What to Know About Suboxone Rehabs

Written by Chloe Nicosia

Suboxone rehabs can help you end a Suboxone addiction once and for all.

Suboxone is a drug that’s used to treat opioid addiction, but it has the potential for abuse itself. When used as directed, Suboxone prevents withdrawal from occurring when you quit using narcotic painkillers or heroin. It also staves off cravings that can put a wrench in recovery. But in the event you abuse Suboxone — or use it in a way other than exactly as prescribed — it’s possible to develop addiction and dependence. In these cases, Suboxone rehabs are essential for ending the dependence and addiction.

What, Exactly, is Suboxone?

Suboxone is four parts buprenorphine and one part naloxone. Buprenorphine is a synthetic opioid that’s used in medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. It’s a partial opioid agonist, which means that while it produces effects similar to opioids, including euphoria and respiration depression, the effects are far weaker than full opioid agonists such as narcotic painkillers and heroin. Buprenorphine has a ceiling effect, which means that using larger doses won’t increase the effects of the drug.

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist, which means that it blocks the effects of opiates. Naloxone is the drug that’s used to reverse opioid overdose. It’s added to Suboxone to further reduce the likelihood that someone will abuse it.

Suboxone Withdrawal Options: Medical Detox or Medication-Assisted Treatment

Suboxone rehabs end the physical dependence and psychological addiction to Suboxone. Treatment begins with medical detox or medication-assisted treatment. Medical detox is the process of allowing all traces of Suboxone to leave the body so that brain function can begin to return to normal. If you’ve developed a physical dependence, Suboxone withdrawal¬†will occur when you stop taking it. Suboxone withdrawal symptoms include nausea and vomiting, abdominal cramps and diarrhea, and muscle aches. These can be excruciating, but medical detox involves medications that reduce the severity of symptoms and shorten the time it takes to detox.

Medication-assisted treatment for Suboxone addiction involves taking medications that prevent withdrawal altogether or which reduce cravings once detox is complete. Medication-assisted treatment helps to normalize brain function so that you can focus on addressing the addiction, which is far more complex than dependence.

After Suboxone withdrawal is complete, or you’re set up on medication-assisted treatment, treatment for the addiction begins.

How Suboxone Treatment Works

Addiction is far more complex than dependence, which is strictly physical. Suboxone addiction is the result of changes in the brain’s physical structures and chemical functions that lead to compulsive drug-seeking behaviors. Addiction almost always has complicated underlying causes, such as chronic stress, mental illness, or a history of trauma. In order to successfully treat an addiction, these underlying issues must be addressed.

Additionally, the brain changes resulting from addiction affect thought and behavior patterns, and the addiction itself causes serious problems in your life. Successful recovery depends on addressing all of these issues.

High quality Suboxone rehabs take a holistic approach to treatment that involves both traditional and complementary therapies to address a variety of issues of body, mind, and spirit. Traditional therapies include psychotherapy, or “talk” therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or family therapy. Complementary therapies include art therapy, acupuncture, and restorative yoga.

Through a combination of therapies, Suboxone treatment helps individuals:

  • Identify and replace harmful thought and behavior patterns.
  • Identify and address underlying issues behind the addiction.
  • Develop essential coping skills for handling stress, cravings, and other relapse triggers.
  • Repair damaged relationships and restore function to the family system.
  • Learn how to relax and enjoy life without Suboxone.
  • Find purpose and meaning in a life without drugs.

It’s important to understand that all Suboxone rehabs are not equal, and high quality treatment is essential for successful recovery. Better Addiction Care can help you find a quality, holistic Suboxone treatment program that will help you end your Suboxone addiction once and for all while improving your life on many fronts for better health, greater happiness, and a higher sense of wellbeing.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, get help right away. Make a phone call that will connect you to a professional drug treatment center. The call you make may save your life or the life of someone you love. Call us today at 1.800.429.7690.