Million Americans suffer from pain. There are two types of pain: acute pain and chronic pain. Acute pain is a sprained ankle that heals up in a few weeks. Chronic pain can last a lifetime. Chronic pain does not just mean that the pain lasts longer than the time it takes for the body to heal; it is a considered a disease that impairs function, distorts the nervous system, migrates to other areas of the body, and can impact moods and decrease a person’s overall quality of life.
Some of this pain may come from a sports injury or a car accident. You may have had surgery and was prescribed painkillers. Many addicts with 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.
Suboxone Helps with Opioid Addiction
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.
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 Suboxone Dependency
- 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.
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.
Abuse of Suboxone is Dangerous
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. It has also been known to be 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 withdrawals when you stop using them. And since it is an opioid, it has similar withdrawal symptoms.
Symptoms of withdrawal from Suboxone can include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle/body aches
- Insomnia or drowsiness
- Anxiety, depression, and irritability
- Fever or chills
- Difficulty concentrating
Suboxone withdrawal symptoms can have different severity depending on how long the user has been taking Suboxone as well as the dosing.
We are Here to Help with Suboxone Addiction
At Allure Detox, we specialize in helping opioid addicts that want to safely get off Suboxone. 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 Suboxone detox in West Palm Beach, Florida, follows a medically-assisted detox approach to ensure your withdrawal symptoms are minimized.