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How to treat Suboxone addiction

Have you been subscribed Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone), or used Suboxone recreationally, and are afraid you have become addicted? Do you think that you or a loved one exhibits symptoms of Suboxone addiction?  While Suboxone addictive properties have been minimized due to the action of the drug to occupy opioid receptors WITHOUT inducing euphoria at therapeutic levels, addiction to Suboxone is still possible.  We present a guide for the process of treating Suboxone addiction here. Plus, a section at the end for your questions about Suboxone.

Suboxone addiction treatment: Are you even addicted?

The most important thing you need to do is decide if you are really addicted to Suboxone, or not.  If you are taking Suboxone to get high, you are abusing Suboxone, which could lead to addiction.  Medically, the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) labels drug dependence as a pattern of substance use leading to significant impairment or distress. Psychological dependence on Suboxone is identified by having one or more of the following things occur in your life over the past year:

  • Continued use of Suboxone despite having persistent or recurring social or interpersonal problems
  • Failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school or home
  • Frequent legal problems for Suboxone abuse
  • Frequent use of Suboxone in a situation that is physically hazardous, such as driving a car while using

As addiction is a two-pronged disease, it is also important to take note of the physical dependence you may feel. Physical dependence is shown by a tolerance to buprenorphine and naloxone. If you are taking more and more of the drug to acquire the same desired affect, your body has a tolerance, and therefore may be dependent on Suboxone. Some other symptoms of physical dependence include withdrawal when doses decrease significantly and persistent desire and unsuccessful attempts to control use.

Treating Suboxone addiction

If you are experiencing any one of the signs and symptoms of Suboxone addiction, it is important to reach out and seek help. There are many different options for treating Suboxone addiction. These options include:

Detox – Always detox from Suboxone under medical supervision. While you many not need to detox from Suboxone in a clinic, consult with a doctor to help you with your decision. It may be important to take a pharmacological approach to detox and withdrawal.

Psychotherapy – Behavioral treatments for Suboxone addiction are essential for a full recovery and sober living. It is important to address the root of the addiction and make behavioral adjustments in order to change your mindset from drug use. Individualized drug counseling and group counseling help you deal with past trauma or reasons while compel use.

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Outpatient Treatment – This is the most cost-effective type of Suboxone addiction treatment and is more suitable for people who have a job or a strong support system and a safe environment to live in already. The programs vary from low-intensity drug education to intensive day treatment.

Short Term Residential Treatment – When entering an addiction treatment facility, the staff will work with you and ensure a safe detox, and begin behavioral changes to change your lifestyle and ensure sober living. These programs run between 3 and 6 weeks in length and employ a modified 12-step approach to treating addiction. Longer outpatient programs typically follow, if needed.

Long Term Residential Treatment – When choosing this option, you elect to stay in a supervised treatment center for a specified amount of time, usually between 6 months and 12 months. During long term rehab, you will be in a facility under care and supervision 24 hours a day. These facilities typically employ therapeutic communities, which allows for a social context with other residents and staff as an active component of treatment.

Treatment for Suboxone addiction

Treating Suboxone addiction is possible. Where can you find it? These are some to find treatment for Suboxone addiction:

1. Find a Suboxone addiction treatment center. Contact 1-800-662-HELP for a 24/7 treatment locator or use http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/ to locate a treatment center near you.

2. Find a clinical psychologist specializing in Suboxone addiction. When seeking a psychologist, make sure you find one that you can trust and be honest with. It is important to be able to tell your psychologist everything, as they will work with you to deal with the psychological aspects of addiction. You can consult the American Psychologist Association’s Psychologist locator for a directory of licenced and qualified mental health professionals near you.

3. Find a Suboxone addiction support group. Support groups, such as Narcotics Anonymous, work 12-step programs and rely on members of the program to teach each other about a drug-free life. You might also be interested in more secular non-12 step approaches such as SMART Recovery or Rational Recovery to help you.

4. Talk with your physician. Your general physician or family can help you find the right treatment method and can refer you to a detox facility if necessary. Your prescribing doctor can also refer you to addiction and mental health services in your area.

How to treat Suboxone addiction questions

There is a solution to Suboxone addiction. Do you have more questions regarding Suboxone addiction? Have advice or expertise that you want to share? Please comment with your questions and we will answer quickly and personally.

Reference Sources: NIDA: Principles of drug addiction treatment
U.S. Federal Courts: Table 1: DSMIV-TR Criteria for Substance Abuse for Dependency
NIDA: Treatment approaches to drug addiction

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One Response to “How to treat Suboxone addiction
Roseann
4:16 am February 7th, 2016

I’m currently under Dr.’s care, with the suboxone maintenance program. It is helping me stay clean. There will be a day, that I will reducing my intake, under my Dr’s. Supervision. I am nervous about this. I know there are withdrawal symptoms being without suboxone, because I have experienced it. It feels just as bad, if not worse, than detoxing off of heroin. There is no easy way out. Maybe u can advise me, with ur knowledge of detoxing off of suboxone. Thank you!

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