How to Break Your Suboxone Dependence
When you took the first step towards getting clean by starting on Suboxone, you thought you were doing the right thing. You were hoping that Suboxone would cure you of your opioid addiction and let you get your life back. Unfortunately, for some people, this is not the case. Taking Suboxone can actually create a Suboxone dependence, taking you back to square one of your addiction. In the end, all you’ve done is replace one drug for another.
Luckily, there are many ways to break your Suboxone dependence. If you would like to consult with a professional about more ways to detox from Suboxone, please give our helpline a call at 800-533-1341.
How Suboxone Can Become Addictive
Suboxone is comprised of two main ingredients: buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is the main ingredient and is a partial opioid. It mimics the effects of true opioids, attaching to opioid receptors in the brain and causing a similar but less potent high.
Its effects are also limited by naloxone, which is a opioid blocker. This helps to curb your withdrawal symptoms and control the effects of buprenorphine. Because it does such a good job at reducing withdrawal symptoms, many people like to stay on Suboxone after they’ve gotten off opioids to keep getting opioid effects.
Because Suboxone contains buprenorphine, a person can become dependent on it just like they are with opioids. This typically only occurs after extended use, longer than 20 to 25 days at a time. If you take it longer than that, you might begin to incorrectly think that you need to be on it or you will go back to opioids.
Additionally, many people like taking Suboxone because it helps to block 80 percent of a person’s feelings, helping you feel less depressed and anxious.
Avoiding Suboxone Abuse
Suboxone can be extremely easy to abuse if you neglect your doctor’s instructions about dosage and frequency. Normally, Suboxone is taken sublingually once a day. This provides a controlled dose with the naloxone gradually countering the buprenorphine.
However, when a person crushes up their Suboxone and either injects it or snorts it, the effects of the medication can become more extreme. It has been found to be 25 to 40 times more potent than morphine. Additionally, it will cause you to feel worse withdrawal symptoms.
Coping With Suboxone Withdrawal Effects
The best way to cope with your Suboxone dependence is to talk to your doctor. Admit that you have been abusing the medication or that you feel like you are unable to ever get off it. Your doctor can then develop a plan to help you get off the medicine safely and with the least amount of withdrawal symptoms possible.
- Problems sleeping
- Memory and concentration issues
- Lack of sexual interest
One of the best ways to combat these symptoms is to stay positive. While they may be severe, they are only going to last for a short period before you begin to feel better. Also, you can try:
- Exercising more
- Maintaining a regular sleep schedule
- Meditation or yoga to relax
- Talking with family and friends for support
Even if you are addicted to Suboxone, keep in mind that your future is not bleak. Getting addicted to Suboxone means that you have cured yourself of your more serious addiction to opioids. In comparison to that, reducing your Suboxone dependence should be a breeze. We’re here to help you at every step along the way. Whether you just need someone to talk to or would like to learn more about detoxing, give our hotline a call at 800-533-1341.