Suboxone is Buprenorphine and Naloxone and it is a sublingual film that comes in orange and has a logo imprinted on it with white ink. This is an opioid medication that is designed to provide a lesser euphoric effect in comparison to similar drugs such as Morphine, Heroin and Codeine. The purpose of this medication is to treat addiction to opiate drugs. It can also be used for a number of other purposes depending on what your physician recommends.
Suboxone is commonly recommended for use in drug treatment programs. Unfortunately because it is capable of producing a high, albeit a lesser high, it does have a great potential for abuse.
If you are abusing the use of Suboxone to produce a high like the opiate drug that you were previously addicted to, then you need to reach out for help. A drug rehab program in your local area is going to be able to provide you with the help that you are looking for.
It is important to understand that death via overdose can occur if you take Suboxone incorrectly, and this is why you should only ever use this medication according to the physician's recommendation. You should never take Suboxone in a manner that goes against the recommendation of your physician, otherwise you may take too much and put yourself at risk of injury or death in the process.
How is Suboxone Abused?
It is not terribly uncommon to become addicted to or abuse Suboxone for those who are using it as a way to break another addiction. Suboxone is often given to patients to who are going through the process of stopping a drug use as a means of weaning them from the other drug. Unfortunately, there are instances where the individual becomes addicted to the Suboxone instead and feels the increased need to keep adjusting the dosages up. This is particularly true for those who are on the medication long term for the treatment of drug abuse. The drug acts similarly to many addictive drugs and the body can change addictions to make Suboxone the drug of choice. The concept is that they will gradually work away from the Suboxone under doctor care. Close monitoring by the physician may not even spot the addiction.
Individuals who are addicted to Suboxone may not even realize it because they are being given the prescription to get away from another addiction. It may not seem clear to them that they gradually feel that they can't do without the Suboxone for a day. Taking Suboxone as directed does not necessarily insure that the person will not become addicted to the drug. When the dosages are gradually reduced by the physician the individual may suddenly feel that the medication needs to remain at the original dosage or increase. While Suboxone is intended to help the person move from their addiction, in some cases it could be simply replacing an addiction previously struggled with.
Suboxone Abuse Treatment
Ironically individuals using Suboxone to help them stop drug abuse can become addicted to the drug itself. In this case the person will need to go through the same process as any other drug addiction starting with detoxification to find recovery. The detoxification process will likely be more difficult as the drugs normally used to help them through this process will not be useful to them. The person will go through the withdrawal process under close watch and monitored for medical difficulties that can be controlled. After the process of detoxification and managing the many symptoms of withdrawal including headache, body aches, nausea, sweating, mood swings and general feeling of being sick, the person will need to work with a counselor in therapy.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a common treatment for those addicted to Suboxone. They will go through the process of determining why they are addicted to drugs in the first place and try to work through those issues. They will also learn what their own person hazards are when it comes to using drugs and find ways that work for them to avoid that use. Working in group therapy helps the addict to see themselves in their peers and feel as though they are not alone and will have some support in their work. Continuing these group sessions after leaving the recovery program can be beneficial to chronic users who need the extra help to get them away from bad influences and keep them on the drug free path.