Suboxone Addiction

Suboxone Addiction

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About Suboxone Addiction

Suboxone is a combination of Buprenorphine and Naloxone and is used as a medication to help individuals suffering from opiate addiction. It is an irony that people often get addicted to the drug which otherwise helps people to get over an addiction. Suboxone, when used as directed by the doctors, acts as an efficient way of weaning someone off opiates without the severe withdrawal symptoms of going cold turkey.

Though Suboxone doesn’t cause the same “high” as other opiates, it effectively suppresses withdrawal and when used in large quantities may even have mind-altering effects. Like every drug, Suboxone abuse also leaves behind a trail which can be helpful in identification of someone having a problem with the drug. Here are a few symptoms one might look out for:

  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Loss of interest in normal activities
  • Difficulty maintaining responsibilities such as work and family
  • Excessive sleepiness or difficulty sleeping
  • Lying and manipulating
  • Constant obsessive thinking around getting and using the drug
  • Stealing money or drugs
  • Doctor shopping or frequent visits to the emergency room

Effects of Suboxone Addiction

Suboxone, when taken in large quantities, has a severe impact on one’s health. It is easy to overdose on Suboxone if someone combines it with other substances, especially alcohol leading to extreme respiratory problems. Other than that, it has several negative impacts on one’s body. Here are some of the physical, mental, and emotional side effects of Suboxone abuse:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Slurred speech
  • Poor coordination
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Depression
  • Drowsiness
  • Small pupils
  • Poor memory
  • Erratic moods and behavior
  • Difficulty in breathing

Withdrawal Symptoms of Suboxone

Like any other prescription drug, Suboxone is not a readily available drug. It requires a proper prescription of a registered medical practitioner. This makes it difficult to procure the drug, and an addicted individual may have to stop taking it until the time they figure out a new way to get the drugs. During this phase when an addicted person is unable to take the drug, Suboxone withdrawal will take place. The severity of withdrawal will vary from person to person and also depend on the quantity of the drug consumed. The withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Muscle and body aches
  • Insomnia or excessive sleepiness
  • Stomach problems
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Sweating and chills
  • Headache
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Depression

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How Akua Can be Helpful

The symptoms of Suboxone addiction and withdrawal can be very severe and unpleasant, and if not identified early enough and if left untreated for long, Suboxone addiction may also prove to be fatal. However, with proper Suboxone detox and other treatment, recovery from Suboxone withdrawal is possible. At Akua, we provide holistic treatment programs combining the time-tested traditions of East with the scientific approach of West to help our clients safely beat meth addiction. Our recovery plans are highly individualistic in nature so that all the unique requirements of our clients are addressed, and they can overcome their addiction with relative ease. Our dedicated staff is always there to help the clients whenever they hit a rough patch. At Akua, we believe in perfection and strive to give the best possible care to those who seek help. This makes Akua one of the best Suboxone addiction treatment centers in California. We provide all the three levels of care:

Detox from Suboxone
Integrated Detox Program

Suboxone detox is the first stage of recovery and has the following components:

    • 24 hour supervision
    • Gender-specific recovery programs
    • Psychiatric and nursing support
    • Group and individual counseling and therapy
    • Prepare the clients for the next phase of the treatment
Inpatient Drug Rehab Center
Residential Program

This is the second stage of recovery and usually consists of the following:

    • The duration may vary depending on the severity, though it typically lasts for 30 days
    • Gender-specific recovery programs
    • 24×7 guidance and support from our clinical team
    • Nutritious diet plans and meals prepared by our private chef
    • Recreational activities on weekends such as movies, beach activities, etc. under the supervision of the staff
Outpatient Suboxone Treatment
Intensive Outpatient Program

This is the last stage of recovery and will look like this:

  • The typical duration is of 20 -30 sessions which translates to 30-45 days
  • Mindfulness relapse prevention
  • Evening meetings (AA or any other 12 step meeting)
  • Group and individual assignments
  • Transportation and housing provided