Suboxone is a drug most commonly used in opiate replacement therapy as a substitute for other opiates that are considered to be more harmful. This drug is meant to minimize cravings and reduce the intense feeling of opiate withdrawal. However, this drug is not void of consequence; it’s powerful, has the potential to become habit forming and is subject to abuse.
Some who become dependent upon Suboxone started out, unaware this could happen. Some patients were never informed by their physicians of the addictive properties of the drug and just thought they were taking something to eliminate their addiction. Their tolerance grows over time and they may find themselves needing to take more of the drug. They are often unaware of the control that’s taking over their bodies and minds. Others are conscious of the drug’s potential and purposely take more than needed in order to zone out and relax.
If someone you know has developed a dependency to Suboxone, there are clear physical and behavioral signs to indicate their use has spiraled out of control. Taking the drug for any other reason than to help manage your addiction reveals suspect behavior. When patients take this drug to sleep, relax or just to get high, it’s evident that addictive behaviors have developed. Patients are said to be likely addicted if they manipulate the drug to achieve faster and stronger effects. This can happen by crushing and snorting pills, mixing crushed pills with water to inject them, chewing and swallowing pills or taking multiple pills at a time.
Suboxone Addiction Symptoms to Watch For:
Evidence of physical withdrawal points to physical opiate dependency. Signs include:
- Runny Nose
- Muscle Pain
- Rapid Heart Rate
Changes in behavior that can indicate an addiction (physical AND psychological dependence) has developed include:
- Moodiness/ Agitation
- Loss of interest in relationships
- Loss of job or problems at work
- Abuse or violence
- Legal problems
- Borrowing money
- Selling of possessions
Where To Turn If You Suspect Someone You Love Is Addicted To Suboxone
The world-renowned Waismann Method Treatment offers a premiere Suboxone treatment program. Their rapid detox can quickly eradicate the physical opiate dependency at the receptor sites while patients sleep comfortably under a deep sedation. This procedure can be completed in less than two hours. The total hospital stay is 3-5-days. Domus Retreat offers aftercare for an additional 2-7 days to assist in addressing the psychological aspect of the opiate dependency. The aftercare program equips patients with coping tools so they can safely and quickly return to a healthy and productive life.