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Suboxone Addiction Treatment

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is the brand name for a prescription medication to treat opioid addiction. It has two ingredients: buprenorphine and naloxone. Combined, they reduce cravings for addictive opioids such as heroin, codeine, fentanyl, and oxycodone.

People who are undergoing treatment for opioid addiction usually take Suboxone to manage opioid withdrawal during detox. Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist, which prevents other opioids from burning to opioid receptors in the brain. But, naloxone is an opioid antagonist, so it blocks and reverses the effects of opioids on the nervous system.

The purpose of naloxone as an ingredient of Suboxone is to prevent people from overdosing on buprenorphine.

However, Suboxone is classified as a Schedule III controlled substance, a drug that has medical value yet also carries moderate risks for addiction. This is why doctors who prescribe Suboxone need a certification from the Department of Health and Human Services.


Suboxone Addiction Treatment Programs

While Suboxone can be very beneficial in the short-term, long-term Suboxone use often leads to the very same dependence and addiction meant to treat. Fortunately, it is possible to safely quit using Suboxone and live a life free of substance dependence.

Often, long-term users require a medical detox to manage the uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal, followed by opiate addiction treatment to address underlying causes of drug abuse.

Medical Detox

Heroin users feel obliged to continue using it due to the overwhelming physical symptoms that occur when they stop. These withdrawal symptoms can include intense cravings for heroin, profuse sweating, severe muscle aches, nausea and vomiting, cramping, crying, insomnia, chills, cold sweats, diarrhea, fever, and runny nose.

Individuals suffering from withdrawal symptoms following long-term heroin use are at risk for serious medical problems, including dehydration caused by excessive fluid loss. Since cravings are so intense and withdrawal symptoms are so uncomfortable during this period, users must seek supervised medical detox when quitting heroin use. During the detox process, medications such as Ativan or Methadone can alleviate the side effects.

Inpatient Program

After completing medical detox, the first step in Suboxone addiction treatment is to enter an inpatient recovery program. There are various programs and services during these early phases of therapy to help individuals achieve the highest possible level of success.

Intensive Outpatient Program

Long-term treatment is linked to progress in recovery. That’s part of why Lighthouse Recovery Institute provides intensive outpatient treatment to patients who complete Suboxone Residential Drug Rehab or Inpatient (Partial Hospitalization) drug rehab successfully. Individuals in this program have the flexibility for scheduling around work and other daily responsibilities.

Outpatient Program

Outpatient drug rehab or aftercare treatment is offered to anyone that meets specific criteria. Our recovery center addresses substance abuse recovery with a long-term mindset. We know how devastating opioid drugs can be, so our treatment facility offers aftercare programs that offer extensive support for the early days of recovery.

Dual Diagnosis Program

The most effective treatment for Suboxone addiction will include a personalized treatment plan that addresses any underlying mental health issues or trauma. This is why as part of treatment, we often recommend our dual diagnosis program to patients with co-occurring mental health disorders.

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While Suboxone is potentially addictive, the risk of becoming addicted to Suboxone is less than the risk of becoming addicted to other opioids. however, Suboxone is still finding its way to the streets, which is driving the number of addiction cases up.

Addictive Effects of Suboxone

Withdrawal from Suboxone can be unpleasant in many of the same ways as withdrawal from other opiates. Long-time users may experience nausea, vomiting, muscle aches and cramps, difficulty sleeping, depression, anxiety, cravings, chills and sweats, restlessness, and other uncomfortable side effects when they abruptly quit taking the drug.

Suboxone withdrawal, unlike withdrawal from other opiates, is prolonged and may last several weeks to a month. For long-term users of Suboxone, one of the significant risks is that they may experience cravings for other opiates such as heroin when they attempt to stop using the drug. Individuals who wish to quit using Suboxone must seek professional medical detox and drug treatment to avoid a relapse into opiate use.

Effects of Suboxone

Even though Suboxone contains naloxone, it can still lead to abuse. Users may misuse their prescription by taking more than the prescribed dose, injecting or snorting it (depending on the formulation), or alternating Suboxone use with the use of other opiates such as heroin or OxyContin.

When people mix Suboxone with other drugs, like benzodiazepines or even with alcohol, it can increase the effects of both substances and lead to dangerous side effects, including respiratory depression. The most common side effects of Suboxone include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea
  • Sweating

These side effects can be life-changing. Some of these include overdoses, impaired judgment, and damage to many of the body’s major organ systems, including the central nervous system.

Anti-Craving Treatment Medication

To help addicts manage cravings and prevent relapse, we offer non-addictive anti-craving medications to patients through the early stages of the recovery process in our medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program.

Talk to an Admission Specialist

At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we want our patients to feel comfortable in their environment to remain focused on what is truly important, their recovery. We’re here to answer any questions you might have about the risks of drug abuse and to learn more about alcohol or drugs addiction treatment.


Our Suboxone Addiction Treatment Center

At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we offer Suboxone addiction treatment for individuals suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Whether you began using Suboxone or Methadone to quit another opiate or abused it recreationally, we provide comprehensive treatment to give you the best foundation for long-term sobriety and success.

Opioid drugs like Suboxone and methadone can reduce the debilitating effects of withdrawal and blunt the craving for more opioids. In many cases, it is the lesser of two evils.

Treating Suboxone addiction involves weekly individual therapy, five days a week of group therapy, medication management, relapse prevention, vocational support, relationship therapy, trauma and grief and loss resolution, and many other therapeutic modules. It is possible to live a productive life free of dependence on any substance, regardless of how you developed it.

Will Insurance Cover Suboxone Rehab?

There are many insurance plans on the market today and most, if not all, of the costs of Suboxone addiction treatment. If you or a loved one is considering entering Suboxone addiction treatment and looking to obtain detailed information about the treatment process, we can be of assistance.

Depending on what type of insurance plan you have, you might have full coverage for medical benefits, substance use, and mental health with little to no money out of pocket. For more information about your insurance plan, call our trained and compassionate staff now. We are here to work with you and your family to answer questions about insurance and otherwise assist you as you navigate this process toward freedom a new life free from addiction.

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Are all programs the same?

No. Our addiction treatment programs are designed and personalized to match your individual needs and your addiction.

Is alcohol rehab the same?

No. While the structure might be similar, alcohol addiction affects the brain differently, and we follow specific therapies and treatment programs designed to help those with alcohol use disorder.

Is family involved in treatment?

If possible. At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we believe family inclusion in treatment is critical for long-term recovery. Whenever possible, we’ll do our best to incorporate family members into the treatment process. We’ll also assist family members who might be challenging to cope with their loved ones being in rehab. People in recovery need the support of family and friends to make progress, so we often invite family members to form support groups during therapy.

Do you use medications?

If needed. For specific addictions, a medication-assisted treatment program might be beneficial, particularly during the early recovery stages. Medications can help ease withdrawal symptoms, control cravings, and make the recovery process easier on those in treatment.

How long is the treatment?

It depends. Our rehab programs are personalized to address your needs. However, most of our programs range in the 60- to 90-day, with many choosing continuum care after leaving rehab. 

Is detox mandatory?

Most of our patients come to our rehab center after completing our drug and alcohol detox program. Someone must be no longer using substances to start a rehab program. Otherwise, withdrawal symptoms can interfere with treatment and make progress too challenging.

We are here to support you during your time of need and help you make the best decision for yourself or your loved one.