Suboxone is a narcotic approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for professional use during medically-assisted rehab treatment. Suboxone comes in the form of a small tablet and its main function is to reduce addiction cravings. It is most commonly used to treat heroin addiction, but has also been used to help with alcohol, marijuana and other opioids.
Unfortunately, some users can get addicted to the very substance that was supposed to be helping them kick addiction.
Suboxone is a combination drug of Buprenorphine and Nalxone. Buprenorphine produces similar effects of euphoria as other opioid substances, while Nalxone blocks opiates from being able to attach to opioid receptors. Combined, these drugs help alleviate withdrawal symptoms and can assist in overcoming addiction. While there is less of a risk in becoming addicted to Suboxone, it is best used in a credible addiction treatment program.
It’s difficult for people to go without the substance they’re addicted to for an extended period of time. They begin to crave the substance they are trying to get away from and may fall into relapse if their withdrawal is strong enough. Suboxone helps to mask withdrawal symptoms and prevent cravings, which allows our clients to get the most out of rehab.
Whether or not Suboxone is right for you or a loved one should be determined by a medical professional. It is not a “cure all” and should be used as part of a rehab program where proper care and supervision can be administered.
Some people believe by taking Suboxone by themselves, they will be able to cure their addiction. However, without a doctor’s prescription or professional moderation of the proper dosage, there are many dangers to taking Suboxone on your own. One risk you or a loved one may face is the accidental replacement of one addiction with another. Because Suboxone dulls the brain’s receptors, it is possible for someone to accidentally create an entirely new addiction and cause long-lasting damage.
If you find that you or a loved one begins to take more Suboxone than prescribed, talk to a medical expert immediately. Stop using Suboxone if you experience symptoms such as dizziness, drowsiness, blurry vision, or fatigue.
At The Raleigh House, we take a whole-person approach to addiction treatment. That’s why we offer both medically-assisted treatment with Suboxone and non-medically assisted treatment to help you get on the road toward sobriety and heal your body, mind and soul.
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