Detox for Oxycodone Using Suboxone

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Detox for Oxycodone Using Suboxone

Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opiate prescribed for moderate to severe pain. It is marketed under the names OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet, Roxicodone and Roxicets. Oxycodone is classified as an agonist opioid. This group of analgesics provides some of the most effective pain relief available. It is most often prescribed for those with debilitating pain such as patients with bone or neurological degeneration or end-stage cancer. These drugs differ from other analgesics in that the analgesic effect increases with increased use. With continued use, a tolerance may be developed requiring larger dosages to achieve the same affects. This often leads to a dependency on the drug. Attempts to terminate use result in withdrawal symptoms which may include:

• Insomnia
• Nausea and vomiting
• Diarrhea
• Weakness
• Abdominal cramps
• Tachycardia
• Hypertension
• Muscle spasms and pain

Suboxone detox treatment has been found to be highly successful in treating oxycodone withdrawal symptoms. It can alleviate the pain and suppress cravings to allow patients to focus on other aspects of their treatment. The Suboxone detox center can provide treatment in a controlled environment. Suboxone detox protocol requires that the patient be monitored when the drug is first administered to ensure there are no adverse effects and to provide dosage stabilization. They detox center can also provide treatment for other medical problems arising from the drug abuse such as dehydration and malnutrition. Suboxone consists of two main ingredients; buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist. It produces many of the same effects as full opioid agonists such as heroin or morphine but without the euphoria. It is considered a much safer alternative than drugs such as methadone since it is less likely to cause respiratory depression.

Buprenorphine inhibits cravings by attaching to opiate receptors. Since it doesn’t produce the same euphoria as full opioid agonists, the potential for abuse is much less. Naloxone is the other active ingredient in Suboxone. It is a pure opioid antagonist and discourages intravenous use or dissolving the tablets by producing withdrawal symptoms. Subutex is another drug used to treat opiate withdrawals. It is similar to Suboxone in that the active ingredient is buprenorphine, but it does not contain naloxone. Suboxone and Subutex were approved for treatment of opiate addictions by the FDA in 2002.

In addition to medication assisted detox with Suboxone, treatment for oxycodone addiction includes education and counseling. It can help patients identify the underlying cause of their drug addiction. The treatment program also addresses coexisting disorders such as depression, bipolar and mood disorders. Patients participate in workshops to help the re-establish communication and living skills. Behavioral therapy is often an essential part of the program that helps patients overcome addictive behaviors.

Northbound Treatment Services offers sub-acute detoxification services in addition to residential inpatient and outpatient treatment. Our addiction specialists assist clients through the first phase of opiate detox using Suboxone, and then help them to taper off the medication before entering treatment. Suboxone is the first medication for treatment of opiate withdrawal symptoms to be approved for prescription by a physician’s office. The initial dose of Suboxone must be administered by a physician or healthcare provider at a drug rehabilitation facility. Afterwards, the patient may be able to administer the drug at home. Suboxone allows patients to become drug free without disrupting their daily lives.

Northbound Treatment Services can help individuals overcome oxycodone addiction. They offer medication assisted detox programs to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms. Their trained professionals provide a relaxed and caring environment to facilitate the recovery process. Patients receive individualized treatment programs to meet their specific needs. Northbound Treatment Services has a nationally recognized and award winning addiction recovery program that can help end substance abuse. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, contact Northbound today.

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