It is no surprise that the number of drug addicts keeps rising each day. From marijuana and alcohol to prescription medicine, there is no limit to the number of mind-altering substances out here. Even more alarming are the people who decide to mix up the different stuff for a more ‘intense’ high. Some use drugs as a way to escape their problems instead of fixing them, and others do it because they have an underlying mental condition. Are you one of those people who engage in illicit drug use as a form of entertainment? You should know that you are risking your life.
A special class of narcotic drugs are opioids – made from opium or synthetically (in a lab). Morphine, heroin, codeine, oxycodone, and methadone are examples of popular opioids in this class of drugs. Most of these drugs are intended to act as painkillers for people who have suffered extreme trauma and accidents or undergoing surgery, but since they often give the patients a ‘high’ feeling, most people misuse them and use them for the wrong purposes as recreational drugs.
If you or someone you know has been taking narcotics for a long time, you will notice dependency on the particular drug. Apart from feeling high whenever you are on any narcotic, you will experience coordination, attention, and memory problems. Your skin feels clammy and sweaty, coupled with drowsiness, confusion, slurry speech, and a reduced feeling of pain – which can lead you to participate in risky behavior.
Sometimes addiction to opioids can get very serious. Any attempts to quit ‘cold turkey’ results in very undesirable and potentially life-threatening symptoms – as life-threatening as the addiction itself. For these opioid withdrawal symptoms, Suboxone is a drug that is used to help addicts manage the withdrawal symptoms from narcotic use.
How Does Suboxone Work?
Two ingredients in Suboxone (Buprenorphineand Naloxone), work together to offer the known Suboxone treatment for opioid withdrawal. When one ingredient minimizes the withdrawal symptoms that come with quitting a drug like heroin, the other ingredient suppresses the high that comes with the first ingredient. Surprisingly, one of the ingredients is a synthetic opiate that has some similar effects as the natural opioids; because your body still needs lower and safe levels of the narcotic.
Why is an opioid used to treat an opioid addiction? Think of a Heroin or Morphine as a major opioid and the Buprenorphine in Suboxone as a lesser opioid. Opiate addiction and dependence is so strong and dangerous that you would need a lesser opiate to keep you safe while lowering your major opiate levels. If your doctor recommends Suboxone for you, it is probably because he or she has deemed it unsafe to have you quit ‘cold turkey.’
Therefore, Suboxone treatment is for exactly that – treatment and medication to help you taper off the opiate you are addicted to so you can recover without severe withdrawal symptoms. Unfortunately, individuals can and do abuse the Suboxone drug. Like many other medical drugs that are supposed to be purchased only with a prescription, people find ways to acquire Suboxone illegally. So, with society creating more clinics for major addictive drugs like heroin and cocaine, a Suboxone clinic sounds new and foreign, but they do exist.
Most Suboxone withdrawal symptoms are similar other drug withdrawal symptoms. Someone you know may have been put on Suboxone to quit a narcotic they had been using. If your loved one is addicted to Suboxone, you may not be able to point it out directly; many addicts use it with other opiates, benzodiazepines, or with alcohol and marijuana. Look out for clues and signs that they have run out of the medication so you can take them to Suboxone rehab and hopefully save their lives.
Some behaviors you may notice when the withdrawal stage is in play include insomnia or excessive sleepiness and withdrawing from social activities with friends and family or work. They may also obsess about Suboxone, talk about it often and steal or lie their way into getting their hands on the next dose for some relief. Once you notice some of these signs, take them to a Suboxone clinic for even better diagnosis and treatment.
Suboxone addiction does not only happen to individuals who get the drug illegally. Even when prescribed, dependency occurs when you have used this drug for extended periods, which may then lead to physical addiction. Dependency on Suboxone means that you will experience difficulty and some withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit the medication suddenly. Addiction involves a psychological need for the drug. If you notice that you are constantly thinking about Suboxone, obsessing about it and doing compulsive reckless behavior to get it, you are most probably addicted.
How Is Suboxone Addiction Treated?
With most narcotic addiction, treatment is best done under a watchful and trained eye – the same for Suboxone addiction. The first step is most Suboxone addiction cases is detoxification. Do not attempt detoxification on your own, addiction treatment facilities have health professionals who determine the best detox method for you. For the tough detox occasions where the patient’s physical or mental distress is extreme, doctors can administer medication to make it less stressful.
Suboxone rehab and therapy are a necessity once you are done with detox or after your doctor determines you may not need detox (probably if you are dependent and not addicted). It is not easy getting back to life without the drug for most addicts; some because they are afraid to face the damage they may have caused in their families, others because they have to face the world without their go-to drug that made life interesting or less dull. Whatever the situation, therapy and rehab help you repair yourself and learn how to live and function in society without the drug.
Seeking medical help for Suboxone addiction doesn’t have to wait until your body cannot finally handle the doses that you are taking. Would you rather hurt others or fall into a coma? Or would you rather save your life and spare your loved ones the pain of losing you? Take the bold step beat your addiction before it gets too late to have that chance.
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