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Suboxone Withdrawal

Suboxone is a combination of two drugs generally marketed for opioid addiction therapy. The main ingredient is buprenorphine, which is a synthetic opioid that is only partially activating. The partial activation quality of buprenorphine means that Suboxone does not generally cause its users to feel as euphoric as most other opioids, although they may experience slight effects. Buprenorphine can help an opiate addict by continuing to give them the opioid that their body craves without giving them a high. The second ingredient that makes up Suboxone is naloxone. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist, which causes the user to not receive a high from taking opioids. Naloxone has proven to be effective in aiding the addict quit using drugs, as while on it, the user experiences no effects from abusing drugs.

Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

Most opioids, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, heroin, and morphine cause extremely uncomfortable withdrawal effects, often resulting in high rates of relapse. Common withdrawal effects include fever, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and nausea. More severe users may experience restless leg syndrome, irregular heart rate, and lung depression. Symptoms generally last for 5-10 days, with a few weeks of weakness and fatigue after. The withdrawal symptoms produce an extremely uncomfortable situation for the addict, and due to the physical and psychological pain, relapse is quite common, as it seems the only way to stop the pain.

Suboxone for Addiction Therapy

During the phase in which an opioid addict is experiencing withdrawal symptoms, Suboxone is sometimes prescribed. Generally, doctors ask that the individual has been clean for a few days before taking it, as the combination of buprenorphine and naloxone can cause rapid withdrawal for those who still have high levels of opioid in their system, ultimately resulting in a more painful detox. Suboxone gives the withdrawing individual the opioid that their brain and body crave without providing euphoric effects. Although Suboxone does have slight euphoric qualities, it is minimal in comparison with heroin, morphine, oxycodone, and other opioids. While taking Suboxone, the user does not experience any withdrawal symptoms. However, as the person begins to taper off of it, they may experience some negative side effects.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Suboxone withdrawal is a large issue for some users, as the withdrawal symptoms may seem unbearable. However, Suboxone withdrawal is generally far less severe than withdrawal from other opiates. Withdrawal symptoms from Suboxone mirror those from other opioids, but less severe. Users usually experience fevers, anxiety, slight depression, and insomnia. As Suboxone contains short acting opioids, it is substantially easier to withdraw from than longer acting opioids such as methadone. This is one of the main reasons that Suboxone has overtaken methadone as the medication of choice for addiction therapy. Because of the slight potential for abuse, and the withdrawal symptoms, Suboxone should only be taken under medical supervision.

Suboxone has been proven to be most effective when coupled with a form of psychological treatment, such as a rehabilitation facility, transitional living, or individual therapy. Although Suboxone may cure the cravings for drugs, and may ease the detox process, the cause of the person’s addiction must be dealt with in order to abstain from future drug use.

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Our mission at The Hills Treatment Center is to offer a unique combination of educational and therapeutic drug and alcohol rehabilitation. In that spirit we present answers to some frequently asked questions. However, don’t stop here. Our knowledgeable and compassionate admissions specialists are available to speak with you personally 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How do I know if someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol?
Diseases of drug and alcohol addiction are complex and impactful. We encourage you to speak with your physician, or refer to the symptoms checklists offered by respected agencies in the field of addiction research and treatment like The National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA .
What drug and alcohol treatment choices do you offer?
At The Hills, we offer a wide variety of treatment choices ranging from residential drug and alcohol treatment to intensive outpatient treatment, each applying the latest and best addiction treatment therapies. Plus, at every level there are counseling and support groups from which to select to maximize the process of recovery.
Is detoxification a painful experience?
Not if you’re detoxing from drug or alcohol addiction in a residential setting at The Hills, where you’re given round the clock care and attention every step of the way, safe and secure in a private room with counselors, message therapists, and world class chefs to aide and advise you in comfort.
What if your detox program doesn’t work for my needs?
That’s not possible at The Hills Treatment Center because all of our treatment plans are personalized to specifically support the rehabilitation and recovery of each individual client.
Can I receive treatment for more than one addiction?
Yes. The Hills recognizes that many people suffer from multiple addictions compounded by mental and emotional health issues. Our Dual Diagnosis program addresses all of these compounding issues.
Won’t drug and alcohol treatment put me behind at school?
We understand how important it is to achieve your academic goals, but that will not be possible without addresses the challenges of addiction. Through our Young Adults program we will develop a rehabilitation schedule that allows you to continue your education.
What happens to me after detoxification is complete?
You are not left alone after drug or alcohol detox. We offer a myriad of counseling and educational programs to support your rehabilitation and recovery including Relapse Prevention, Sober Living and Sober Companions, Family Outreach, and New Lease on Life.
Who comprises your staff?
The staff here at The Hills is led by eminent addiction expert, Dr. Howard C. Samuels; columnist, published author, television talk-show guest on the leading edge of drug and alcohol treatment modalities. Our team of experienced professionals and paraprofessionals often know first – hand what drug and alcohol treatment and recovery are all about. Our team is here to assist and support you at all times.

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A guide to locating appropriate treatment, entering a rehab and more. Includes questions and answers, and a California Drug Rehab Guide.


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About Dr. Howard Samuels

Howard C. Samuels, PsyD is a leading drug and alcohol addiction expert. He is a licensed therapist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with years of experience running two successful treatment centers, and is the founder of The Hills Treatment Center.

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