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Suboxone is an opioid drug (administered by dissolving a thin film under the tongue) that is commonly used as part of a detox program to help manage withdrawal from other opioids. It can also be used over a longer term to maintain one’s recovery and keep down the risk of relapsing with harder, riskier opioid drugs like the one they’d used before. Although suboxone is generally intended to be a gentle “step down” that aids in recovery from opioid addiction, it can also become a full-blown addiction of its own. Those who become addicted to suboxone may even sell it to others, bringing in new addicts who were not previously in detox.
As with any addiction, abusers of suboxone often exhibit a few key symptoms and behaviors. Physically, suboxone addicts may experience nausea, vomiting, sweating, insomnia, slurred speech, memory problems, smaller pupils, diarrhea, and more. Other, subtler social and behavioral signs may also be present. For example, friends and loved ones may notice that the individual is going through their medication more quickly than usual and seeking refills more often or visiting multiple doctors (“doctor hopping”). The addict’s personality may seem to change and relationships may begin to suffer.
For the addict abusing the drug, suboxone can create enjoyable emotional and physical effects. Some of the pleasant effects of suboxone include reduced pain, relief from anxiety, a feeling of calm bliss/euphoria and/or relief from cravings for their former drug of choice. Unfortunately, these seemingly positive results only mask the potential dangers of suboxone abuse. With regular excessive use, suboxone can cause extremely low blood pressure, fainting, respiratory difficulty and—at worst—a fatal overdose. Severe addicts may also begin injecting suboxone directly, putting themselves at risk of vascular issues.
Whether you’ve fallen into suboxone addiction as a new user or as part of treatment for another opioid, it’s not too late to seek professional help from one of your area’s suboxone treatment centers. At RECO Intensive in Delray Beach, FL, our compassionate team of rehabilitation experts will walk you through the process of suboxone treatment, starting with a detox program that is medically monitored and carefully designed to provide a safe experience with minimal withdrawals from suboxone. Then, you can enroll in residential care or intensive outpatient program, as is appropriate. Through a combination of counseling and therapy techniques, we’ll help you regain control of your life one step at a time.
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