The Truth About Drug Replacement Therapy

In recent years, America has been devastated by heroine and opiate abuse. This epidemic has forced those fortunate enough to live through it with no choice but to turn to drug replacement therapy, which involves taking a substance with a less euphoric opioid instead. Often, the substance Suboxone is used to treat narcotic addictions and opiate dependency. Suboxone contains a combination of Buprenorphine, which is an opioid medication that relieves pain, and Naloxone, which attempts to block the effects of opioid medication in your system that can ultimately lead to opioid abuse.

Many former addicts at detox treatment centers in Boca Raton, have expressed their beliefs that drug replacement therapy is not as successful for recovery as a complete, physical detox from the drugs themselves.  Those who have gone through the recovery process say being on Suboxone is just as bad as continuing to use drugs, feeling heavily sedated and always waiting for the next dose.

How is Suboxone taken?

Typically, Suboxone is taken as a sublingual strip rather than a pill. This allows the user to dissolve it in their mouth discreetly and without water.

What does Suboxone do for an opiate addict?

Suboxone acts as a depressant in the body, which slows down your central nervous system and brain arousal.

What are the immediate effects of Suboxone?

Desirable short term effects of Suboxone include pain relief, mild euphoria, a sense of calm and well-being, lower stress levels, and relaxation. Undesired short term effects include drowsiness, constricted pupils, nausea, respiratory depression, and confusion.

Can you become addicted to Suboxone?

Suboxone contains an opioid, which is highly addictive and likely to cause dependency. Over time, users will develop a higher tolerance to Suboxone, requiring heavier dosages to treat their pain and discomfort. Long term use of Suboxone can lead to addiction, and when the user goes without Suboxone they can go into immediate withdrawal. Withdrawal of this substance causes flu like symptoms, constipation, diarrhea, joint pain, irritability, and dilated pupils.

What are the long term effects of Suboxone?

Suboxone is typically used for long term management of addiction and opiate abuse. However, it can be abused itself. Some people turn to Suboxone for reasons other than it’s intended purpose, such as a method of avoiding withdrawal symptoms in between heroin use. The issue with long term use of Suboxone is that it leads to the very same issues that long term drug abuse leads to.  Long term use of Suboxone causes constant drowsiness, constipation, nausea, vomiting, disorientation, decreased pain tolerance, depression, anxiety, isolation, and difficulty in social settings. Overtime, users will also experience strained relationships, failure to maintain responsibilities at work or school, financial issues, and potential legal problems due to addictive behaviors.

Life After Suboxone

Once dependent on drug replacement therapy with Suboxone, the user requires a medically monitored detox to avoid serious sickness and discomfort. A majority of recovery and halfway houses are no longer accepting people using buprenorphine (the main ingredient in Suboxone), and thousands of recovering addicts do not believe in the efficiency of buprenorphine or drug replacement therapy as a means of breaking free from addition, as they are aware of its similar effects caused by heroin use.

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