Combating Suboxone Withdrawal Symptoms
The continuing battle against the opioid addiction epidemic has used medications for many years. One such medication, Suboxone, has been gaining in popularity and use for over a decade. Although it is thought to be relatively safe, there are some withdrawal symptoms if you need to stop taking Suboxone suddenly. These withdrawal symptoms are not dangerous but they can be extremely difficult to deal with without help.
Suboxone withdrawal Symptoms
Suboxone is a combination drug. It is a four to one mix of buprenorphine and naloxone. Since naloxone is not known to have withdrawal symptoms, it is the buprenorphine that produces them. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, buprenorphine has withdrawal effects similar to those of an opioid drug. That means the symptoms of buprenorphine withdrawal are:
- muscle aches
- joint pain
Again, these symptoms are not life threatening, but very unpleasant. When combined with powerful cravings for buprenorphine, these symptoms make stopping very difficult without some sort of treatment.
Medication Assisted Treatment
Medication assisted treatment remains the most commonly used method of treating opioid addiction. Suboxone is only one of the medications used. One of the alternative medications to buprenorphine is methadone. It has a proven track record of success and is good for continuing opioid maintenance treatment or as an assistant to opiate addiction treatment. If you are in need of Suboxone withdrawal help, call 800-533-1341 (Who Answers?) .
Medication for Specific Withdrawal Symptoms
It may seem foolish to use an opioid to treat opioid dependence or addiction. If you believe this is the case, then you may consider using non-opioid medications to treat the symptoms of withdrawal. Some of these are:
- analgesics such as ibuprofen
- antidiarrheal medications
- anti-emetics to stop vomiting
- anti-anxiety medications
These medications work well to ease withdrawal symptoms and allow you to focus on your recovery when administered in the controlled setting of a treatment center.
Therapeutic Type Treatment
Another method of addiction treatment that does not use opioids involves a therapeutic approach. These methods use things like massage, acupuncture, and behavioral therapies to help you overcome withdrawal symptoms and addiction. Perhaps the best of these are behavioral therapies, which, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse,
- modify attitudes and behaviors towards drug abuse
- help patients learn healthy living skills
- help recovering addicts stay involved in their treatment and recovery
These benefits greatly assist addicts in combatting withdrawal symptoms and addiction as part of a treatment protocol.
Combination Treatment Without Opioid Medications
All of the addiction experts agree that treatment that includes a combination of medications and counseling provide the best opportunity for addiction recovery. When it comes to treatment for opioid withdrawal and addiction, the medications used are also typically opioids.
However, there is a growing number of treatment centers that do not use opioids at all in combined treatment. For help finding an opioid free combined treatment center that fits your needs and addresses your withdrawal symptoms, call us at 800-533-1341 (Who Answers?) today.