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Signs and symptoms of Suboxone addiction

Signs and symptoms of Suboxone addiction

While doctors agree that Suboxone addictive-ness is much less likely than stronger opioids, you can become addicted to Suboxone (especially if you snort Suboxone or take Suboxone to get high).   So if you’re concerned that you or someone close to you is addicted to Suboxone…what do you do? In this article ,we will describe some of the signs and symptoms of Suboxone addiction, and educate you on the treatment of Suboxone addiction. Then, we invite your questions about Suboxone addiction at the end.

Symptoms of Suboxone addiction

Suboxone addiction includes both symptoms of abuse and symptoms of withdrawal. In fact, many symptoms are obvious and similar to those of other opiates and opioids, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone or codeine. Common Suboxone withdrawal symptoms include nausea and vomiting, along with diarrhea. Symptoms of Suboxone addiction or abuse to look for include:

  • apathetic mood
  • depression
  • drowsiness
  • increased blood pressure
  • poor memory
  • slurred speech
  • small pupils

There are also some things to look for in regarding a potential addict’s psychological and lifestyle changes. According to the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), the criteria for Suboxone abuse include:

  • continued use of Suboxone despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems due to Suboxone use
  • failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school or home
  • frequent legal problems
  • frequent use of Suboxone in situations which are physically hazardous, such as driving a car

If the person you are concerned about regularly has these problems, this may be a sign that they need to get help.

Suboxone addiction symptoms: Can they be treated?

Yes, Suboxone addiction symptoms can be treated. Any treatment for Suboxone addiction will combine psychotherapy, behavioral changes and pharmaceutical treatments. Addiction is a multifaceted disease that requires attention in all three areas. For long term sobriety, therapy and drastic behavior changes will be necessary.

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1. How to intervene

Start by contacting an addiction therapist to learn the best ways to approach an addict. It is important to approach the situation in the correct way, so the Suboxone addict will want to seek help rather than remain in their addiction. Remember that you may not be dealing with the person that you know, because addiction can change them. In most cases, an intervention can be a good idea. Talk to an intervention specialist to set up a time when you can confront the addict in a manner where they will be receptive.

2. Detox and withdrawal

Physical Suboxone addiction symptoms are addressed drugin Suboxone detox. When withdrawing from Suboxone abuse, tapering and gradual dose reducation can help. Clonidine may help ease nausea. A detox clinic or addiction MD specialist can tell you more about pharmaceutical options during Suboxone detox.

3. Outpatient Suboxone addiction treatment

Treatment options for Suboxone addiction also address psychological Suboxone addiction symptoms. Treatment for Suboxone addiction includes both outpatient treatment and inpatient residential treatment, depending on the needs of the individual. Outpatient programs run addiction treatment programs via a facility where the patient will only be at the facility for scheduled appointments. They will go through an initial assessment and then will have group counseling session, individual counseling sessions as well as a physician to treat the withdrawal symptoms and to make sure their health is not declining.

4. Inpatient Suboxone addiction treatment

An outpatient program may be a good idea for someone who still has a job and a safe place to live. However, if the addict doesn’t have a job or a safe environment to live in, an inpatient program, where they would live onsite, would be a better choice. Inpatient programs are similar to outpatient programs, but the addict will be under constant supervision from nurses and health professionals in order to combat the physical symptoms, as well as beginning the long-term psychological treatment.

5. Support groups

Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit, community-based organization for recovering addicts. Narcotics Anonymous members learn from one another how to live drug-free and recover from the affects of addiction. (na.org)

Signs of Suboxone addiction questions

Do you have more questions regarding the signs and symptoms of Suboxone addiction and treatment? Have advice or knowledge on the subject of Suboxone addiction? Send us your questions and we will respond quickly and personally.

Reference Sources: DSMIV-TR Criteria for Substance Abuse for Dependency
NIDA: Drug Facts: Treament approaches to drug addiction

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6 Responses to “Signs and symptoms of Suboxone addiction
4:17 am November 21st, 2014

I think my friend is addicted to Suboxone, she says she sick so we took her to a doctor, he agreed it looks like drugs but she passes the test so he took a blood test and we asked him to test for this without her knowing we find out wed, also a nuerooglist tomorrow , she has no idea we think this she thinks we believe her and we dont want to say anything just in case it is a medical problem her symptons are
mood swings, slurred speech, makes no sense when speaking, shakes,trouble breathing,seizure just sits in bed all day stopped being herself , weight loss, , lying all the time . if we did not step in she will be dead soon we need to know if these are signs wed is a long time and she is real bad

3:14 pm November 24th, 2014

Hi Fran. These all do sound like substance addiction symptoms. Did you get the results? What did the test say?

2:32 pm December 6th, 2014

I have been on Suboxone for 1 year now. Still angry with the in-patient program that I went through that believes an addict needs to be on Subs for a year while their body heals. I was never told in that hospital setting that then stopping Subs would be a similar problem to why I went there in the first place. Now being told that because of my chronic pain I may need to be on it my entire life. I was not an addict of injecting drugs. Why does it seem that the doctors out in the field seem to know less about Subs than an addict like myself that has no intention of trading one for another. Not being told up front these things I think borders on being criminal.The sub users I know have the same anger and desire to stop and yet no one will or can tell the sub patient what to expect by comparison. I am taking half of what my doctor thinks I take. So cold turkey from 8 mg daily would be comparable to jumping from what 6 percs a day? Anybody have an answer? I have spoken to American addiction centers that now admit people to detox from the subs used to detox from the opiates. What is going on beyond the tremendous fortune the company makes from its use. Simply Bewildered at a system that would trade one for another and say that it is helping. It does work well for my pain just keeps me stupid enough to not chase using other pain relievers. I have gained back all my weight plus some. I want to lose the plus some weight that I don’t want. Crying in the dark for help and then someone comes to the rescue and pulls the shade the rest of the way down.

5:18 pm December 11th, 2014

Hi Simply. I get your frustration, and believe me cross-addiction (as they call it) is more common than anyone would think. The thing is you get addicted to a medication in the first place since you become unable to live without the effects it produces. Using something else, so you don’t use the first med may help not use the first one, but you still grow to NEED the replacement. If it’s not done by following strict medical guidelines, it can be potentially risky.

7:01 pm March 20th, 2015

I had just broken up w my boyfriend who started suboxone a few weeks ago. he goes to a clinic to get them but will also go to other people to buy them. He seemed to sleep a lot his pupils were so small and acted violent

7:26 pm September 3rd, 2015

Hello, I was on suboxone for about 4 years. I went to rehab and I’ve been completely clean for 35 day. On Monday the 31st. I fond 2-8mg strips in my backpack and decided to cut into 1/4’s. Will this cause my to go back into full withdraw?

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