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Suboxone Withdrawal

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Suboxone is a prescription medication used to treat opioid dependence that consists of the opioid buprenorphine and naloxone. It is often used for an extended period after the user has stopped taking other addictive opioids.

Despite its effectiveness, Suboxone also has some potential for addiction. And as a partial opioid agonist, Suboxone induces similar withdrawal effects to other opioids if use is discontinued “cold turkey.” Suboxone withdrawal can last for as long as 30 days, and symptoms can include the following:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Insomnia
  • Lethargy
  • Digestive issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Drug cravings
  • Fever and chills
  • Excessive sweating
  • Headache
  • Trouble concentrating

These symptoms can vary in intensity and duration, depending on how long a person has been taking Suboxone, as well as the drug’s dosage.

Timeline of Suboxone Withdrawal

Generally, most physical withdrawal symptoms will wane after one month, though psychoemotional dependence can remain. Symptoms are typically the worst in the first three days of Suboxone withdrawal when most physical symptoms are experienced. Then, in the first week after cessation of Suboxone, symptoms generally subside to general aches and pains in the body, in addition to insomnia and moodiness.

After the second week, depression is typically the most problematic symptom. After one month, former users will likely still be encountering intense cravings and depression. This is the most difficult time after discontinuing Suboxone use, as individuals are at a high likelihood of relapse. As such, the timeline for Suboxone withdrawal is, approximately, as follows:

  • 72 hours – Physical symptoms at their worst
  • 1 week – Bodily aches and pains, insomnia, and moodiness
  • 2 weeks – 30 days – Cravings and depression

Managing Addiction Without Medication

For most individuals in recovery, the use of Suboxone is temporary and will eventually be tapered to make way for total abstinence. This process should be conducted in a slow and measured way, allowing for increased stability over time.

If Suboxone use advances into addiction and use of the medication no longer positively serves the individual, it becomes necessary to chart a new path to recovery that may not include the use of opioids of any kind. This requires the guidance of a team of addition treatment professionals who are:

  • Educated and experienced in substance abuse treatment
  • Aware of all the factors contributing to the client’s current situation
  • Dedicated to offering an intensive treatment plan customized to meet the person’s needs
  • Available to provide long-term support

Signs of Drug Addiction

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The following are several hallmark behaviors associated with the disease of addiction and, if present, may indicate that you or a loved one have a severe problem:

  • Continuing use of a drug after it’s no longer needed for a health condition
  • Increasing amounts of the substance are required to achieve the same effects (tolerance)
  • Feelings of discomfort/dysphoria when the drug’s effects subside
  • Inability to control drug use
  • Significant time spent thinking about obtaining and using a drug
  • Lack of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Driving or engaging in risky behavior when intoxicated
  • Borrowing or stealing money to obtain the drug of choice
  • Concealing extend of drug use from others
  • Relationship conflicts
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Doctor-shopping or visiting multiple providers and pharmacies in an attempt to procure the drug of choice
  • Using prescription drugs with illicit drugs or alcohol

Suboxone Overdose

Symptoms of a Suboxone overdose are similar to those of other opioid drugs. A person overdosing on Suboxone may experience and show any or all of the following:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Stomach pain
  • Severely depressed breathing
  • Slowed heartbeat
  • Irritability and anxiety
  • Poor motor coordination
  • Appearing drunk or drugged
  • Sleepiness
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Coma
  • Death

Getting Treatment for Suboxone Dependence

Just Believe Recovery center offers multifaceted programs that feature a wide variety of services essential for recovery, including behavioral therapy, counseling, group support, relapse prevention, substance abuse education, aftercare planning, and more.

We employ highly-skilled, compassionate health providers and addiction experts who compassionately deliver therapeutic services to those we treat. We are dedicated to providing every individual with the tools, education, and support they need to be successful at recovery and enjoy long-lasting health, wellness, and sobriety.

We Believe Recovery Is Possible For Everyone.
If you or a loved one needs help with substance abuse and/or treatment, please contact Just Believe Recovery PA at (888) 380-0342. Our specialists can assess your needs and help you get the treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.
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