Drug addiction is a topic of discussion in the popular media, government, and even in schools that gets a great deal of attention. Under most circumstances only certain illegal drug addictions (heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine) are brought up in mainstream discussions regarding addiction. However, there are many other drugs, both legal and illegal that people can become addicted to. Among these addictive medications is a prescription drug known as suboxone.
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A suboxone addiction can be a difficult one to break, particularly because of the troubling nature of suboxone withdrawal. Before you can fully understand suboxone withdrawal, you will need to better understand suboxone as a medication, addiction, and treatment. Once you have an understanding of these concepts, you will be able to overcome your addiction and handle the withdrawal process during treatment.
Suboxone is a prescription medication that combines two different drugs into one dissolvable strip. The two medications are naloxone and buprenorphine. Naloxone is a medication that is designed to reverse the effects of other drugs or medications (usually opioids or narcotics). Used alone, naloxone is often used to treat a narcotic overdose. Buprenorphine, on the other hand, is a pain medication that is often prescribed to treat pain that is moderate to severe.
In a somewhat ironic twist of fate, suboxone is a medication that is designed precisely to help a person recover from drug addiction. This medication is generally used to help a patient recover from opioid addictions. Opioids can be either legal or illegal drugs including heroin, codeine, oxycodone, and morphine.
You may wonder how a drug designed to help a person break a drug addiction could become addictive itself. This is due to the fact that suboxone itself contains a narcotic pain killer (buprenorphine) which produces a pleasant, pain-relieving, and sometimes euphoric sensation when consumed.
Because suboxone also contains naloxone, the buprenorphine is only allowed to partially stimulate those pleasure receptors in the nervous system that release endorphins. However, even that mild effect it has can be addictive, particularly because the patient in question is already addicted to a narcotic medication.
Suboxone is most often abused in one of two ways. Primarily, abuse occurs when a patient takes this drug when they have not been prescribed the medication by a physician or they take it outside of the supervision of a drug treatment center. This can cause them to take the medication too early during the recovery process, and therefore develop an addiction.
Additionally, when a patient takes suboxone other than in the way it is designed for (dissolved under the tongue in controlled doses), that behavior constitutes abuse as well. Patients who develop and addiction may try to melt down the dissolvable strips into a liquid that can be injected directly into the vein (which once again, ironically, can put a person into immediate withdrawals due to the effects of the naloxone component).
The most common signs and symptoms of abuse and overdose of suboxone can include an extremely low heart rate and blood pressure, nausea, cold and/or clammy skin, muscle fatigue and weakness, and insomnia. Extreme abuse and overdose can result in a coma, sudden cardiac arrest, and can even cause death.
Withdrawal from suboxone occurs either when a person has abused suboxone and tries to quit using it, or when a person melts the strips down and inject the liquid directly into their veins. Withdrawal symptoms can include nausea and diarrhea, trouble concentrating, dizziness, and sudden severe aches and pains. Patient can also experience mental and emotional withdrawals in the form of mood swings, depression, and anxiety.
If you have become addicted to suboxone, the best way to try to detox your system is to do so under the direct supervision of a drug rehab center or a medical team in a hospital.
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