Published on:
August 13th, 2009

Subutex, commonly used to treat opiate addiction, is also an opiate and has the potential to lead to addiction and the need for withdrawal. A qualified medical professional initiates Subutex therapy with a patient who is trying to wean off other opioid painkillers, but it does have the potential to be abused by recreational users.  Subutex contains buprenorphine and is used to manage opiate withdrawal from OxyContin , heroin, Percocet, Vicodin and other drugs. Subutex, a sublingual tablet, can lead to a tolerance in individuals who take it regularly, possibly causing misuse and addiction. The body experiences Subutex withdrawal when it begins to detox, which can lead patients to feel very sick, experiencing symptoms including cravings, tremors and hallucinations. Subutex Withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to severe; for some, it is a very intense and painful experience, one that requires safe, reliable detox. Without medical supervision, complications could arise.

Commonly Reported Subutex Withdrawal Symptoms

Opioid withdrawal includes a host of uncomfortable physical and psychological symptoms that can become quite serious if not addressed properly. Depending on the person and the severity and length of the addiction, withdrawals from Subutex can vary widely. They can include a strong drug craving, chills, headaches, sweating, diarrhea, weakness, mood changes, cramps, goose bumps, tremors, runny nose, yawning, sneezing, sleeplessness, anxiousness, loss of appetite, flu-like symptoms, depression,  high blood pressure, , respiratory distress, muscle and bone pain, confusion, extreme irritability and muscle spasms. These Subutex withdrawals can develop within hours of last use and persist for days or weeks. It is ill advised to try and stop “cold turkey” abusing Subutex or other opiates. Medical management of Subutex withdrawals increases the odds of prolonged recovery and helps guard against medical complications and instances of relapse.

Waismann Method® Offers Opiate-Free Treatment for Subutex Addiction

We know most of our patients didn’t intend to become dependent upon Subutex. We also know that patients’ busy lives don’t always allow them to spend weeks or months in a Subutex detoxification or rehabilitation program. Subutex is a potentially-addicting opioid medication that may lead to withdrawal. The Waismann Method of rapid detoxification treatment offers assistance for addiction to Subutex and other opiates. What sets us apart from many other detox programs is that our treatment keeps the highest safety protocol for drug treatment programs. We don’t use opiate replacements in our program. The Waismann Method utilizes intravenous medications to cleanse opiates from patients’ receptors while they sleep lightly under deep sedation in a hospital. The procedure itself takes less than two hours and patients are able to return to their lives in a matter of days. The total hospital stay is a few days and our transitional living facility, Domus Retreat, is available for patients who wish to continue recovery. The Waismann Method is known for its safe, humane and confidential approach to Subutex withdrawal treatment. The program, along with Domus Retreat, offers medical management for Subutex withdrawals and a safe haven where guests are supported and encouraged in their recovery.

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