Suboxone is a controlled substance that is used as a part of a comprehensive addiction recovery program. By slowly replacing the opioid medications (prescription or illegal) that an individual is addicted to with Suboxone, they will supposedly wean off of their drugs more easily and ease their harsh withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone drug contains the active ingredients buprenorphine and naloxone and it is more accessible than other medications.
Suboxone clinics are facilities where this “weaning off” process takes place. Individuals are monitored by medical professionals who prescribe the Suboxone to them. Although, how long does Suboxone last? Well, since the person will eventually have to wean off of the Suboxone too, individuals need to be aware of the potential Suboxone addiction that they can form after their initial opioid addiction. For this reason, Suboxone clinics could actually be harming your loved one’s recovery.
How Does Suboxone Work?
Suboxone serves as a temporary option replacement since it has some of the characteristics as opioid drugs, but it isn’t quite as addictive. The drug works by partially filling the opioid receptors in the brain, which is what makes the transition off of opioids smoother. Also, if other opioids are taken while also taking Suboxone, individuals won’t feel the same “high” since the Suboxone is blocking the brain’s receptors. Even though Suboxone is a “safer alternative” to opioid medications because it does not produce the same “reward” that opioids do, it is still addictive.
Dangers of Suboxone
One of the dangers that stem from Suboxone use are the many side effects that individuals may experience. Some of these side effects include mouth numbness, drowsiness, headaches, dizziness, pain in the mouth, tingling or numbness, trouble concentrating, sleeping problems, stomach pain, vomiting, constipation, or feeling “drunk.” The more serious side effects that can come as a result of Suboxone use are fainting, hallucinations, extreme drowsiness, irregular heartbeat, mood swings, severe dizziness, or slowed breathing.
Suboxone withdrawal occurs when your body is used to consuming the drug so often that it cannot function properly without it anymore. Some symptoms of Suboxone withdrawal may include nausea/vomiting, body aches, sweating, indigestion, headaches, anxiety/depression, fever, and drug cravings. These withdrawal symptoms can keep an individual coming back for more in order to avoid these experiences. The symptoms are usually the worst in the first 72 hours of not taking the drug, but cravings and depression can last up to a month.
Another reason that Suboxone clinics could be harming your loved one’s recovery is that these facilities often result in “pill mills,” which are when these clinics are helping addicts for the wrong reasons. They may be in business for the wrong reasons; not to help your loved one in their addiction recovery process, but to gain a larger profit for themselves.
Dr. Ted Parran of Saint Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio explains, “When you see exponential growth in a clinical service, then there probably is a huge margin in terms of profit. It’s called capitalism. But when capitalism calls for asking for cash from desperate addicts, then you have to worry about whether the appropriate services are being provided.”
Suboxone is a well-known street drug, and many drug dealers may utilize these Suboxone clinics for their benefit. Kyle Berry is a recovering drug addict from Grove City and he explained how he saw this process first-hand. “Drug dealers happily front the money for so-called ‘cash-n-carry’ clinic visits in exchange for a share of the Suboxone. Or, the addicts sell it themselves, typically $15 5o $20 for one of the ‘film strips’ or pills,” said Kyle.
Suboxone clinics may be harming your loved one’s recovery because they are in business for the wrong reasons. If you or a loved one is suffering from opioid or Suboxone addiction, don’t hesitate to get help right away! Call SAFE Prevention at 1-877-503-2608 to learn more about addiction prevention and treatment.