A formula that mixes buprenorphine and naloxone, Suboxone is the brand name for a common drug prescribed for recovery from opiate addiction. The drug was only approved in 2002, making it a fairly new addition to the market.
Despite its effective treatment of opiate addiction, Suboxone has a high potential for addiction itself. Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows that over 30,000 emergency room visits in 2010 involved buprenorphine abuse. Just five years prior, buprenorphine was involved in just 3,000 emergency room visits.
Naloxone is an opioid antagonist, and buprenorphine is a partial opioid analgesic. Suboxone is similar to other opiate drugs and is noted by instilling feelings of euphoria, reduced pain, and physical calm. Other common side effects include:
Suboxone can be potentially habit forming even at small doses. Addiction has an immense impact on your physical health, but it can be most harmful to your personal life. Addiction causes reckless behavior driven by using and obtaining drugs. This can lead to you lashing out at or pushing away your loved ones.
Contrary to popular belief, addiction isn’t a personal choice. It’s based on a chemical dependency. Suboxone causes a flood of dopamine, the hormone responsible for motor control, motivation, and reward. Many users will take Suboxone to trigger that feeling of reward. Your body will also adjust to the dopamine rush by producing less of it or inhibiting its effects. That forces you to take more Suboxone to maintain homeostasis.
Detox is your first stop on the road to recovery. Its main goal is to flush harmful toxins out of your body. This is usually accomplished by tapering off drug use and administering medication.
Inpatient care is the best option for detox treatment. It provides a safe, supportive setting that is free of distractions and negative influences that could cause relapse. Most importantly, inpatient care gives you easy access to an experienced team of medical professionals. Medical staff can provide counseling for emotional support and ensure that you get any necessary medication and therapy.
Detox is just the beginning of your recovery. Detox generally leads directly into longer rehab programs, which help develop your personal character and give you the tools you need to maintain sobriety and good health for the long term.