Suboxone Abuse and Withdrawal

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What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a synthetic opiate that, much like methadone, is most often used to help those in recovery manage the symptoms of withdrawal. As such, it is vulnerable to some kinds of dependency and abuse that are associated with other opiates, prescribed or not, and continued use of the drug can result in a physical dependency, even when used under the direction of a doctor.

The Path to Addiction

Like all opiates, Suboxone addiction can result in a powerful physical craving for the drug, causing painful withdrawal symptoms and making it difficult for the addict to function without it. Because it is usually administered on an outpatient basis, addicts may “shop” for more prescriptions from multiple doctors. Those who become addicted to Suboxone may become secretive about their activities, avoid family and friends, and have difficulties in work or school. A fixation on the drug and preoccupation with obtaining more is also common among those with a dependency on Suboxone.

The most dangerous side effect of Suboxone addiction is death, which can follow an overdose or adverse reaction when combined with alcohol or other drugs. Opiates depress the central nervous system, slowing breathing and impairing brain and motor functions. This can lead to respiratory failure and such complications are an indication that the user should seek immediate medical assistance. In addition, Suboxone can also damage the liver and kidneys.

Seeking Treatment

Withdrawal from opiates, including Suboxone, can be difficult and should take place under experienced medical supervision. At our Suboxone addiction treatment center in Orange County, our OneEighty detox program provides a safe and comfortable environment in which clients can undergo detoxification and stabilization while receiving around-the-clock medical care. Many Suboxone addicts may be looking for an effective way to complete rehab without further reliance on drugs, and Northbound is prepared to help. Our clinical staff will create a customized treatment plan that takes into account each individual’s needs, history, and challenges—including any co-occurring disorders that could otherwise interfere with the recovery process.

Northbound’s Suboxone rehab program in Orange County offers thirty, sixty, and ninety-day programs, has options for both residential and outpatient care, and provides single-gender CORE programs and houses. The Northbound Academy provides new goals and guidance for students looking to continue the education that was disrupted by addiction, while the Christian LINKS program is a great option for those who would benefit from a Christ-centered approach to rehabilitation. Northbound puts a strong emphasis on experiential therapy and staying active with the goal of helping our clients learn how to find enjoyment in an addiction-free lifestyle.

Northbound’s transitional and aftercare programs help clients reintegrate back into everyday life, providing the network of support needed to reach the critical one-year anniversary of sobriety. We recognize the fact that reintegration means learning how to deal with triggers, and we incorporate life skill lessons and coping strategies into our overall philosophy.

If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to Suboxone, Northbound is here to help. Contact our caring and experienced staff any time, night or day, and we will answer your questions and do everything in our power to put you on the path to a new, healthy and sober life.





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