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The Ugly Truth about Suboxone Withdrawal

Suboxone Withdrawal

Getting off Suboxone stinks. That’s the simple truth about coming off this opioid. Suboxone withdrawal symptoms are unpleasant and last for longer than “normal” opioid withdrawal. Subutex withdrawal isn’t much better (I explore the differences between the two below).

I say this as a former addict and someone who now works in addiction treatment. You’ll get a lot of opinions about Suboxone withdrawal. There’s the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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I think it’s important to emphasis the bad and the ugly, as well as the good, to give everyone an accurate picture of what buprenorphine (Suboxone’s chemical name) withdrawal is really like.

So, let’s get right into it. Find out the truth about Suboxone detox below.

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Suboxone Withdrawal Symptoms

Suboxone withdrawal symptoms aren’t pleasant. Truth be told, many addicts continue using simply to avoid the pain of detox. I know that was a driving force for me. After starting Suboxone and Subutex for “management” of my addiction, I found myself just as physically hooked as when using heroin.

Personal experience aside, find a list of various Suboxone withdrawal symptoms below. Remember though, everyone reacts differently to drugs. You may not experience all of these Suboxone detox symptoms.

Common Suboxone Withdrawal Symptoms include:

• Insomnia

• Irritability

• Sweating & Shaking

• Nausea & Vomiting

• Diarrhea

• Restless Leg Syndrome

• Anxiety & Depression

• Muscle, Joint & Bone Pain

• Raised Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

• Raised Heart Rate (Tachycardia)

The best advice I can give for helping manage the above Suboxone withdrawal symptoms is to seek professional help! This can be from a doctor, a hospital, a detox, or an addiction treatment center.

Remember, the actual Suboxone detox is only your first step towards recovery. There’s much more introspection and self-searching that needs to be done. Don’t suffer alone. Help is only a phone call away!

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Suboxone vs. Subutex Withdrawal

There’s an important distinction to make between Suboxone and Subutex withdrawal. Although these two drugs sound similar, and in fact are very similar, they have slightly a different chemical make up and detox symptoms.

Suboxone is a brand name pill made up of a mixture of buprenorphine and the opioid antagonist naloxone (commonly referred to as Narcan). The combination of an opioid and an “anti-opioid” is to deter abuse. Suboxone is available as a tablet, an injectable solution, and a sublingual film.

Subutex, on the other hand, is pure buprenorphine. It contains no other active chemicals. This makes it slightly more addicting than Suboxone, as well as, in theory, harder to detox from.

We’ve laid out common Suboxone withdrawal symptoms above, but what about Subutex withdrawal? How does it compare to its chemical cousin? Does it produce a worse detox or a milder one?

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Well, having abused both AND used both to help wean myself off heroin, I can safely say that Subutex withdrawal is milder than Suboxone withdrawal. I don’t know why. All signs point to Subutex detox being worse…but it isn’t.

I experienced fewer symptoms during Subutex withdrawal and it was shorter. Probably the most notable difference was my anxiety level. On Suboxone, and detoxing from it, my anxiety was through the roof. With Subutex, on the other hand, I had minimal anxiety. This was true even during the soul-crushing period us addicts call detox.

I couldn’t tell you why. Better minds than mine may be able to. All I can offer is my experience, strength, and hope. Speaking of hope, let’s shift our attention to how to get off Suboxone once and for all!

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How to Get Off Suboxone For Good!

Having explored common Suboxone withdrawal symptoms and the difference between Subutex and Suboxone detox, the only area left to cover is how to get off Suboxone.

While this question may seem like a no brainer, it’s a bit trickier than simply detoxing and calling it a day. Addiction, be it to Suboxone, heroin, cocaine, or anything else, requires time and treatment to overcome. It requires a physical care component, a mental health component, a life skills component, and a spiritual health component.

In short, it requires something called Comprehensive Addiction Treatment. Thankfully, that’s the banner that we operate under at Lighthouse Recovery Institute. We offer comprehensive addiction treatment in a gender-specific setting. This allows for mental and emotional growth that’s unparalleled.

You want to know how to get off Suboxone? Simple – seek out the best professional help available. Will that make getting off Suboxone easy? Nope. It will, however, make it possible. And possible, ladies and gentleman, is the first step towards health and happiness. Remember, we can all change!

A Legal Drug with Nasty Withdrawals

Percocet Withdrawal

Percocet is a semisynthetic opioid painkiller. It affects the body and brain the same way as heroin, morphine, or any illegal narcotic. That is to say, it produces a relaxing and warm euphoria. Like all other opioids, Percocet is also incredibly physically addicting.

percocet withdrawal

Once hooked, users looking to quit have to endure the nightmare experience of Percocet withdrawal. I’ll list the specific symptoms below, but suffice it to say that Percocet withdrawal isn’t pretty.

Like any opioid detox, it’s an uncomfortable experience. In fact, many recovering addicts note that they kept using longer than they should have simply to avoid withdrawal.

So, how can Percocet withdrawal symptoms be eased? How can we, as men and women in recovery, help the addict who still suffers? That’s exactly what this article sets out to answer.

Remember, the more you know, the more you can help. If you’re thinking about quitting Percocet, or have a loved one in the grips of Percocet withdrawal, read on. Below, I’ll break down the common symptoms of Percocet detox and offer practical advice to make this tough time just a bit easier.

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Percocet Withdrawal Symptoms

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – detox symptoms vary greatly from person to person. No two people react the same way to any chemical. So, it’s important to remember that the following Percocet withdrawal symptoms are general.

You, or a loved one, may or may not experience the following symptoms. Regardless, seeking professional help during Percocet detox is recommended. This will help easy nasty symptoms and also give you the best shot at long-term recovery.

Percocet withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Agitation
  • Sneezing & a Runny Nose
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Cramping
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Pain All Over the Body

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Doesn’t sound too pleasant, right? The question now becomes how to best help someone experiencing these Percocet withdrawal symptoms. After all, if the fear of detox is enough to keep addicts high, something needs to be done!

This is where drug and alcohol treatment, as well as twelve-step support, steps into the picture.

Freedom From Percocet

If you’re struggling with Percocet addiction, there’s hope! While detoxing isn’t going to be fun, it’s within grasp of everyone. There are medical detox facilities that specialize in weaning people off of Percocet. There are inpatient, outpatient, and all other sorts of drug rehabs. In short, there are a lot of options.

So, if you’re experiencing Percocet withdrawal symptoms, fear not! Help is as easy as picking up the phone. Give Lighthouse a call at 1-844-I-CAN-CHANGE or 1-(561)-381-0015.

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You’ll be connected to one of our caring and expert admission coordinators. They’ll be happy to share their experience, strength, and hope about overcoming Percocet addiction. They’ll also be happy to discuss all of your options. Why wait? Call Lighthouse today!

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