Is Suboxone addictive?
YES. Suboxone is addictive.
But what makes Suboxone (a combinations of buprenorphine and naloxone) addictive? While many people do not get high on Suboxone, it is possible. So how do you know that you’re a Suboxone addict? We’ll review these questions here. And then we invite your questions or comments about the addictive potential of Suboxone at the end.
What is Suboxone used for?
Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) is a medication used to help treat opiate addiction, making it easier to quit strong opiates like heroin or morphine without experiencing withdrawals. Suboxone helps suppress opiate cravings as well. However, in most cases, Suboxone does not cause the same feelings of euphoria as opiate medications so it’s less likely to be abused by drug addiction patients to get high.
What is Suboxone made of?
Suboxone is an opioid partial agonist-antagonist which contains the drugs buprenorphine hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride. This class of medication is not the same as straight opiates, but acts in a similar way on the brain. Basically, Suboxone works to stop drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms as well as block the effects of heroin if you take it.
How addictive is Suboxone?
Suboxone is much less addictive than other options for treating opiate dependence. Nevertheless, it’s possible to abuse Suboxone. If you use Suboxone in a way other than directed by a doctor (in large amounts, more frequently than normally taken, snorting Suboxone side effects, etc.), you are abusing Suboxone. However, doctors make an effort to keep patients from developing a Suboxone addiction during treatment for opiate withdrawals. They do this by carefully monitoring each individual’s Suboxone use.
Suboxone dependence vs. addiction
You’re more likely to develop a physical dependence on Suboxone than a drug addiction during the course of treatment. A dependence simply means that you are unable to stop using Suboxone without experiencing withdrawal effects. These effects are much more likely in someone who uses Suboxone long-term.
While addiction to Suboxone is a little less common than dependence, it can involve developing a tolerance to the medication, requiring greater and greater doses to achieve the same level of pain relief. Suboxone addicts also experience strong cravings for Suboxone. Despite the negative consequences of their actions, it’s difficult to avoid taking Suboxone for an addict. It is this psychological compulsion to use Suboxone in the face of negative outcomes which sets apart a Suboxone addict from a physically dependent person. And while it’s possible that Suboxone show on drug test, buprenorphine specific drug screens are costly and not normally used in standard employment drug testing.
How do you get addicted to Suboxone?
Are you abusing Suboxone by taking it too frequently or in larger than normal doses? If you’re taking Suboxone as directed in your prescription, you probably aren’t addicted. Factors which will make you more likely to develop a Suboxone addiction include:
- chewing or crushing Suboxone medications into a powder and snorting Suboxone
- crushing Suboxone to dissolve in water and inject
- taking Suboxone in higher doses than prescribed
- taking Suboxone more frequently than prescribed
Signs of Suboxone addiction
While it can be hard to distinguish Suboxone addiction and dependence, there are some tell-tale signs which can let you know if you’re addicted to Suboxone. If you feel the need to take Suboxone compulsively, or feel you’re unable to function normally without it, those can be signs of addiction. Other signs of Suboxone addiction include:
- Continuing to use Suboxone even if it has negative consequences
- Cravings for Suboxone (sometime even if you’ve taken it recently)
- Seeking Suboxone in order to stimulate the “reward center” of the brain
Suboxone addiction potential questions
Do you still have questions about Suboxone addiction potential? Please leave them here. We are happy to help answer your questions personally and promptly. If we do not know the answer to your particular question, we will refer you to someone who does.