Opiates are among the most addictive substances in the U.S. So many people are being prescribed painkillers, whether it be for acute pain or chronic pain, and end up having addiction by the time they are done with their prescription. The main drug found in most prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin and Percocet, is an opioid called Oxycodone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 46 people die every day from overdoses involving prescription opioids. In 2017, prescription opioids continue to contribute to the epidemic in the U.S. – they were involved in more than 35% of all opioid overdose deaths.
Those who are prescribed to pain meds may have pain that came from a sports injury or a car accident. Or maybe had surgery and was prescribed painkillers. Many people who have an opioid addiction started out using pain medication due to their chronic pain. Innocently enough they were given prescribed pain medication to treat their pain such as, Codeine, Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, Oxycodone just to name a few, and grew dependent on it. It is known that if pain medication is taken for more than a couple of weeks, you could become dependent on the medication.
First, you may take more than prescribed because the pain may be unbearable or maybe you started to have a higher tolerance therefore, the prescribed dose does not produce the same effect.
Signs and Symptoms of Buprenorphine Withdrawal
Many of the signs and symptoms of substance abuse are similar and once identified, one may be able to help a friend or a family member. Here are some signs to look out for on how to know you are living with someone who is addicted to opiates:
Psychological Signs of Buprenorphine Addiction:
- Dependency: One cannot stop using for a long period.
- Obsession: A person with addiction may come obsessed with using, and spending all their energy finding ways and means of using.
- Rewarding or way to deal with problems: A person will find any excuse to use. From rewarding themselves for getting through the workweek or because they fought with their spouse.
- Overuse: One may take large amounts in short periods.
How to Safely Detox From Opioids
To detox from opiates, you can go many different routes. Such options for detoxing off pain meds include therapy, group support groups, natural herbs, cold turkey, and many more, but the one medication that has proven to be the best at safely getting addicts off opiates with little to no withdrawal symptoms is Buprenorphine.
Buprenorphine is used specifically for opioid addiction. It usually comes by the name Subutex or Suboxone. Suboxone is known to be preferred of the two because it discourages abuse and can block the user from getting high.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NIH), Suboxone is the combination of buprenorphine and naloxone that are used to treat opioid dependence (addiction to opioid drugs, including heroin and narcotic painkillers). Buprenorphine is in a class of medications called opioid partial agonist-antagonists and naloxone is in a class of medications called opioid antagonists. Buprenorphine alone and the combination of buprenorphine and naloxone work to prevent withdrawal symptoms when someone stops taking opioid drugs by producing similar effects to these drugs.
How Addictive is Buprenorphine?
Buprenorphine, although it is less known to be abused, it is still, like most prescribed drugs, can be abused and form a dependency and addiction. When Buprenorphine is not being used as a component of a drug abuse treatment program, it is known to be used by heroin users in between doses so they don’t go through withdrawal. It is also been used as a primary drug when a user is seeking an opioid-like high by inmates due to its ease of being sneaked into prisons.
So just like other opioids, you can go through painful withdrawal when you stop using them. And since it is an opioid, it has similar withdrawal symptoms and that’s why a medical buprenorphine detox is needed to safely get off this drug.
Symptoms of withdrawal from buprenorphine can include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle/body aches
- Insomnia or drowsiness
- Anxiety, depression, and irritability
- Fever or chills
- Difficulty concentrating
Symptoms can have different severity depending on how long the user has been taking Buprenorphine as well as how much the user has been taking.
Treatment for Buprenorphine Dependence
At Allure Detox, we specialize in helping opioid addicts that want to safely get off Buprenorphine. Whether you’re abusing it to get high, or are on a long-term maintenance plan and can’t stop using it on our own, our specialists are here to help. Our Buprenorphine detox in West Palm Beach, Florida, follows a medically-assisted detox approach to ensure your withdrawal symptoms are minimized.