Suboxone Addiction
Published on:
June 3rd, 2009

Suboxone addiction can be defined as compulsive use that leads to physical and/or psychological dependence. Suboxone is used in the management of addiction to opiates including heroin, OxyContin, hydrocodone, morphine and Fentanyl. It was approved in October 2002 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is a high-dose, sublingual (dissolves under the tongue) form of buprenorphine. Addiction can be marked by withdrawal symptoms once use is stopped abruptly. Researchers say physical addiction occurs when repeated use alters reward pathways in the brain.

Suboxone addiction could also be caused by a long term intake of Suboxone ®. Suboxone ® (Buprenorphine) is a semi-synthetic narcotic; Suboxone is a sublingual formulation that is a combination of Buprenorphine and Narcan.

Suboxone ® cannot be injected, because the Narcan component causes instant opiate withdrawal. In this form (taken sublingually) the Buprenorphine is absorbed through the mucus membrane, while the Narcan is not.

Signs of Suboxone Addiction

Any easy way to tell if you or someone you know is addicted to Suboxone or other prescription opioids is to stop taking them. If withdrawal symptoms set in, chances are you have a physical and/or psychological dependence or addiction. For those who stop taking Suboxone suddenly, withdrawal symptoms could include:

  • anxiety
  • diarrhea
  • fever
  • sneezing
  • runny nose
  • goose bumps
  • abnormal skin sensations
  • vomiting
  • nausea
  • pain
  • rigid muscles
  • rapid heartbeat
  • shivering
  • tremors
  • sweating
  • insomnia.

Other signs of addiction may include a preoccupation with obtaining and consuming the drug, despite possible negative consequences.

How to Prevent Suboxone Addiction

Plenty of people given a prescription for Suboxone can use it for a short period of time to help with withdrawal from other opiates. Many others find themselves on Suboxone long-term. Opiate replacement therapies such as Suboxone have no doubt helped many people recover from drug addiction. Many do become addicted, however, and require a second detox.

Doing research on every drug prescribed by a doctor is the best way of knowing which medication or therapy is best for you. With Suboxone, replacing one addiction with another becomes a reality for all too many people. One way to avoid a Suboxone addiction is to not take it in the first place. But chances are, since you are visiting this site, it is too late. But it’s not too late to do something about it.

Waismann Method’s Rapid Detox Treatment for Suboxone Addiction

The Waismann Method of rapid detox has saved thousands of people from falling deeper into the trap of opiate addiction. The world-renowned rapid detox program has attracted press and high acclaim, all because of its success rate in treating opiate dependency and prescription drug addiction. Waismann Method has a premiere Suboxone treatment program that is administered in a fully-accredited hospital in Orange County, CA., where patients are monitored around the clock.

With rapid detox, patients in the program sleep comfortably under sedation while special medications cleanse the opiates from their opiate receptors. Accelerated withdrawal symptoms occur within hours instead of days, as with traditional methods. Once patients wake up, they are no longer physically dependent on opiates and they are unaware of the withdrawal that occurred during the procedure. Another thing that sets our program apart from the others is the humane way we approach treatment. Our patients are treated as the unique individuals they are. We take into account underlying issues, special needs and individual risk factors. Our patients leave our facility rested, recovered and with their dignity intact.

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