Used as drug for recovering from opiate addiction, Subutex is administered as a pill that melts when placed under the tongue. The main active ingredient in Subutex is buprenorphine.
A report by SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, found that more than 30,000 emergency room visits involved buprenorphine in 2010. Just five years prior, buprenorphine was implicated in just over 3,000 emergency room visits.
Subutex has the same general effects as most other opiate drugs, primarily feelings of euphoria, mental calm, and muscle relaxation. Other common side effects of Subutex use include:
As effective as Subutex is at treating addiction, it can be addictive itself when misused. That addiction that can cause a variety of problems to your health, but it poses an even bigger threat to your personal relationships. Addiction causes reckless behavior, which exhibits itself through isolating yourself or lashing out at loved ones. Subutex abuse is also associated with numerous physical complications, including:
Addiction is a chemical dependency brought on by changes in the amount of hormones in your system. Subutex, for example, can trigger a flood of dopamine to your system. Among other things, dopamine causes feelings of reward, so you may continue taking Subutex for that sense of reward. To adjust, your brain will also produce less dopamine normally, which forces you to take more Subutex to feel normal.
The goal of detox is to allow your body to flush out the harmful chemicals that have built up in your system from drug abuse. This is usually accomplished by administering medication and tapering off drug use.
Inpatient care is your best option for detox treatment. With inpatient care, you stay in a safe, supportive environment to focus on your detox. You also have immediate access to a medical staff for whatever you need. The staff can administer medication, provide counseling for emotional support, and develop personalized treatment plans to help you on your journey.
Detox is just the first step in the recovery process. Detox usually leads directly into a longer rehabilitation program, which works more on you as a person. Through rehab, you can develop your personal character and gain tools and knowledge to cope with your addiction and maintain sobriety for long-term health.