Suboxone is a drug used to treat drug dependency and opioid addiction. The active ingredient in Suboxone, Buprenorphine, is also commonly used as a generic treatment for opioid addiction. Opioid addiction and drug dependency are slightly different, but people can simultaneously become addicted to or dependent on opioids. Opioid addiction results from either chronic use or abuse of prescription or over-the-counter medications that contain opioids; however, there are other types of drugs as well (e.g., heroin). Drug dependency can result from the chronic use of opioid medications even if you do not become addicted; however, it becomes more difficult to stop taking them without medical supervision such as what we offer at Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura.
Suboxone is a brand-name medication used to treat drug dependency and opioid addiction. It's a combination of two drugs—buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid that binds to the same receptors in the brain as other opioids, such as heroin or morphine. This means it effectively reduces physical withdrawal symptoms while preventing a person from craving another opioid high.
Naloxone is an opioid antagonist, meaning it blocks the action of other opioids at their receptor sites in your brain and body. Naloxone can also reverse an overdose if someone has taken too much buprenorphine for their tolerance level (which may be higher than what you're taking).
The first thing to understand is that the name “Suboxone” is the brand name of a medication. This means it’s the pharmaceutical company's version of buprenorphine, also commonly used as a generic form of treatment.
When you hear someone say they're taking Suboxone or they've been on Suboxone before, they might be taking Buprenorphine or have taken it in the past. It doesn't matter if it's brand or generic; both can treat opioid addiction and drug dependency equally well.
Opioid addiction is a mental health issue that can be treated with Suboxone therapy; drug dependency is a physical health issue that does not respond well to Suboxone treatment but requires other treatment methods, such as what is offered at Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura.
Opioids are a class of drugs that include heroin, morphine, codeine, and fentanyl. They work by attaching to opioid receptors in your brain and nervous system. The most common types of opioids used as pain relievers include:
Doctors may prescribe these medications for short-term pain relief, but they are often abused by people who don’t have valid prescriptions.
Physical dependence develops over time when your body becomes accustomed to a particular medication and needs it to function normally. When you stop taking this medication suddenly, withdrawal symptoms will occur because your body has grown used to having that level of the drug in its system—and it’s not there anymore.
Suboxone helps manage physical opioid withdrawal symptoms by acting as a replacement therapy for these drugs so that your body doesn't have to go through them alone.
One of the most common reasons people have trouble quitting opioids is because their bodies have become physically dependent on them. When you take opioids for an extended period, your body adapts to having these drugs in its system and begins to rely on them for everyday functionality.
As a result, the brain becomes accustomed to higher levels of opioids, which can cause withdrawal symptoms when they are stopped abruptly or taken at low doses. In addition, your body becomes more sensitive to the effects of opioids over time, so even if you stop taking them entirely and go through detoxification procedures. It's still likely that you will feel some symptoms associated with withdrawal from time to time throughout recovery.
The good news is that there are ways for people who want help quitting opioid addiction to do so successfully - especially if they're willing to work hard at it.
At Passages, we help make detoxification and recovery for people who want to overcome addiction a smooth and comfortable process.
The withdrawal process can be worse than quitting caffeine cold turkey. The body has become physically dependent on opioids, and the withdrawal process can be more severe if you have taken high doses for a long time. If your body is dependent on opioids, it needs them to function normally. When you stop using these drugs suddenly, your body goes into panic mode because it's not getting its "fix" anymore and reacts by producing more endorphins (also called endogenous morphine). This causes physical pain that feels like a bad flu mixed with aches throughout the entire body, anxiety attacks, and depression-like symptoms such as anger issues, irritability, and mood swings that may last up to two weeks after stopping use.
If this sounds like something that would apply to you, then there is hope! Suboxone® is a medication used in conjunction with therapy to help ease withdrawal symptoms so they're less severe than if done without assistance.
If you're struggling with substance abuse, finding a support system that works for you can be challenging. Many people turn to Suboxone as an alternative to other forms of treatment because it's quick and easy to use. Still, others may not understand the risks when the medication is not used properly.
It is important to remember that Suboxone is not a magical pill but a tool that can help people break free from opioid addiction. It does not work for everyone and, in some cases, may worsen if abused or misused. If you or someone you know needs help getting sober from opioids, it's best to seek professional treatment from a trained medical professional. Call Passages Malibu today at 888.920.8849 to learn more about our non-12-step addiction treatment program options.