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Does Suboxone Detox Actually Work?

Beating an addiction is a lifelong process, and that journey often begins with a short detox period. For severe addictions, detoxing may take a week or longer, but most people overcome the worst of their withdrawal symptoms after just a few days. In order to minimize those symptoms, many addiction specialists suggest the use of detox drugs such as Suboxone. This drug masks a wide range of emotions and physical side effects. That includes:

  • Nausea
  • Paranoia
  • Anger
  • Insomnia
  • Tremors

The two primary substances inside Suboxone are buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is classified as a partial opioid agonist, and that means it produces side effects that are similar to other opioids. That being said, the side effects are much milder, and this medication is more difficult to abuse than most street drugs. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that limits the effects of all other opioids. When taking Suboxone, other drugs aren’t as effective or powerful.

The Pros and Cons of Suboxone

Suboxone has helped countless people overcome their addictions, but it is important to remember that this medication can be abused. If you or a loved one is considering taking Suboxone, then you should spend some time researching all of the potential side effects. Even though Suboxone is safer than most street drugs, it still has addictive properties. Overdosing on Suboxone can result in suppressed breathing, a slowed heartbeat, loss of coordination, and mood swings.

This medication is generally given to those who are going through severe opiate withdrawals. Over time, many people are able to taper off Suboxone until they are completely sober. Most physicians and addiction specialists suggest tapering off over the course of 60 days. By the third month, the majority of the withdrawal symptoms should have completely disappeared. During that time, no other opiates or depressants can be taken. Mixing Suboxone with alcohol or any other drugs can result in permanent organ failure or death.

Withdrawing is an uncomfortable and stressful experience, and we believe that no one should ever have to detox on their own. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day, and they can help you or a loved one come up with a long-term treatment plan to permanently beat this disease. Please call us today at 800-737-0933 to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable counselors.

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