Suboxone Addiction Treatment
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What is Suboxone?
The Food and Drug Administration approved a new medication for use in treating opioid addiction known as Suboxone in 2002. For many years prior, doctors and treatment professionals had used Subutex, a similar drug that contained buprenorphine, to treat opioid addiction and cravings. Since buprenorphine is a “partial opioid agonist.” Being an opioid agonist means that it is an opioid and works on the opioid receptors in the brain, like heroin or morphine, but that it typically doesn’t produce the same “high” and has a “ceiling effect,” or a point at which taking more of the drug does not produce any increase in effects.
Suboxone was introduced as a “safe alternative” to Subutex, which was commonly abused due to its opiate-like effects. Suboxone contains the same active ingredient buprenorphine along with naloxone, a drug that blocks the “high” of opiates. Many believed that this new formulation would provide effective treatment for opioid addiction while minimizing the risk of abuse of the medication and addiction. Suboxone is currently available in sublingual strips or pills that are meant to dissolve under the tongue.
Suboxone Addiction Treatment Programs
Inpatient Suboxone Treatment
After completing medical detox, the first step in Suboxone addiction treatment is to enter an inpatient recovery program. There are a variety of programs and services often provided during these early phases of therapy to help the individual achieve the highest possible level of success.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment
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 flexibility for scheduling around work and other daily responsibilities.
Anti-Craving Treatment Medications
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.
Addictive Effects of Suboxone
Unfortunately, Suboxone can be just as addictive as any other opioid. For many opiate addicts, it can be a beneficial medication during the detox period. During acute opioid withdrawal, users experience a host of unpleasant and painful symptoms, such as vomiting and diarrhea, restlessness, muscle aches, cramps, pain, and extreme cravings. Low, short-term doses of Suboxone can ease these symptoms, block the effects of other opiates (removing the incentive for the addict to use their drug of choice, such as heroin, and eliminate cravings.
In many medical detox facilities, Suboxone is used as a short-term medication to help addicts through the detox process. This process is often called a “Suboxone taper,” and it usually lasts between three and six days, with decreasing doses each day.
In many cases, however, Suboxone is used as a long-term solution to opioid addiction. Recovering addicts may receive prescriptions for months and years at a time in what’s known as “maintenance therapy.” In these cases, Suboxone is used to replace the addict’s drug of choice. Unfortunately, while this may help some addicts cease use of drugs like heroin and prescription painkillers, Suboxone is also an addictive drug and can cause adverse long-term effects.
Suboxone Detox and Withdrawal
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 when they attempt to stop using the drug, they may experience cravings for other opiates such as heroin. It is essential that individuals who wish to quit using Suboxone 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 be abused. 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 Suboxone is combined along with other substances, like benzodiazepines such as Xanax, Valium, or even with alcohol, it can increase effects of both substances and lead to dangerous side effects. 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.
Suboxone Treatment and Rehab
While Suboxone can be very beneficial in the short-term, long-term Suboxone use often leads to the very same dependence and addiction that it was initially used 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 dependence and help addicts achieve long-term recovery.
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, Subutex, or Methadone to quit another opiate or abused it recreationally, we provide comprehensive treatment to provide you with the best foundation for long-term sobriety and success.
Treating Suboxone addiction involves weekly individual therapy, 5 days a week of group therapy weekly, 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. Call now and take the first step towards changing your life.
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 are looking to obtain detailed information about the treatment process, then 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.