You must have heard of addictive medicines like heroin or marijuana that create euphoric feelings for a short period. Although they are useful as narcotics, after brief feelings of happiness, they are used to create drowsiness and sluggish feelings in their users.
They can be highly addictive, but it’s easy to say and difficult to quit the use at once. This is the reason for which the FDA has approved certain drugs to help the persons cut off the use of harsh substances, but these drugs have their effects on the body. Suboxone is used as a drug of choice in the detoxification of opioids, but it pretenses its stipulations. In case of physical or psychological addiction on the drug, several options of detox from suboxone are available at the Gallus detox.
What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a mixture of two drugs: buprenorphine and naloxone. Both of these drugs have their effects which come out together in the consumption of suboxone.
Buprenorphine acts as a partial opioid antagonist, which means it has the same effects as that of narcotics, but not of the same level. The euphoric effect is not much noticeable as heroin, so the chances of abuse are quite low. That’s why buprenorphine helpful in quitting the use of opioids, as it is acting as a less potent addictive alternative for the patients. Conversely, the other element, naloxone is there in Suboxone which has the potential dangers of demotion of the patient.
Naloxone is a pure opioid antagonist, which disengages the effects of other narcotics. The reversal effects can be intense that’s why heroin addicts cannot be prescribed naloxone alone. That’s why it is used in combination with buprenorphine as Suboxone to diminish the narcotic effects.
Why Addiction to Suboxone is Different?
Suboxone addiction is difficult to distinguish due to its low euphoric effects as compared to alcohol or heroin, etc. Depending upon the level of tolerance, it produces a few or no pleasurable effects, especially when it is prescribed for the addiction treatment of opioids.
Addiction to Suboxone
The physical dependence on Suboxone is the most perplexing factor which is surrounded by withdrawal. Over time, tolerance is developed as the brain develops resistance against the low dosage of the drug. Eventually, tolerance enables you to feel normal instead of high with a large dosage. Withdrawal may begin when someone who is taking opioids for a long period and quit it suddenly.
If the use of Suboxone is cut off instantly, then uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, similar to the other opioids may develop. The intensity and period of the symptoms may differ from person to person depending upon the duration of drug usage as well as its dosage.
Some of the following symptoms may develop during the detox from Suboxone:
- Muscular pains
Suboxone detoxification varies from person to person. The duration of the detox can be identified by the intensity of the addiction to the drug. Some people have a withdrawal of a week or two but others may have it for a month or so.
Early start of the process, under medical supervision at a detox center, can decrease the duration of the detox. Gallus medical detox centers offer behavioral and cognitive therapies along with detox to overcome the complicated phase of the process where the patient may have an intense need for the drug to satisfy the cravings. Medically-assisted detox may also be customized individually to ease the way to the sobriety and controlled lifestyle by developing the abstinence.