Suboxone® Addiction

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Tom Smith

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What you will learn

  • Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, meaning it activates the opioid receptors in the brain but to a lesser extent than full agonists like heroin or oxycodone.

What is Suboxone®?

Suboxone is a medication used to treat opioid dependence and addiction. It contains two active ingredients: buprenorphine and naloxone.

  • Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, meaning it activates the opioid receptors in the brain but to a lesser extent than full agonists like heroin or oxycodone. It helps to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid dependence without producing the same level of euphoria or respiratory depression as full opioid agonists. 
  • Naloxone is an opioid antagonist, meaning it blocks the effects of opioids by binding to opioid receptors and reversing their activity. In Suboxone, naloxone is included as a deterrent to misuse. 

Understanding Suboxone Addiction

Even though the purpose of Suboxone is to alleviate some of the challenges associated with addiction, it can also lead to addiction on its own. Although Suboxone is prescribed as part of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction, it can still be misused or diverted for non-medical purposes. Some individuals may misuse Suboxone by taking higher doses than prescribed, crushing and snorting it, or injecting it to achieve a euphoric high. Misuse or unauthorized discontinuation of Suboxone can lead to withdrawal symptoms and increase the risk of relapse. 

Effects of Suboxone Addiction

Suboxone contains buprenorphine, which is a partial opioid agonist. While buprenorphine has a ceiling effect on its opioid effects, meaning its effects level off at a certain dose, it can still lead to physical dependence and tolerance with prolonged use. Individuals may become dependent on Suboxone to avoid withdrawal symptoms, and some may escalate their dose to achieve desired effects, leading to misuse and addiction. The medication’s effects on mood and well-being may also contribute to its addictive potential, as individuals may come to rely on Suboxone to regulate their emotions or cope with stressors.

Stages of Addiction

Addiction often progresses through stages, starting with experimentation and occasional use, moving to regular use, and eventually leading to dependence and addiction. Oftentimes, we forget that relapse is actually common in addiction recovery and does not signify failure. It is often a part of the learning process and can provide valuable insights into triggers and areas needing further support. Relapse prevention strategies, ongoing therapy, and a strong support network are important for maintaining sobriety.

What to do if you suspect your loved one is addicted to Suboxone:

If you suspect a loved one is addicted to Suboxone, it’s crucial to approach the situation with compassion, empathy, and a commitment to support them through their journey to recovery. Here’s what you can do:

  1. Express Concern
  2. Educate Yourself
  3. Offer Support
  4. Encourage Treatment 
  5. Set Boundaries 
  6. Be Patient 

Addiction to Suboxone may also be influenced by the lack of comprehensive treatment and support services. Effective treatment for opioid addiction typically involves more than just medication alone and should include counseling, behavioral therapy, and support groups to address the underlying factors contributing to addiction and promote long-term recovery.  Remember that you can’t force someone to get help for their addiction, but you can offer support and encouragement along the way. 

Our Treatment Approach

  • Comprehensive Assessment: Each patient begins their journey with a thorough assessment to tailor a treatment plan that addresses their unique needs.
  • Medical Detoxification: Safely managing withdrawal symptoms under medical supervision is the first step in the treatment process.
  • Individual and Group Therapy: Counseling sessions help patients understand the root causes of their addiction and develop coping strategies.
  • Family Support and Education: Involving family members in the recovery process to build a strong support system.
  • Aftercare Planning: Ensuring long-term success with ongoing support and resources to prevent relapse.

Why Milestone Addiction Treatment?

  • Expertise in Stimulant Addiction: Our team has specialized knowledge in treating Suboxone and other addictions.
  • Holistic Care Options: We offer a range of therapies, including mindfulness and wellness activities, to support overall well-being.
  • Confidential and Supportive Environment: Patients receive care in a safe, non-judgmental setting that respects their privacy and dignity.

Take the first step towards recovery from your Suboxone addiction with Milestone Addiction Treatment. Contact us to learn more about our program and how we can help you or your loved one on the path to a healthier, drug-free life.

Tom Smith

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