Buprenorphine is an opioid medication that is most commonly used for the treatment of severe opioid abuse disorders. This medication might also be prescribed for the treatment of acute or chronic pain. When used to treat opioid addiction, buprenorphine is typically administered at the onset of withdrawal symptoms, and use is discontinued by the end of the first week of withdrawal. This medication is most commonly combined with naloxone and administered under the brand name Suboxone.
What is Buprenorphine?
Many medically modern detox facilities and inpatient treatment centers utilize this medication for the treatment of severe opioid withdrawal symptoms, because it is relatively safe to use and because it has a somewhat low potential for abuse. However, this does not mean that buprenorphine is not abused. When taken other than as prescribed or in higher doses than prescribed for an extended period, buprenorphine can be addictive. This is because when it is consumed in extremely high doses it does produce a sort of high – one that resembles the high linked to heroin and prescription painkillers, but is far less intense.
Risks of Getting High on Buprenorphine
In short – yes, you can get high on buprenorphine. However, when used outside of a medical detox center or residential drug rehab, this medication is typically used to alleviate symptoms of withdrawal associated with heroin – men and women who are actively suffering from opioid addiction rarely seek out Suboxone as a “first choice.” It has been repeatedly found that men and women who are in recovery for painkiller addiction – such as an addiction to oxycodone or hydrocodone – are the most likely to abuse Suboxone that they are prescribed.
They might rationalize taking a higher dose than recommended by their doctor, convincing themselves that because the medication is prescribed, it is safe to use in large quantities. Of course, taking any medication other than prescribed is considered drug abuse, and doing so is always far from safe. If you have been taking Suboxone in an attempt to get high, reaching out for professional help is extremely important. If you have abused Suboxone in the past and you are entering into a treatment program for an opioid abuse disorder, be sure to communicate with the on-staff doctors and let them know that buprenorphine is better avoided.
Treatment for Addiction to Buprenorphine
At Allure Detox, we do utilize Medication Assisted Treatment when we deem doing so necessary. When combined with intensive behavioral therapy, MAT often proves extremely beneficial in alleviating symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal (and post-acute opioid withdrawal). However, we thoroughly screen each client upon admission to our detox program – if the MAT is not crucial, we will take less invasive routes to provide a safe and pain-free opioid detox experience. If you are addicted to buprenorphine, our clinical team follows a safe taper process to wean you off the medication in a supervised setting.
Safe Medication-Assisted Treatment
Medication-Assisted Treatment is safe when the medication is administered in a controlled and closely monitored setting. In some cases, men and women who have been struggling with opiate addiction will attempt to quit on their own in an at-home setting. They might obtain buprenorphine from a friend or relative, and administer it themselves – this is when the potential for abuse is the highest, and this should never be attempted. If you have been struggling with opiate addiction, admitting yourself into a medical detox program for a short period is always the best option.
Allure Detox and Long-Term Recovery
Allure Detox is one of Southern Florida’s premier medical detox centers and is centrally located in the heart of beautiful West Palm Beach. We utilize a variety of evidence-based approaches and provide a comprehensive level of clinical care that cannot be found in any hospital detox setting. We tackle all of the implications of opioid addiction simultaneously, meaning that in addition to offering around-the-clock medical care, we offer therapy and a range of other recovery-related services.
For more information on our opioid detox program, give us a call any time of the day or night. We are standing by to help you start on your long-term journey of opioid addiction recovery.