Suboxone withdrawal can create some extremely intense physiological issues, as a person attempts to withdraw from this drug. Despite being an opiate agonist, meaning that the drug is used to help people overcome opiate addictions, Suboxone is highly addictive.
Suboxone withdrawal mimics the withdrawal symptoms of other opiates including heroin or Vicodin, meaning that the symptoms can become quite intense. There have been numerous reports of individuals who proclaim that Suboxone withdrawal was more of a challenge to overcome than the withdrawal associated with their initial addiction.
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Suboxone is the brand name for a buprenorphine drug that is designed to function as a semi-synthetic opioid agonist that focuses on the Mu receptor of the brain. In elevated doses this drug has the capacity to assist individuals who are attempting to break opiate addictions.
Additionally, it can also be prescribed in lower doses to help address chronic pain. The problem with using Suboxone to treat an opiate addiction is the fact that it often requires prolonged use, which places the person at a higher risk of becoming addicted to Suboxone.
Despite having an exceptional track record for functioning in its intended purpose as an agonist, this drug has proven to be immensely stubborn when it comes to the withdrawal symptoms that it produces. Theoretically, this drug should be considerably easier to withdraw from than other opioids; however, some people become so adapted to it that attempting to stop using it creates anxiety and confusion; they simply cannot function without it.
This is better understood when the drug’s classification is considered. Suboxone is anything but a harmless drug. According to the guidelines of the Controlled Substances Act, Suboxone is a Schedule III drug. This means that although it has a number of legitimate medical uses, it is highly addictive.
This is why the vast majority of individuals who come off of this drug report that they experience a period of intense withdrawal.
As with any other addictive drug, Suboxone will impact each person differently, based on a number of different factors. No two people experience withdrawal exactly the same, making a good treatment program extremely vital to achieving success.
In addition to the physiological variables that exist that help to account for the variations in the ways people experience Suboxone withdrawal, there are a number of external influences that must be given serious consideration.
The first influence which should be noted is the length of time the person used the drug before attempting to come off of it. Additionally, the doses the person was taking will have a huge impact on the strength of the addiction, which will dictate the difficulty of the withdrawal period. The intensity of Suboxone withdrawal will also depend greatly on whether the person attempts to quit cold turkey or use a tapering process that will allow them to gradually come off of the drug.
Suboxone has a longer than average half-life, meaning that it stays in a person’s system longer than other drugs, approximately 36 hours, which would normally suggest that withdrawal should not be that intense. However, it is recommended that a person not attempt to quit cold turkey, but to use a tapering process than can be facilitated though a quality medical detox program.
The most effective approach to overcoming a Suboxone addiction without enduring unnecessary pain and discomfort associated with withdrawal is to check into a residential drug rehab facility that has the capacity to allow the individual to taper off of the drug, through a medically supervised detoxification program.
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