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Subutex Abuse and Addiction

Suboxone Withdrawal and Detoxification

Once the addiction develops, it becomes very hard to get rid of it without a proper treatment program. It is important to make a decision and stick to it no matter what. Withdrawal can be difficult but it is important to endure it to make a successful recovery. Specialized rehab centers or detox centers can help make the process less painful. At Addiction Rehab Centers, a team of experts evaluates the condition of the patient and devises a treatment plan accordingly. It is made sure that the individual needs of the patient are met and he is made to avail every treatment option helpful during detox.

Suboxone withdrawal symptoms:

Withdrawal symptoms are a number of symptoms that appear after quitting the drug. They are indicative of the fact that the body and mind are no more able to function normally without the drug. It is important to endure these symptoms to make a successful recovery. Most patients end up relapsing during this period because they prefer to take the drug than to endure the pain.

Some common withdrawal symptoms associated with Suboxone addiction are:

  • Nausea or vomiting – it is a very common withdrawal symptom experienced in most drug withdrawals.
  • Excessive perspiration – the body sweats excessively to remove toxins from the system.
  • Loss of appetite – appetite is lost but at the same time, it is important to stay properly hydrated and healthy. Detox centers can be helpful to take care of such aspects.
  • Exhaustion – the patient feels excessively tired and drowsy.
  • Trouble falling asleep – the patient experiences restlessness and troubled sleep. Sleep aids can help ease the pain.
  • Diarrhea – the body uses diarrhea as a measure to remove toxins from the body. It may leave the patient dehydrated so it is important to maintain the proper hydration.
  • Body aches – the patient experiences pain due to muscle cramps.
  • Drug carvings – the addict experiences excessive cravings for the drug. At Addiction Rehab Centers, medications are used help them settle down.

Apart from these physical symptoms, psychological withdrawal symptoms are also experienced by the users such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings

Suboxone withdrawal timeline:

Suboxone is a long acting drug. It takes some time to produce its effects on the user and as a result, it also takes longer to leave the body. So Suboxone withdrawal may take longer than opioids. The time duration may also vary depending upon the amount of drug consumed by the user. Greater the drug consumed, longer will it take for it leave the system.

  • Days 1 to 3:Physical withdrawal symptoms begin to appear within a few hours of quitting the drug. Symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and muscle aches begin to kick in within 6-12 hours of quitting the drug. However, medications can be provided by Addiction Rehab Center experts to ease these symptoms.
  • Days 4 to 7:By this time, physical symptoms start to get better although they are still present. Psychological symptoms like insomnia are also experienced by the user. Other psychological symptoms like anxiety and irritability also start to appear.
  • Week 2 to 4: Physical withdrawal symptoms subside by this time, however, psychological ones may be present. Even after completion of treatment, some users may experience symptoms like depression. Such conditions need to be addressed by the treatment team.
  • 2ndmonth and on: By this time, physical and psychological withdrawal is over. However, a risk of relapse is there which should be prevented by employing useful techniques. Cravings for the drug may also be present.

Dealing with Suboxone withdrawal symptoms:

Apart from using medications, alternative treatment techniques can be used to help ease withdrawal symptoms. It is important to provide a healthy and friendly environment to the addict in a rehab center. Such techniques are given due importance in Addiction Rehab Centers.

  • Exercise can not only help boost physical health but also mental health by stimulating the production of endorphins.
  • Yoga and meditation can be immensely useful to help patient relax and cope with stress.
  • Maintaining healthy eating habits can help replenish depleted nutrients during withdrawal and detox.
  • It is important to keep the patient hydrated because detox can be a dehydrating process.
  • Make the patient contribute in healthy activities such as sports. The patient should also be encouraged to work on his hobbies.

Some medications that can help physical and mental symptoms of withdrawal include:

  • Antiemetics
  • Pain relievers
  • Sleep aids
  • Anti-anxiety
  • Anti-depressants
  • Anti-diarrheals
  • Multivitamins and supplements

Home detox vs. medically supervised detox:

Detoxification is a natural process carried out by the body and it starts as soon as the drug is quit. Although it can be carried out at home but it is not recommended due to the dangers of home detox. Physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms can be highly painful for the patient and they need a proper treatment. Most home detox patients end up relapsing with greatly increases the risk of an overdose. Also, aggravated withdrawal symptoms from home detox may even be deadly. Most psychological symptoms do not go away without a proper treatment program.