Reviewed by Clare Waismann, RAS / SUDCC
Finding the Best Suboxone Detox Treatment
It’s important to note that a successful Suboxone addiction treatment starts with an adequate medical detox program. The initial period of a Suboxone detoxification can be intense, and a specialized medical facility can provide the necessary support. Furthermore, no matter how much or how long the Suboxone use has been, detoxing at a medical facility is always the safest option.
Moreover, withdrawal symptoms can lead to complications and severe health issues that require immediate medical attention. For this reason, enrollment in an inpatient Suboxone withdrawal treatment program is a wise choice. In a full-service accredited hospital, doctors can provide 24-hour medical assistance, ongoing medical monitoring, and vital signs management.
Suboxone is a highly potent and addictive drug. Those who have become dependent and are seeking a withdrawal treatment should contact us.
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What is Suboxone?
Suboxone® is a medication to treat opioid addiction. The drug consists of a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone (Narcan). Although this detox treatment protocol might work for some, it can be troubling for others. On the other hand, this treatment modality issue is that buprenorphine is a highly addictive opioid, and dependence can quickly become a significant issue. Suboxone treatment can prolong opiate addiction and be habit-forming, making suboxone addiction a substantial problem for those with a history of opiate use disorder. Also, detox and withdrawals could be challenging and lengthy because it is a partial opiate, causing physical dependence and addiction.
Zubsolv and Sublocade are also drugs marketed to patients who need help with withdrawal symptoms due to opiate addiction. Both drugs contain buprenorphine and naloxone, which is a partial opiate that can cause dependence. However, people often end up substituting one drug addiction for another. For example, Suboxone withdrawal symptoms can include weeks of muscle pain, insomnia, anxiety, and other challenging effects.
For example, brand names of Buprenorphine/ Naloxone (Suboxone) include:
- Suboxone ®
- Bunavail ®
- Zubsolv ®
- Cassipa ®
There are obvious warning signs of Suboxone dependency. First, you may notice an increase in the needed dosage. Behavioral changes, such as a preoccupation with obtaining and consuming the drug, are also common signs of addiction despite possible negative consequences. Consequently, when you try to withdraw from Suboxone, symptoms are similar to those that occur when you quit other opioid drugs.
Suboxone Addiction and Withdrawal Symptoms:
- runny nose
- abnormal skin sensations
- rigid muscles
- rapid heartbeat
Changes in Behavior That Can Indicate an Addiction (Physical and Psychological Dependence)
- Moodiness/ Agitation
- Loss of interest in relationships
- Loss of job or problems at work
- Abuse or violence
- Legal problems
- Borrowing money
- Selling of possessions
How to Prevent Addiction to Suboxone?
Although suboxone is presented as a safe and effective opiate addiction treatment, it has significant problems. Some patients can use suboxone effectively to help them recover from opiate addiction. Specifically, for maintenance treatment, the reported results are very similar to methadone. About 60% of people who are given Suboxone as a maintenance treatment don’t use illicit drugs while they are on it. However, for many patients that wish to be utterly free from opiate dependence, suboxone might create more problems than it solves. These patients often wish they had never started suboxone treatment because of the drug’s slow and lengthy withdrawal process.
At the Waismann Method, suboxone addiction represents one of the top forms of drug dependence we see. Patients who began using suboxone to help their withdrawal symptoms from other opiates may soon find themselves needing professional assistance to detox. Ultimately, finding an effective opiate addiction treatment is the first step toward a safer, healthier recovery.
Despite its effectiveness in curbing opioid abuse, buprenorphine drugs are also addictive and with similar withdrawal effects to other opioids.
It is essential to understand that when it comes to opioid drugs, there is a big difference between dependence and addiction. Patients might become physically dependent, even when taking medications as prescribed. Dependence makes quitting all opioids very difficult and often even painful.
Suboxone withdrawal can be severe and too lengthy. Patients report 3 to 4 weeks of unbearable symptoms. Besides enduring physical symptoms, patients also feel intense psychological cravings when trying to detox from this drug. Because of the severity and length of the withdrawal symptoms, relapse while in the detox phase is prevalent. At home, getting off Suboxone can be incredibly frustrating and exhausting to all people involved. This is because symptoms vary in strength and duration, depending on dosage and length of use.
Withdrawal Symptoms Include:
- No energy
- Muscle cramps and pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Anxiety and agitation
- Chills and sweating
- Intense cravings and anxiety
Suboxone withdrawal symptoms are the worst in the first 3 to 5 days. After the initial week, symptoms usually subside except for overall aches and pains. Insomnia and mood swings can also last for a few weeks, with depression and cravings being the most significant symptoms. The first month is the most delicate phase because people feel vulnerable, exhausted, and fragile, which leads to a high potential for relapse.
“A medically assisted detox can significantly reduce the length and severity of Suboxone withdrawal, which prevents the risk of relapse while increasing the chances of a successful recovery.”
Suboxone Treatment Options
The ideal situation for a Suboxone dependency treatment is when an expert physician medically manages it at an inpatient hospital. Hence, quitting Suboxone can be potentially risky and emotionally exhausting due to the lengthy and severe withdrawal symptoms.
Many people try to come off Suboxone independently and end up relapsing because they do not have proper clinical support during the detoxification process. Often, a Suboxone detoxification program entails the gradual tapering down of the dose over time. However, many individuals cannot withstand this weaning-down method’s distress and proceed to relapse to the original opiate. Moreover, the severity of the withdrawal symptoms may depend on a person’s metabolism, length of time on Suboxone, dosage, emotional status, and any poly-drug addiction concerns.
Rapid Suboxone Detoxification
We understand the unique circumstances opioid-dependent patients face. Furthermore, we work in a full-service accredited hospital where patients receive individualized medical care and attention. We also have been successfully implementing anesthesia-assisted rapid detoxification for almost two decades. In particular, this process allows patients to get through withdrawal syndrome while sleeping under sedation. Above all, The Waismann Method of Rapid Detox is the most compassionate, private, and safe medical opioid detoxification in the country.
Our advanced opioid withdrawal treatment provides patients with a practical solution to overcome Suboxone dependency. After all, we view and treat opiate dependence as a medically treatable physical condition.
Suboxone Addiction Treatment
Suboxone is an opioid replacement drug that’s part of Medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Because of its long life, some doctors choose to replace other opiates to titrate the patient. However, problems arise because of Suboxone’s potency. Suboxone has been a valuable part of their recovery for some patients because it provides some stability and offers a single daily dose. Still, for others, it is just an addiction to a new drug.
Unfortunately, the extensive use of any drug containing opioids can cause adverse outcomes. Furthermore, treatment facilities that prescribe MAT drugs do not always do an excellent job explaining to patients that it is a replacement opiate. It is highly potent and may have potentially harmful consequences. As a result, many patients do not even realize that Suboxone is another opiate medication! In effect, this causes patients to replace one opiate drug (e.g., heroin or prescription painkillers) with another.
Many treatment facilities prescribe Suboxone during the opiate detox process. As a result, they stop taking the drug and begin experiencing suboxone withdrawal symptoms right after rehab. However, Suboxone withdrawal effects are usually longer than other opiates, making it difficult for patients to manage these symptoms independently. The withdrawal length leads some patients to return to heroin or prescription painkillers to avoid those unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
More and more these days, we see an increase in website searches on how to come off Suboxone, suboxone constipation, quitting suboxone cold turkey, etc. Hence, these searches clearly show that long-term opioid therapies have their own sets of negative consequences. It also shows that people want to be off opioids and have the right to do so. As health care professionals, we should provide more than just long-term treatment; patients should have access to immediate effective medical detox treatment options.
Medical science, especially in the field of neuroscience, has come a long way. We can understand and treat several medical conditions that had been mistakenly seen as behavioral issues. Of course, one of these very treatable conditions is opioid use disorder.
“Allowing patients to suffer through withdrawal or worse, condemning people to be dependent on opioids is not just wrong but it is actually cruel.”
Waismann Method® Suboxone Rapid Detox
- Nearly 98% of Suboxone detoxification success
- Over twenty-two years of experience implementing and perfecting rapid detox under anesthesia
- Thousands of patients successfully treated
- Full-service JCAHO accredited hospital
- Quadruple board-certified anesthesiologist
- Private Rooms
- Unsurpassed safety protocol
- We treat the highest opioid doses in the country
- No companion needed because we care for our patients 24/7 from the time of admission
- Private recovery retreat for continuous support, including several therapeutic services
Suboxone Detox Treatment
- Suboxone detox starts with admission to a private room of a full-service accredited hospital.
- Patients are under the strict supervision of our medical team.
- During rapid detox treatment, the body’s receptor sites become free of opioids and sleep through the acute withdrawal syndrome.
- The goal is to rid the body of physical dependency in the most comfortable, safe, and effective manner.
- Around-the-clock care from admission to discharge. Often 7 to 10 days inpatient.
- Read more about Rapid Detox with the Waismann Method.
What to Expect During Suboxone Rapid Detox?
- Usually, the day after Rapid Suboxone Detox, the patient enters our exclusive Domus Retreat for recovery assistance. Moreover, this complete and thorough care minimizes the chances of medical complications and immediate relapse.
- Our therapist David B. Livingston MA, M.F.T., has worked with opioid-dependent patients for over a decade. More importantly, he understands the emotional needs and vulnerability that can occur during and after detoxification. (Family and friends often want to help post detox, but they lack the training to assess physiological and chemical changes.) His assistance has helped thousands of patients successfully overcome the fear and anxiety that can lead to relapse.
Waismann Method® is proud to say that we have one of the highest opioid detox success rates not just in the US, but also in the world. In conclusion, our Anesthesia Detox allows most patients to return to a productive life in a matter of days and eliminates the need to spend weeks or months in rehab programs.
Reviewed by Clare Waismann, Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS), Substance Use Disorder Certified Counselor (SUDCC), founder of Waismann Method® Advanced Treatment for Opiate Dependence.
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