Suboxone is a drug that is specifically prescribed to treat opiate addiction. It belongs to the opioid family of drugs, but unlike heroin and morphine, it is only a partial agonist. A partial agonist is a drug that mimics the opiate effects of heroin, morphine, codeine or other opium-derived drugs but it does not have the same narcotic effect. It does not produce the same euphoric high and so it is not as highly addictive as heroin or morphine. While it is not addictive, people who take it can still develop a dependence on Suboxone. This means that if they stop taking Suboxone, suboxone withdrawal symptoms will occur.
The drug Suboxone was developed by an American scientist working at Columbia University. It was initially developed as a drug that can be taken by people suffering from chronic pain and have become addicted to heroin or morphine to stop the pain;
Since their pain is chronic, their quality of life will suffer without pain relief: suboxone offers pain relief without the addictive euphoria.
Does it sound too good to be true?
In 2000, another use of Suboxone was sanctioned by the Drug Addiction Treatment Act which authorized the establishment of Suboxone treatment programs aimed at helping heroin and morphine addicts to be cured of their addiction.
The ideal use of Suboxone after the passage of that law is no longer as a substitute pain reliever to heroin or morphine. It was declared as a drug addiction treatment.
A person addicted to heroin or morphine quits cold-turkey and before heroin or morphine withdrawal occurs, the person takes Suboxone. It is prescribed to be taken only for seven days under the law. The seven-day period is the duration of acute heroin and morphine withdrawal.
Suboxone is prescribed as a substitute pain killer to heroin and morphine only until the withdrawal symptoms of heroin and morphine have subsided. Then the dosage will gradually be decreased until after the acute heroin or morphine post-acute withdrawal stage is over.
Suboxone tricks the brain into thinking that it is still getting the same opiates but in truth, the opiates are slowly being removed from the body but without the body going through full-blown acute heroin or morphine withdrawal.
Suboxone is referred to as a step-down drug. It contains buprenorphine, an opioid medication with a less intense “high” than morphine or heroin; and it also contains nalaxone, a drug that occupies the opiate receptors of the brain and blocks other opiates from affecting the brain.
The problem is that people often get dependent and addicted to suboxone itself. What was intended as a temporary remedy to relieve withdrawal symptoms of heroin and morphine addictions, becomes a drug of choice as it fulfills the same tasks of heroin and morphine: it stops the pain; but it is not addictive in that it does not give a ‘high” and yet, it gives pain relief.
So what happens when you get hooked on the step-down drug, suboxone? What happens when you become overly dependent on suboxone? Well, for one, your financial well will dry up. Suboxone is very expensive. This is why it is a temporary
relief. You simply cannot afford to go on taking Suboxone as it costs too much. Your insurance may cover the suboxone treatment but the treatment beyond seven days will no longer be covered by most insurance policies. After the seven days, you cannot rely on your insurance to cover the cost of purchasing suboxone. You will be on your own.
So let’s say you have become dependent on Suboxone. You feel better but you are bothered that your expenses have ballooned. You decide to stop taking suboxone.
What happens next?
Your doctor or your drug rehabilitation professional will try to wean you off of suboxone. You will be titrated: this means that you will be given a gradually smaller dose until your daily dosage of suboxone amounts to no more than one milligram a day. This will ease the transition from suboxone to being finally pain-killer free.
But what if you do not wean yourself off of suboxone first? What if you decide to quit cold-turkey? You go into suboxone withdrawal.
The good news is: suboxone withdrawal symptoms are not as intense or as acute as heroin or morphine withdrawal. Heroin and morphine withdrawal must be undertaken only under medical supervision because serious withdrawal symptoms such as seizures and strokes may occur. In contrast with this, suboxone withdrawal is quite mild, precisely because it creates no addiction.
The bad news: there is a trade-off to mild suboxone withdrawal symptoms; suboxone detoxification takes longer. This means that it takes longer for the suboxone to be removed from your system.
The mild suboxone withdrawal symptoms will not go away in seven days. Acute Suboxone withdrawal lasts for two to three weeks and post-acute suboxone withdrawal lasts for a year.
As with all opiate withdrawal, there is the acute stage which is the most intense part of withdrawal. After this comes the post-acute stage which is the roller-coaster ride which will last for three months to a year. If you’ve read the other articles on opiate withdrawal in this website, you will know that the acute stage of opiate withdrawal is usually a physical withdrawal and the post-acute stage of opiate withdrawal is emotional and psychological.
Insomnia or lack of sleep is one of the side effects of taking suboxone: when you are taking suboxone, you will not get much sleep. But when you go into suboxone withdrawal, insomnia is also a withdrawal symptom. Suboxone deals your sleep pattern a double whammy! You will have problems sleeping.
You will not be able to sleep when you are experiencing acute withdrawal. Your heart will race as though you were extremely nervous and excited all at once. And this will last for two or three weeks.
You will not be able to sleep either when you are experiencing post-acute withdrawal. This time, along with agitation, you will also wrestle with feelings of frustration, of inadequacy and impatience. You are unable to sleep because of the episodic physical symptoms but later, the episodic symptoms are accompanied with emotional upheaval as well. Expect to have problems sleeping.
What do you do when you are experiencing a post-acute suboxone withdrawal episode? First, remember that your goal is over-all health and not just weathering the withdrawal episode. Second, you must take charge over your body: only put in it what’s good for it. Third, you must be consistent in taking care of yourself.
What lifestyle changes can you implement?
- Learn to relax and take a load off. Learn not to bite off more than you can chew.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables. Avoid colas, coffee, tea and other stimulating beverages that aggravate agitation and nighttime sleeplessness.
- Take vitamin supplements that are rich in the amino acid L-tyrosine and Bc12.
- These have a calming and soothing effect on the nerves and the muscles.
- Establish a regular routine that includes exercise and rest.
- Explore other means of pain relief such as meditation, acupuncture and massage.
Being pain-free and being suboxone-free is worth all the effort. Taking control and taking charge of your life will bring its rewards and fulfilment. You can step away from the step-down drug that is Suboxone.Read More
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