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Suboxone Abuse and Addiction

Suboxone Addiction & Treatment

Living with an active drug or alcohol addiction can feel like an isolating place to be. While you have thought about quitting your substance abuse and living a life free of drugs and alcohol, it can feel hard to know where to start in finding the help you are searching for within an addiction treatment program. At The Detox Center of LA, you will no longer feel alone in your journey with substance abuse. Our team will welcome you into our recovery center with compassion and empathy as you embark on the life-changing journey of alcohol and drug rehab. Whether you have been engaging in substance abuse for an extended period of time or if your drug abuse recently began, our team will develop a treatment plan that will support you in finding your new way of life in addiction recovery.

What Is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a prescription medication that is commonly prescribed to individuals attempting to quit their opioid use disorder through a safe, stable method. Suboxone helps in reducing opioid withdrawals and cravings as well as a maintenance medication for those living in addiction recovery and abstaining from opioid abuse. Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone which are both opioid agonists. Individuals will take Suboxone in a pill form and dissolvable film that is prescribed to be placed under their tongue or in the cheek for maximum effectiveness.

Signs of Suboxone Abuse and Addiction

If you are concerned about your use of suboxone or a loved one’s use of suboxone, the following signs and symptoms will indicate if you are at risk or have a suboxone addiction: 

  • Impaired or weakened physical and motor coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty concentrating or ability to focus
  • Weakness
  • Blurred vision or weakened vision 
  • Shallow breathing
  • Itchiness 
  • Drowsiness
  • Sleeping for long periods of time 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Stomach aches 
  • Rapid heart rate 
  • Changes in appetite 
  • Disinterest in activities that once brought your joy 
  • Isolation from loved ones 
  • Problems maintaining work or school commitments 
  • Having financial problems from your use of suboxone 
  • Stealing money or going to multiple doctors to get more suboxone 
  • Hiding or lying about your substance abuse to loved ones 
  • The majority of your time is spent planning for, thinking of, or engaging in suboxone abuse

Suboxone Withdrawal Symptoms

When you choose to stop taking suboxone, there is potential for individuals to experience withdrawal symptoms that will range in severity depending on the extent and history of your opioid use disorder. Withdrawal symptoms can occur for a period of a week for up to a month depending on your history of substance abuse. Common withdrawal symptoms that individuals will experience are: 

  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting 
  • Headaches
  • Muscle and body aches
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive system complications 
  • Indigestion
  • Anxiety
  • Depression 
  • Flu-like symptoms 
  • Fever
  • Chills 
  • Severe cravings for opioids
  • Excessive sweating

Long Term Side Effects of Suboxone Abuse

Individuals engaging in long-term suboxone abuse have an increased risk of experiencing an opioid overdose. With the growing concern of opioid overdose across the nation, many are concerned about opioid abuse and want to seek treatment but find the severe cycle of drug addiction can be difficult to escape without the support of an addiction treatment program. For those individuals that continue with suboxone buprenorphine abuse for a long period of time, there are the following risks for long-term side effects: 

  • Confusion or disorientation 
  • Small or constricted pupils 
  • Low blood pressure 
  • Decrease in tolerance for pain 
  • Constipation 
  • Dizziness
  • Respiratory depression 
  • Hallucinations either visual, auditory, or tactile 
  • Seizures
  • Opioid overdose 
  • Coma

Suboxone abuse has been known to impact a person’s mental health after long-term abuse significantly. Common long-term side effects that can occur within a person’s psychological health are: 

  • Chronic anxiety disorder 
  • Major depressive disorder 
  • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping 
  • Social isolation

Suboxone Addiction Treatment

The Detox Center of LA offers patients a comprehensive addiction treatment program that will support them in healing from the underlying causes of their drug addiction while gaining the tools for addiction recovery. Our team of medical professionals and licensed addiction counselors will provide you with an individualized treatment plan that is centered around your specific goals for addiction treatment and areas of personal growth and healing.

Patients within our recovery center can choose between inpatient treatment programs where they will reside within our recovery center or outpatient treatment options that offer a flexible schedule for drug rehab while allowing them the ability to return home each night. No matter which treatment option you choose, you will have access to various evidence-based treatment methods that will support you in healing from the physical, emotional, and mental addiction to drugs while supporting you in achieving a life of sober living.

Our team will provide you with education and life skills development for relapse prevention, crisis management, and coping skills that will ensure that you can maintain your sobriety and overcome any potential triggers that come your way. Our team is committed to your success in addiction recovery and will be there every step of the way as you go through your recovery program. Contact us today to have any of your questions answered about addiction treatment and begin your healing journey of addiction treatment.