Sometimes, treatments that are designed to combat drug addiction end up enabling it further. Suboxone is one such drug that, if abused, can enhance addiction in those dependent on opiate drugs. At The Villa Treatment Center, we offer a residential living community to help individuals achieve a life of sobriety. Our residents experience a variety of addictive behaviors and co-occurring disorders that have kept them from living a fulfilled life, but when given the opportunity for a second chance, they find hope and learn how to live a life without a dependence on drugs.
Suboxone is a medication designed to treat opiate addiction. It comes in the form of a pill or film that can either be placed under the tongue or on the inside of the cheek. The drug contains both buprenorphine and nalaxone, which work together to suppress addiction. While nalaxone blocks the acceptance of opiate drugs by receptors in the brain, buprenorphine is a synthetic and low-level opiate that is administered into the body when the drug Suboxone is taken. The goal of Suboxone treatment is to use the buprenorphine chemical to attach to the same receptors as other opiate drugs and suppress withdrawal symptoms. Nalaxone keeps dependence at bay by blocking the euphoric feelings associated with taking opiates.
How Does Suboxone Become Addictive?
Although intended to treat drug addiction, dependence on Suboxone can occur when the dosage is abused. Ingesting large quantities of the drug has effects that include:
- Slowed breathing
- Feelings of calm
- Pleasant euphoria
- Slurred speech
For someone who already has an addiction to opiates, Suboxone will not be given at a dosage large enough for users to get high. However, to someone who is not accustomed to the effects of opiate drugs and has not built a tolerance to opiates, addiction to Suboxone is likely to occur with continued use. In a prescribed dosage, and when used as directed, Suboxone is effective at alleviating withdrawal symptoms, but when abused, the drug can create an addiction similar to that of other opiates.
For those addicted to opiates, Suboxone should be administered as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes group sessions and individual therapy. Suboxone is only intended to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms.
Detoxification from Suboxone
Those who are prescribed Suboxone are slowly weaned off the drug as their treatment progresses. This process of tapering off allows individuals to feel none of the symptoms associated with opiate withdrawal. However, if users stop taking Suboxone suddenly, withdrawal can feel equivalent to other opiate drugs. Some signs of withdrawal include:
- Muscle and body aches
- Nausea and vomiting
- Feeling as if one will die without the drug
- Cold sweats and chills
- Depression and anxiety
Since Suboxone is a medical treatment used to alleviate the side effects of opiate addiction, detoxification from Suboxone usually involves a treatment method with no medications at all.
Addiction Treatment at The Villa Treatment Center
Although detoxification is vital to beginning a life free from drugs, it should not be the only method employed to fight drug addiction. An comprehensive treatment program that addresses past experiences and mental health issues should be put into effect once detox is complete – what we call dual diagnosis. At The Villa Treatment Center, we provide an array of treatment options that work to serve the individual needs of each resident, including a closely monitored detoxification process. The detoxification method chosen will depend on the individual as well as their level of addiction. Qualified staff is available round-the-clock to provide continual support throughout the detox process.
Our programs include moderate-intensity therapy like the 12-step modality program and individual therapy sessions such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and other evidence-based psychotherapy techniques. On top of required therapy and psychological treatment, we provide a variety of alternative treatment options such as music and art therapy, yoga, equine therapy, and meditation. Family therapy and education is also provided to help loved-ones better understand addiction and the methods involved in treating it.
Our goal is to provide multiple programs that appeal to individuals from different walks of life, and although we offer a comfortable and safe living environment free from drug-enabling stimulation, we hold our residents accountable to their behavior and expect a certain level of commitment to treatment at our facility. Through individualized treatment programs and communal living, we hope to smoothly transition each of our residents into a more fulfilled state of living.
If you are ready to start over and live a life free from drug dependence, contact The Villa Treatment Center today.