If you or a loved one is trying to overcome opioid dependence, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) can be a very effective treatment option. If you are experiencing treatment-resistant opioid use disorder and continue to relapse, Suboxone may be helpful to you. When used correctly, Suboxone helps block the effects opioids have on the brain. We may recommend Suboxone as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the process of getting treatment, figuring out the best options, and ultimately getting on the path to recovery. At Solution Based Treatment & Detox, our professional treatment team can help you navigate this challenging time in your life and find the best path forward.
What Is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a medication that contains both buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine helps you break an addiction by limiting the feeling you get from opioids and lessening your cravings for opioids. Suboxone is habit-forming, but it can be life-saving for a person who has run out of options. The Naloxone works to actually make opioids have the opposite effect. This lowers the risk of overdose. This combination has proven very effective and can make detox, treatment, and dealing with withdrawal much easier for some people. The scientific explanation of how Suboxone works is that binding to the receptors can affect the same areas of the brain that opioids do without causing the euphoria associated with fentanyl or heroin use.
Here are some important things to know about Suboxone treatment:
- Do not attempt to start or stop Suboxone treatment without consulting a medical professional.
- Suboxone is taken as a film or tablet that is dissolvable under the tongue.
- Suboxone can be prescribed at a medication-assisted treatment center or by your doctor.
- The highest dose of Suboxone is taken at the beginning of treatment, and the doses lessen as you go through treatment and eventually no longer need it as part of your treatment.
- You can develop a dependence on Suboxone, just like any other drug.
Side Effects Of Suboxone
Because Suboxone is a long-acting opioid, it has a lower chance of intense side effects over the dispersed time period. But as with any substance, if you abuse it and take too much, it can cause side effects like confusion, nausea, sleepiness, and breathing disorders. On the other side of the coin, the positive short-term side effects include pain relief, a reduction in opioid cravings, and even a kind of euphoria.
If abused, Suboxone use can carry with it long-term mental and physical side effects that can affect both mental and physical health, as well as put you at risk for an overdose. These long-term side effects include:
- Low blood pressure
- Pupil constriction
- Respiratory depression
Treatment at a Suboxone Clinic Needs to Provide Therapy
While some people may be tempted to search for a Murrieta Suboxone clinic and look to Suboxone as a cure for addiction, this approach tends to end in relapse. Mental health counseling is an essential part of medication-assisted treatment. For this reason, we recommend an inpatient drug treatment program.
Side Effects of Suboxone
Chronic abuse may also cause insomnia, anxiety, and depression. Alternatively, if you suddenly stop using Suboxone during treatment, you can also experience negative withdrawal symptoms like dilated pupils, watery eyes, restlessness, and anxiety. If an addiction develops, you can also expect failed relationships, shirking of responsibilities, financial problems, and run-ins with the law. The drug manufacturer that makes Suboxone list its general possible side effects as:
- Problems with concentration
- Irregular heartbeat
- Blurry vision
- Back pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Numb mouth
- Painful tongue
- Dizziness and fainting
Users of Suboxone should be monitored closely by medical professionals while taking the medication to eliminate any risks from potential side effects.