Suboxone Withdrawal Symptoms and Signs
Buprenorphine and Naloxone are medications combined to form the synthetic opiate suboxone. This medication helps to counteract the withdrawal effects of opiates and heroin. Unlike some drugs, the Naloxone stops the euphoric feelings that one may get from taking buprenorphine alone.
Suboxone is meant to be used by a client that is under the direction of a physician, and who is actively enrolled in a drug treatment program. While this drug is meant to be used with a tapering method to get people off opiates, it can be abused too. Although it won’t create the same “high” that comes along with many other drugs, it does have a mind-altering effect. Though abuse is not usual, it can happen for those who take more substantial amounts or take it for more extended periods than they should.
Recognizing the Signs Of Suboxone Addiction
Since Suboxone is used in conjunction with a therapeutic treatment plan to assist in tapering off of opiates, it’s often hard to pinpoint any signs of abuse. Like many other drugs, signs of abuse include the following:
- Isolating oneself
- Avoiding once loved activities
- Negating responsibilities at home and at work
- Sleep disturbances – sleeping too much or too little
- Stealing and manipulative behaviors
- Obsessing about getting the drug
- Doctor shopping
- Visiting the emergency room frequently
While this is not a complete list, it’s an indication of substance abuse and should not be taken lightly.. It’s important to understand that addiction and dependence are two very different things. When people use suboxone or other medications like this for an extended period, they can become physically addicted. If they stop taking them, then they will have side effects as their body goes through withdrawal. It doesn’t mean that this person is an addict, but quitting a medication that their body has become accustomed to is difficult.
Addiction is both a physical dependence on the drug as well as a psychological need. A person that is addicted will crave this substance. The user will obsess and compulsively think about the medication and be in fear of running out. They may deny they have a problem even when faced with evidence to the contrary. They may become defensive and blame others or circumstances for their use. Whether the drug is suboxone or heroin, addictive behaviors are quite similar. Getting a person to admit that they have a problem is the first step to helping them in recovery.
Suboxone Withdrawal Side Effects
Several Suboxone addiction side effects and withdrawal symptoms are mental, physical and emotional in nature. They are:
- Erratic behaviors
- Memory issues
- Small pupils
- Depression and anxiety
- Excessive sweating
- Coordination issues
- Slurred speech
- Nausea/ vomiting
- Diarrhea and other stomach issues
It’s possible to overdose on suboxone, especially when the drug is combined with things like alcohol, benzodiazepines, and other medications. When you are enrolled in a program to detox from heroin or opiates, then you should never use any other drugs in conjunction with suboxone. Even over-the-counter medications can have a negative impact.
Detoxing for Suboxone
Detoxing from suboxone can be severe and unpleasant, but the amount used can dictate the severity of the symptoms. Opiate addictions are by far the worst to overcome because there are both the psychological and physical cravings. People who are going through this feel like they are going to die if they don’t get a hit of the drug. There is a roller coaster of emotions as well as a general miserable feeling. It’s important to detox from this drug in a safe environment.
Why Is a Treatment Center the Best Place to Handle Substance Abuse Problems?
Going to a treatment facility where alcohol and substance abuse are treated is always best. While you can detox yourself from some substances at home, you must understand the severity and risks of the withdrawal symptoms. Even the strongest people need help during this period. It’s highly recommended to be closely monitored by a medical team just in case other symptoms should arise.
It’s not uncommon for blood pressure to soar, a person to become dehydrated from vomiting, or the emotional aspects to become overwhelming.. The point is many things can arise during the detox period, so you need a support system of professionals who can address all your needs during this process.
After the detox period, there is always the risk that you will relapse. The risk of relapse is more significant in the first few weeks. A treatment facility will provide you with the necessary tools and support to handle the emotions you feel and the drug you crave. Other reasons to choose a treatment facility include:
- It’s a safe place where no drugs are available, and the people there only want to help.
- You can focus on your needs and not worry about children and others in the home.
- You are away from the things that trigger your drug use.
- Counselors and support staff are there to assist you down the path of recovery.
- You can see mental health professionals that can help if there are underlying mental health conditions that are making your addiction worse.
St John’s Recovery Place wants to help you in your journey to sobriety. Here, you can detox in a dignified manner with people surrounding you for support. Our staff has seen this process thousands of times, so we know what to expect. Having our guidance during your time of need is essential. If you are ready to take the steps towards sobriety and get help with your substance abuse problem, then call us today at (833) 397-3422.