Suboxone is sometimes used to help people manage or overcome dependencies to opiates, including Vicodin, heroin, Oxycontin and hydrocodone. It works by reducing the cravings and symptoms associated with dependency, and can lessen withdrawal symptoms, like nausea, sweating, chills and muscle aches. Understanding the risks of Suboxone can make the treatment safer and more effective. However it does not eliminate the physical reliance on the drug. Suboxone is composed of four parts of the semi-synthetic opiate buprenorphine, to lessen symptoms, and one part naloxone, an opioid antagonist, to deter and guard against opiate abuse. Since Suboxone is still an opiate, users must be weaned off of the medication in order to prevent withdrawal symptoms.
We recently conducted a survey with patients who were using Suboxone to help treat their opiate dependencies, and uncovered significant insight into the drug’s use and effects. Out of all of the respondents, half of them reported that they were told by their doctors that Suboxone was a cure for their dependency. Additionally, 47 percent of the respondents said their doctors did not tell them they could develop a physical dependency from taking Suboxone. These results point to the fact that the survey participants did not receive complete information regarding the risks when they were prescribed Suboxone.
Further findings also show that respondents may have been afraid of withdrawal, which prevented them from stopping their Suboxone treatment. In fact, 64 percent of patients believed that they could not stop taking Suboxone without assistance. While 44 percent of Suboxone users felt that the withdrawals they experienced were milder, and 64 percent would recommend the medication to others, the survey respondents still needed additional aid to completely detoxify their bodies from their dependency to opiates, and could not do it with Suboxone alone. You may view the entire survey and its results by clicking here.
If you or a loved one are struggling with finding an appropriate path to pain relief or are suffering from an addiction to opiates, we urge you to contact your medical physicians. For more information on choosing a drug detox program for yourself or a loved one, please feel free to contact our office directly. The Waismann Method is a safe and proven treatment for opiate dependency that utilizes the most advanced medical techniques available. The rapid opiate detoxification procedure is carried out in a full-service hospital in Southern California by board-certified anesthesiologist while patients remain under sedation in their private room of a ICU Unit. The Waismann Method is designed so patients experience minimal conscious withdrawal throughout the detoxification phase, given a much better possibility of success. The Waismann includes a few days at a private and exclusive recovery retreat; where patients are cared ore around the clock through the stabilization phase.
At Domus, we are able to assist patients with sleep patterns, gastro-intestinal function regulation, endorphin productions and so much more. Being able to comfortable transition, allow patients to return home with the right foot forward towards a healthy opiate free life.
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