We’ve been helping men and women get off Suboxone for years – with great success. For you, we offer one of the most effective and comfortable withdrawal treatment plans available. Our cutting edge Suboxone addiction treatment is fast, gentle, and effective. It bridges the gap between wanting to quit Suboxone and actually quitting. Continuing with an addiction therapy program provides lasting support so you can create a fulfilling life in recovery. It’s a powerful solution that really works.
What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone that is used to treat opioid abuse. Naloxone is an “opioid antagonist” medication that has been used to treat heroin overdoses in recent years. When injected intravenously, it can work within two minutes. Buprenorphine, on the other hand, is an opioid, which seems like it would hurt opioid users instead of helping them. However, an opioid is often combined with an antagonist like naloxone to still give off the pain-relieving effects.
Suboxone is typically offered in a film that can be placed between your gums and cheeks or under your tongue (sublingual). It’s available in four different concentrations depending on the severity of your opioid addiction.
How Does Suboxone Fight Opioid Abuse?
Although buprenorphine is an opioid, it’s specifically known as a partial opioid agonist, which only delivers small doses to someone who is highly addicted. By providing smaller doses, buprenorphine helps people dependent on a pure opioid agonist like heroin wean off the drug.
As we mentioned earlier, suboxone is a combination medication of buprenorphine and naloxone. While buprenorphine is an opioid agonist, naloxone is an opioid antagonist, which blocks opioid receptors. Antagonists shut these down and can reverse the effects opioids are having on your body.
Although naloxone is used by itself to prevent deaths from heroin overdoses, it can trigger serious withdrawal symptoms. As a result, it can be risky to use naloxone alone. Suboxone is a safer alternative since it also includes buprenorphine, which can lessen withdrawal symptoms.
In hindsight, it’s obvious that there’s a potential for developing a dependence on Suboxone. The reason is that buprenorphine, which is the main active ingredient in Suboxone, is itself an opioid narcotic.
Since buprenorphine is an opioid narcotic, withdrawal symptoms will inevitably develop when you try to quit. Instead of letting the Suboxone film dissolve in the mouth, some patients let the film break down in the water and then inject it into their veins to feel the effects of the drug.
The symptoms may be less severe than heroin withdrawal symptoms. However, detox is typically longer because of the very long elimination half-life of buprenorphine.
We do not recommend that you detox yourself. We know the downside of cold turkey Suboxone detox – it is not pleasant. It’s never a good idea to detox off Suboxone without professional help. We’ve seen the results of men and women who insist on doing it their way and it’s ugly. Detox does not have to be a disgusting and messy affair, and it’s part of the Suboxone addiction treatment offered at LA Detox.
Signs and Symptoms of Suboxone Addiction
Signs and symptoms of Suboxone addiction include:
- Trouble sleeping
- Unpredictable mood swings
- Burning tongue
- Trouble sleeping
Suboxone addiction treatment exists to treat these symptoms. However, even though Suboxone can be abused, it’s not as abused as pure opioid agonists like heroin, codeine, and morphine since it doesn’t cause as much euphoria.
There are long-term side effects of taking Suboxone for too long. These include liver damage and hormonal problems like adrenal insufficiency.
Suboxone Addiction Treatment for Recovery
If you find yourself stuck on Suboxone but you want to stop, Suboxone addiction treatment at LA Detox can help. We have been handling Suboxone detox since 2003, which is the year after Suboxone was FDA approved, which occurred on Oct. 8, 2002. Our team of experts developed a powerful withdrawal treatment program specifically for Suboxone and Subutex. It combines proven pharmacotherapies with powerful supplementation.
The withdrawal treatment plan integrates pharmacotherapies with a natural approach that rebalances the body’s serotonin and GABA systems, which help stave off opioid withdrawal. By supporting the body’s inhibitory systems with natural supplements and suppressing excitatory responses with pharmacotherapies, our clients can successfully break their dependence on Suboxone. Our opioid withdrawal treatment program is possibly the most effective and comfortable therapeutic plan ever developed for Suboxone dependence.
What Do You Do During Suboxone Detox?
It’s important to listen to your body during detox. Make sure to report all adverse reactions to the physician, such as feeling anxious, on edge, or agitated. Physicians are continuously adjusting pharmacotherapies during the detoxification process to mask the withdrawal syndrome. By knowing what to expect, you can help the doctor make accurate assessments before you start Suboxone addiction treatment.
Suboxone Drug Testing for Suboxone Addiction Treatment
These days, when a man or woman applies for a job, the employer often requires a drug test as part of the hiring process. On top of that, you could easily add in a dozen or more random drug tests throughout an employment career. The question that often comes up is, “ Am I protected by HIPAA laws for Suboxone?” The answer is no. The lab does not say whether or not you passed or failed a drug test; it only gives results. If you take Suboxone, your blood or urine will indicate the presence of buprenorphine, which is the main active ingredient in Suboxone.
A savvy employer will know what the presence of buprenorphine indicates, which is a history of substance abuse with opioids. It’s unlikely that you will get a job as a pilot, train conductor, bus driver, or nurse with buprenorphine in your system. If you want that type of career, you will improve your odds by getting off Suboxone. Unused Suboxone sublingual films should be disposed of as soon as they are no longer needed. Unused films should be flushed down the toilet.
Safety Concerns for Suboxone
Before initiating treatment with Suboxone sublingual film, explain the points listed below to caregivers and patients. If Suboxone abuse develops, let them know that Suboxone addiction treatment is available.
- Patients should be warned that it is extremely dangerous to self-administer non-prescribed benzodiazepines or other CNS depressants with Suboxone.
- Patients should be advised that Suboxone sublingual film contains an opioid that can be a target for people who abuse prescription medications or street drugs. Patients should be cautioned to keep their Suboxone in a safe place and to protect them from theft.
- Patients should be instructed to keep Suboxone sublingual film in a secure place, out of the sight and reach of children. Accidental or deliberate ingestion by a child may cause respiratory depression that can result in death. Patients should be advised that if a child is exposed to Suboxone sublingual film, medical attention should be sought immediately.
- Patients should be advised never to give Suboxone sublingual film to anyone else, even if he or she has the same signs and symptoms. It may cause harm or death.
- Patients should be advised that selling or giving away this medication is against the law.
- Patients should be cautioned that Suboxone sublingual film may impair the mental or physical abilities required for the performance of potentially dangerous tasks such as driving or operating machinery. Caution should be taken especially during drug induction and dose adjustment and until individuals are reasonably certain that buprenorphine therapy does not adversely affect their ability to engage in such activities.
Additional Suboxone Safety Concerns
- Patients should be advised not to change the dosage of Suboxone sublingual film without consulting their physician.
- Patients should be advised to take Suboxone sublingual film once a day.
- Patients should be advised that if they miss a dose of Suboxone, they should take it as soon as they remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, they should skip the missed dose and take the next dose at the regular time.
- Patients should be informed that Suboxone sublingual film can cause drug dependence and that withdrawal signs and symptoms may occur when the medication is discontinued.
- Patients seeking to discontinue treatment with buprenorphine for opioid dependence should be advised to work closely with their physician on a tapering schedule and should be apprised of the potential to relapse to illicit drug use associated with discontinuation of opioid agonist/partial agonist medication-assisted treatment.
- Patients should be cautioned that, like other opioids, SUBOXONE sublingual film may produce orthostatic hypotension in ambulatory individuals.
- Patients should inform their physician if any other prescription medications, over the counter medications, or herbal preparations are prescribed or currently being used.
- Women of childbearing potential who become pregnant or are planning to become pregnant should be advised to consult their physician regarding the possible effects of using Suboxone sublingual film during pregnancy.
- Advise women who are breastfeeding to monitor the infant for drowsiness and difficulty breathing.
- Patients should inform their family members that, in the event of an emergency, the treating physician or emergency room staff should be informed that the patient is physically dependent on an opioid and that the patient is being treated with Suboxone sublingual film.
Therapy for Suboxone Addiction Treatment
There are several effective therapy options at LA Detox for people looking to treat their Suboxone abuse.
- Family therapy: In family therapy, your parents and siblings can understand how your Suboxone addiction developed, and you can better understand their feelings about your addiction.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy: CBT will help you identify your emotions, thoughts and behaviors and how they relate to your Suboxone addiction. In just a few weeks, you’ll learn how to get rid of negative behaviors and replace them with healthy ones that will benefit you in the long run.
- Trauma therapy: This is best for people who have gone through traumatic experiences that have led to Suboxone use. Your therapist will analyze your flight-or-fight responses to life situations and help you develop more positive ones.
Therapy is an essential part of Suboxone addiction treatment. Detox may rid your body of harmful substances, but your brain is still wired to crave Suboxone. Therapy will change the way you perceive drugs and their place in your life.
Start Suboxone Addiction Treatment Today at LA Detox
Recovery is possible with Suboxone addiction treatment. Contact LA Detox today at (323) 746-1332 to learn more about available addiction treatment programs. We can help you find your way to sobriety and take control of your life.