Suboxone Detox maintenance therapy

If you want to quit using heroin, pain medication, or other opiates, the most painless method of detoxification is suboxone treatment. It comes in pill form, or sublingual subutex strips from the pharmacy. Doctors must have a special registration number to prescribe the medication. “Suboxone strips allowed me to detox at home while keeping my job and functioning quite well in society.” Long term maintenance programs are becoming popular among the addiction medicine specialists. President Obama is mentioning “medically assisted drug treatment” in a few news shows I have seen recently. There are different opinions on this matter in the addiction field. AA and NA are against long term suboxone use. It is better to just detox for 7 days and get off the medication.

Take Anti-Addiction Medication Like Suboxone

Suboxone has been proven to help many heroin users eradicate that drug from their lives. It helps block the significant side effects of going through detox as well as curbing cravings for that drug. How suboxone works is that the brain’s opioids receptors are filled with this substance instead of heroin, allowing the user engaged in rehab to start to recover from addiction while experiencing a significantly reduced or even nonexistent high.

Things to be wary of when taking suboxone include becoming dependent on it. This becomes more likely the longer people use it to reduce the attraction of heroin. However, simply tapering the dosage while easing their way off of suboxone detoxification should do the trick. Only do so with medical supervision, however.


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Pharmacological therapy for heroin addiction has focused on alleviating withdrawal symptoms and reducing cravings. By replacing heroin or pain pills with legally obtained opioid agonists, many risk factors of the drug-abuse can be cleared.

Methadone maintenance therapy has been the standard of care for 30 years. However, the recent popularity of buprenorphine maintenance therapy is changing the landscape of treatment for opiate-dependent patients.

Methadone is a long-acting synthetic opioid agonist, usually taken once daily and replaces the need for multiple daily heroin injections, stabilizing the drug-abuse, reducing criminality, and also reducing needle sharing and sexual behaviors leading to transmission of HIV and other diseases.

Methadone is a Schedule II medication, only available at specialized methadone maintenance clinics. It is calculated that established methadone clinics can accommodate only 20% of US heroin addicts.

 Withdrawal Symptoms from Opiate Addiction alleviated with Suboxone.

For a patient addicted to opiate pain medication, serious withdrawals will start about 18 hours after last use. Depending on the amount of heroin used daily, the Suboxone taper will alleviate most symptoms of withdrawal you are experiencing, A severe taper is 8 mg 2 times daily, usually for 7 days. Moderate Suboxone taper is 4 mg twice a day to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and curb cravings for heroin or opiates. A mild taper is 4mg per day , also for 5 days. The patient can detox at home but it is easier to check in to a facility.

20 years ago there was only one way to detox from heroin, cold turkey, and that was horrible for the addict. With the development of suboxone, the patient can safely quit opiate pain medication without the severe withdrawal symptoms. Current medications used in detoxification from heroin include subutex or suboxone, valium, clonidine. In jail they only give clonidine for heroin withdrawals and that is basically going cold turkey.

Methadone detox clinics often cause controversy and protests in communities fearful of addicts in various forms of recovery. Some patients are unable to travel to detox clinics, and other addicts will not enter MMT because of fear of being labeled. Clearly other options would be beneficial for treatment of chronic opiate addiction.

Professional Treatment For Suboxone Wthdrawal Symptoms.

There are many other withdrawal symptoms that doctors and patients have to work together to combat. Withdrawal symptoms can be severe, especially after long-term usage. Medical professionals need to be enlisted in order to prevent side effects. In some cases, withdrawal could also lead to death. It is important to contact your local emergency center for treatment.  At Stepping Sober, we make sure that there is a friendly and supportive environment is provided for this. Moreover, our outpatient addiction programs help citizens return to normal functionality.

Suboxone is a mu-opioid partial agonist that suppresses withdrawals and cravings. The property of partial agonism confers a ceiling effect, that at higher doses of suboxone cause no additional effects. This detox ceiling effect is safer than methadone, which can be lethal if overdose occurs. This increased safety of buprenorphine has allowed it to be prescribed as a Schedule III medication.

Buprenorphine combined with naloxone in a 4:1 ratio makes Suboxone or a 6-7:1 ratio (Bunavail) in order to alleviate problems that may occur if the sublingual tablet would be dissolved and injected by addicts. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that is well-absorbed intravenously. As a result, an opioid-dependent patient injecting buprenorphine/naloxone will suffer a withdrawal syndrome.

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Studies have shown that a 4-week buprenorphine taper combined with naltrexone maintenance treatment boosted abstinence rates.

A random clinical trial found that detox patients with prescription opiate dependence whose buprenorphine therapy was tapered, used heroin again during the 14-week study period.