for example, depression, may last longer.
It is important that those recovering patients who have stopped taking Suboxone to continue seeing their doctors as regularly as possible. This is because one of the major effects of suboxone is craving for the drug, even after you stop taking it. Going without a therapy session, therefore, may lead to relapse into drug usage.
The fear of relapsing on opiates due to abstinence from Suboxone is anxiety provoking. The staff at CNT is very experienced in administering a Suboxone taper by effectively addressing the physical and psychological aspects to stopping the use of Suboxone.
An outpatient taper program delivers far better results relative to an inpatient one as it allows the individual coming off of Suboxone to be in touch with their real living environment in order to gauge their ability to stay sober after the Suboxone taper is concluded.
Getting out of the Addiction without Medication
Some patients get addicted to suboxone in the process of medication. In such instances, suboxone is considered ineffective and treatment free of medication is encouraged.
This treatment process involves a team of professionals who have knowledge and skills to help you overcome the addiction.
Ensure the professionals at the treatment center can help in the following ways:
- Ready to come up with effective ways, specially meant to deal with the patient’s condition
- Have enough education and experience in the treatment of substance abuse
- Be ready to provide long-term support
- Have knowledge on the causes of the patient’s condition
This method of treatment may take longer but is effective at establishing complete sobriety.
Some of the characteristics of this method include:
- Support from peers and people who have experienced a similar situation
- Therapy sessions to follow up on the progress, during and after recovery.
- Physical therapeutic sessions
- Experienced and highly knowledgeable professionals
The most important part of this kind of treatment is therapy. The length and intensity of the sessions, however, depend on how much the patient had been addicted, the patient’s rate of recovery and the goals required.
The session may include:
- Evaluation and assessment
- Unique treatment plan
- Personal therapy
- Individualized case management
- Group therapy sessions
- Peer support
- Holistic therapies
- Long-term after are and support
Other Ways to Cope with Withdrawal Symptoms:
- Engaging in social activities
- Acceptance and adaptation of the situation
Dealing with the process of withdrawal is sometimes difficult. However, choosing the best method to deal with is important.
The right treatment program in managing withdrawal symptoms can help speed up the recovery process for patients who have problems of substance abuse.
The Center for Network Therapy (CNT) is arguably the country’s most trusted expert in outpatient detoxification and taper. Along with titration taper off of Suboxone, intense therapy and administration of other supportive (non-addictive) medications may be called for to address psychological symptoms.
It is best left in the hands of experts with deep experience in administering a Suboxone taper.
For more details about our treatments, please contact us right away at 732 560 1080 or go to RecoveryCNT.com.