What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a drug prescribed for two reasons: it relieves chronic pain and helps to treat opioid dependency. Suboxone contains two active ingredients: buprenorphine and naloxone, which work together to either relieve chronic pain or serve as an opioid replacement for an individual. Many people who are being professionally treated for opioid addiction may benefit from being prescribed Suboxone as an opioid replacement since it has less of a risk for abuse, but individuals can still become addicted to Suboxone.
What are the Pros and Cons of Suboxone?
PROS — Suboxone helps individuals abstain from opioid drugs due to the fact that it helps to ease their harsh withdrawal symptoms to avoid their chances of relapse, it does not have the same addictive qualities that other opioids do such as euphoric feelings and pleasure, and individuals do not typically form tolerances to Suboxone because it results in a “ceiling” effect, meaning that it does not produce additive effects with increased use. Individuals can benefit by using Suboxone because it is a less addictive replacement for opioids.
CONS — Although Suboxone may help in the opioid addiction treatment process, the user may still become addicted to Suboxone itself. Suboxone is classified as a Schedule III drug by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) since it still has a moderate to low potential for abuse. Suboxone can be bought on the streets without a prescription (making the drug illegal) in the form of a powder to be snorted. When trying to “wean off” of suboxone, the user may experience mild withdrawal symptoms that make them stay on the drug in order to avoid. Suboxone still has the potential for abuse.
What are the Side Effects of Suboxone?
There are many Suboxone side effects that individuals should be aware of. Common side effects include coughing, dizziness, lightheadedness, flushing and redness of the face and neck, fever, chills, headache, lower back pain, sweating, stuffy or runny nose, or difficulty urinating. Certain behavioral side effects may also be experienced by Suboxone users, which may include anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Overdose is also a side effect of Suboxone, which is recognized by lowered blood pressure and heart rate, clammy and cold skin, and slowed breathing. In extreme cases, Suboxone may result in unconsciousness, coma, and cardiac arrest.
How Can Someone Receive Suboxone Treatment?
Detox — detoxification, or the tapering off process, helps the body to safely detach from Suboxone once the body has developed a physical dependence on it. Detoxing is usually administered and monitored by a medical professional. The drug is given in small doses that decrease over time until the person is completely tapered off of it.
Therapy — It is important to involve various forms of therapy into an addiction treatment program. By participating in individual and family counseling sessions, support groups, behavioral therapy, life skills training, practicing spirituality, and other holistic approaches intertwined with detoxification, individuals will be better equipped to manage their addiction to avoid relapse in the future.
Education — Becoming educated on how to treat, prevent, and manage Suboxone addiction is crucial to achieving long-term success. Organizations such as SAFE (Stop Addiction with Family Education) work to provide families with resources to help their loved ones suffering from drug addiction. Learning about how addiction works, how to manage addiction, and how to avoid relapse are necessary for achieving long-term sobriety.
If you or a loved one is suffering from Suboxone addiction, call Safe Prevention at 1-877-503-2608. At Safe Prevention, you can find the resources you need to learn about addiction treatment and prevention. Call to get started on your journey to a healthy lifestyle today!