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.
Detoxing from Suboxone
There are many ways an addict can detox from opiates such as 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 Suboxone.
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.
Is There a Taper Protocol for Suboxone?
Just like most prescribed drugs, Suboxone can be abused and form a dependency and addiction. When Suboxone is not being used as a component of a drug abuse treatment program, it has been known to be used by heroin users in between doses so they don’t go through withdrawal.
When tapering off Suboxone, many people experience withdrawal symptoms, such as low energy, low appetite, irritability, and insomnia. A good tapering schedule, however, will help reduce their severity. No reduction should be attempted until all withdrawal has subsided from the last dosage reduction.
Tapering by Using Medication-Assisted Therapy
At Allure Detox, we can start you on your tapering schedule with our MAT program but It is best to work with your doctor and treatment team, after you leave our facility, to create a tapering schedule that will be most effective for your total recovery. Although treatment plans may vary from one individual patient to another, the recommended daily dose reduction is usually no more than 25%, with no more than a 4 mg reduction per day.
Tapering plans may vary in length because as mentioned before everyone is different and therefore need different plans. So, while one plan may reduce each Suboxone dose daily, another plan may reduce each Suboxone dose every 2 or 3 days. These differing dose reduction schedules mean that the Suboxone tapering plan for one person may end up being 28 days or longer, while for another person the tapering plan may be as short as 7 days.
Begin your recovery with medical detox from Suboxone at Allure Detox. When it comes to Allure Detox, we provide much more than the bare minimum. Of course, we help clients stop using safely – that’s just a given. Almost as important as that, though, is that we offer clients the foundation for a lifetime of relief and recovery.
Treatment for Suboxone Dependence
That’s the Allure Detox promise: that patients leave our care with more than good health at their disposal. Our focus is on minimizing your withdrawal symptoms to a comfortable level while beginning the comprehensive treatment process that will keep you sober.