Struggling with Suboxone addiction can be tough. For some people, it may even seem impossible. People sometimes attempt a Suboxone detox on their own, and when they feel the discomfort of the initial withdrawal stages they fear the entire process will be painful, and so they relapse to their old ways.      The good news is that there’s a much safer way to overcome Suboxone addiction.     In this article we’ll cover:    -What Is Suboxone? -Timeline And Withdrawal Symptoms -Why Detoxing on Your Own Could Be Dangerous -Medically Supervised Detox -What Are The Benefits Of Suboxone Detox? -3 Things to Look For In a Suboxone Detox Program -How to Avoid Relapsing -How to Know When Someone Needs Help With Suboxone Addiction -Next steps if you or a loved one are ready for help

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone combines naloxone and buprenorphine. This is commonly used for treating opioid addiction.  Narcotic and heroin painkillers are common opioid drugs. Now the Buprenorphine is similar to another class of drugs called opioid partial agonists. This is commonly used for relieving all kinds of opiate withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal symptoms and timeline

The Initial Symptoms (Days 1 – 3)  Here the physical symptoms will start to show within six to twelve hours after the last abuse of Suboxone pills. Chances are there that you might feel some discomfort like nausea, muscle pain, as well as diarrhea.   The Psychological Effects (Days 4 – 7) As your body starts to remove the Suboxone, you will start to experience insomnia. Now, this is where you might feel some psychological effects from the withdrawal. The most common ones are irritability and anxiety.   Depression Onset (Weeks 2 – 4) After they’ve made it through the first week, many people go through a depression period. This is often the body’s natural response (the comedown) after feeling irritable and anxious for up to seven days   Ongoing Cravings (Month 2 & beyond) By now the Suboxone is out of your system.  But because of the way the drug has rewired your brain, it will still feel the urge to use.  It’s during this phase where relapse treatment is vital for ongoing recovery.

Why detoxing on your own could be dangerous

Attempting a Suboxone detox at home can put people at risk of:

  • Relapsing One of the biggest challenges with curbing a Suboxone addiction is the discomfort of the withdrawal symptoms.  When the person starts to experience aches and pains, they feel the urge to take the drug again.
  • Electrolyte Imbalance During the withdrawal period the person may experience excessive diarrhea and vomiting.  This can lead to dehydration and an imbalance in electrolytes, which if left unchecked can lead to hyperkalemia and other serious conditions.

Some of the other side effects that come with quitting Suboxone cold turkey are:

    • Trouble falling asleep (and staying asleep)
    • Feeling mentally exhausted throughout the day
    • Brain fog and feeling confused
    • Inability to focus
    • Feeling unjustifiably stressed or anxious
    • Severe night sweats
    • Cold and flu symptoms
    • Aches and pains throughout the body
    • Lethargic or unmotivated
    • Being irritable and short towards others
    • Ongoing Suboxone cravings 
    • Feeling down, depressed, and even suicidal thoughts

For these reasons, it’s not generally recommended to attempt a Suboxone detox at home.

Now for the good news

The good news is that there is a safe way to recover, and avoid relapses moving forward.   A Suboxone detox program backed by medical treatment, in a safe environment, supported by a caring community can help you get your life back on track. And with aftercare programs designed to mend relationships, rebuild finances, and feel whole again, it is possible to build a bright future.     A full recovery is possible, and it’s never too soon to start a Suboxone detox program.

Medically supervised Suboxone detox

At Amatus Recovery Centers, the Suboxone detox program is designed to keep patients comfortable and cared for throughout the entire process.     Here’s what to expect:   Step 1   The patient gets a psychological and physical assessment, gets their lab work done, and receives a personalized treatment plan.  The patient is then shown to their room which has a comfy Tempurpedic bed, flatscreen television, and there will be plenty of meals and snacks available—everything to make sure they’re as comfortable as possible.     Step 2 — The patient is administered medical treatment by our certified professionals to alleviate their withdrawal symptoms.  The medication helps to reduce the typical stresses and pains that come with a Suboxone detox, which also helps curb their urge to use again.  The patient will have 24/7 access to staff who will regularly monitor and provide medication as needed.   Step 3 — Upon completion of the initial Suboxone detox the patient is then guided through a therapy program to help ensure ongoing recovery.  Depending on the patient’s unique needs, they might need one or a combination of therapies. Some examples are recreational therapy, expressive, group, trauma, motivational, family, cognitive behavioral therapy, aftercare, and even case management for issues like bad credit, helping with a criminal record, or finding employment.        The Suboxone detox, combined with the aftercare program, is all about setting the patient up for long-term recovery.  

What are the benefits of Suboxone detox?

  • Detox in as few as 7 – 8 days
  • Minimal feelings of discomfort
  • Safe withdrawal process, no rebounding 
  • Custom medication plan to prevent relapsing and reduce cravings 
  • Warm, caring medical professionals whose focus is on helping you recover

3 things to look for in a Suboxone detox program

Three of the biggest challenges to recovery are:    

  • Many people struggling with addiction fear the pain and discomfort during the withdrawal period of a Suboxone detox   
  • The anticipation of being judged or looked down upon keeps them from reaching out for help    
  • And the thought of repairing all the damage that has been done—bruised relationships, damaged credit, tarnished public records—can give people a sense of, “This is impossible, so why bother.”  

It all comes down to confidence and comfort.      If the person doesn’t feel confident they can actually recover, they’re not likely to try to beat their addiction.  And if they do try, if the person is feeling discomfort—either from the aches and pains of the withdrawal, or the perceived shame and guilt from their peers—they’re setting themselves up for failure.      When choosing a Suboxone detox program, here are the three important things to look for:      Medical assistance  Withdrawal can be uncomfortable and in some cases dangerous.  And while nobody should self-administer a medical detox, they also shouldn’t attempt beating the painful withdrawal stages without medical assistance.  A successful Suboxone detox program should be supervised by dedicated professionals at every step, monitoring vital signs, administering medication as needed, and guiding you through the first steps to recovery.     Positive community    Nobody wants to be surrounded by people who are constantly trying to “fix” them.  You want to be around people who are just like you, who understand you and what you’re going through.  One of the keys to a successful recovery is being part of a community of people who’ve been in your shoes and come out clean on the other side.  These people can show you the exact steps you need to take to get back on track (and stay there).    A personalized, long-term plan  The problem with one-size-fits-all detox programs is that each person is unique.  People have different backgrounds, emotional hurdles, and financial situations. They also have different tolerances, triggers, and physical and psychological needs. According to The National Alliance on Mental Illness roughly half of all people struggling with addiction also have unique mental circumstances that can affect the treatment methods and the duration they need for recovery. When choosing a Suboxone detox program you should look for one that takes the time to assess your personal circumstances.  Make sure the program asks about and takes into consideration the substances you’ve been using, the dosage and duration of use, and your full medical history, and uses that information to create a personal plan designed only for you.   With these three things, you can feel confident that your personal Suboxone detox program will get you where you’re going.   And you’ll know that you will get there comfortably with the proper medical treatment, and with the support of people who genuinely care about you.  

How to avoid relapsing

 After successfully detoxing the body from Suboxone, the next goal is to set the patient up for long-term recovery.   During this time it’s crucial to address any underlying issues like depression or anxiety.  And depending on each person’s unique needs, they might require one or even a combination of different therapies. Amatus Recovery Centers offer a variety of ongoing treatments:  Motivational interviewing We focus on each person’s unique strengths and skills to build a strong mentality, to show them they can achieve anything they set their mind to. The Benefit:  They’ll gain control of their thought patterns, and develop a self-motivated mindset. Expressive therapy We explore unique ways each person can express their self through creative and artistic outlets like music and art.  The Benefit:  They’ll unlock create potential they never knew they had, which will open up a bigger sense of meaning and purpose. Family therapy We act as the bridge between family and friends, to help develop an understanding of what the patient is going through. The Benefit:  Refresh past relationships, regain the support of loved ones, and finally feel understood and cared for. Co-occurring diagnosis We make sure that all of the patient’s issues get addressed by providing medications for each addiction. The Benefit:  They’ll feel comfortable and pain-free, which opens the door to all sorts of other positive feelings. Trauma-focused therapy We help them address emotional trauma, form a plan to tackle it head-on, and then leave it where it belongs…in the past.  The Benefit:  Not only will the person become emboldened, but they’ll feel a large sense of relief as they let go of the emotional baggage. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) We help each person build habits to recognize and handle internal stressors and external triggers.  The Benefit:  They’ll be mentally stronger, with a new sense of self-confidence. Case management We help to repair their credit, address public records, and resolve pending school or job concerns. The Benefit:  The person will feel competent and in charge of their life, with a whole new world of opportunity awaiting them. Aftercare We provide each person with techniques, strategies, and a list of resources to help them return to daily life without the fear of a relapse. The Benefit:  They’ll feel powerful, whole, and in control of their life moving forward.

How to know when someone needs help with suboxone addiction

 After successfully detoxing the body from Suboxone, the next goal is to set the patient up for long-term recovery.   During this time it’s crucial to address any underlying issues like depression or anxiety.  And depending on each person’s unique needs, they might require one or even a combination of different therapies. Amatus Recovery Centers offer a variety of ongoing treatments:  Motivational interviewing We focus on each person’s unique strengths and skills to build a strong mentality, to show them they can achieve anything they set their mind to. The Benefit:  They’ll gain control of their thought patterns, and develop a self-motivated mindset. Expressive therapy We explore unique ways each person can express their self through creative and artistic outlets like music and art.  The Benefit:  They’ll unlock create potential they never knew they had, which will open up a bigger sense of meaning and purpose. Family therapy We act as the bridge between family and friends, to help develop an understanding of what the patient is going through. The Benefit:  Refresh past relationships, regain the support of loved ones, and finally feel understood and cared for. Co-occurring diagnosis We make sure that all of the patient’s issues get addressed by providing medications for each addiction. The Benefit:  They’ll feel comfortable and pain-free, which opens the door to all sorts of other positive feelings. Trauma-focused therapy We help them address emotional trauma, form a plan to tackle it head-on, and then leave it where it belongs…in the past.  The Benefit:  Not only will the person become emboldened, but they’ll feel a large sense of relief as they let go of the emotional baggage. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) We help each person build habits to recognize and handle internal stressors and external triggers.  The Benefit:  They’ll be mentally stronger, with a new sense of self-confidence. Case management We help to repair their credit, address public records, and resolve pending school or job concerns. The Benefit:  The person will feel competent and in charge of their life, with a whole new world of opportunity awaiting them. Aftercare We provide each person with techniques, strategies, and a list of resources to help them return to daily life without the fear of a relapse. The Benefit:  They’ll feel powerful, whole, and in control of their life moving forward.

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