Suboxone Detox Help in Port St. Lucie, FL

Frequently used to treat opioid addiction, Suboxone is a powerful opiate that’s incredibly addictive itself. If you received Suboxone as part of a medically assisted therapy (MAT) for substance use disorder, you may be struggling with the considerable drawbacks that this medication sometimes entails.

Although taking prescription Suboxone is a legal and effective way to quit using opioid drugs, it can set the stage for relapse in opioid recovery if it isn’t administered and used properly. As patients develop tolerance to Suboxone and eventually become dependent, they often feel as though they’ve done little else but trade one addiction for another. The good news is that Agape Detox Center can help. 

Our Suboxone detox program in Port St. Lucie, FL takes a holistic, whole-health approach to fight both opioid and opiate addiction. Not only do we provide constant monitoring and medical support so that our patients can safely and comfortably detox, but we also offer sustainable strategies for managing substance use disorder over the long term.

Our patients can seamlessly transition into our inpatient rehab during or following their Suboxone detox treatment. More importantly, when they’re ready to check out of our facility, they’ll also have well-laid plans for self-care, relapse prevention, and ongoing recovery support. Our goal is to both set the stage for successful Suboxone recovery and give our clients the skills and tools they’ll need to achieve it.

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a combination medication that contains both buprenorphine and Naloxone. The combined effects of these two drugs are intended to curb cravings for opioids like:

and others. However, given that buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, it is very much an opioid itself. Thus, when using Suboxone as a treatment aid, people are essentially trading one opioid for another. Although Suboxone and the buprenorphine it contains are legal when prescribed, this doesn’t mean that they cannot have the same destructive effects when used for too long, misused, or taken with other substances. 

Suboxone Addiction and Abuse

The buprenorphine in Suboxone is a derivative of an opioid extract. When taken for an extended period of time, it is recognized as being just as addictive as heroin. As tolerance is built, many people begin increasing their Suboxone doses on their own, looking for ways to acquire more Suboxone, and even supplementing their doses with illicit opioid substances.

To offset the risk of these behaviors, Naloxone is included in Suboxone to block the euphoric feelings that opioids provide. Naloxone is also intended to limit the risk of buprenorphine overdose by both blocking and reversing the effects that this drug has on the central nervous system. As a further preventative measure, those administering Suboxone typically begin gradually reducing doses as time goes on.

Suboxone is offered to recovering addicts in either pill form or as a film. Once taken, this medication produces feelings of calmness and general well-being. Patients using Suboxone often feel relaxed after taking their doses, and they usually have a lower perception of stress and fewer worries all-around.

Suboxone addiction is most likely among recovering addicts who are using this drug as a standalone solution to substance use disorder. This might be the case if you underwent opioid detox in a hospital setting and did not receive any follow-up treatment or mental health services to help you in your recovery. While Suboxone is considered effective for curbing opioid cravings in the short term, it does not:

  • Teach patients healthy coping strategies
  • Address unhealthy living environments or toxic relationships
  • Address co-occurring mental health disorders

 

Suboxone on its own is not a cure-all for addiction. In fact, absence of a solid plan for identifying and treating the underlying causes of a person’s opioid addiction, this drug can sometimes cause more problems than it resolves.

Suboxone Withdrawal Symptoms

Naloxone, the other ingredient in Suboxone, was initially introduced under the brand name Narcan and was used primarily for reversing opioid overdoses. During Suboxone detox, Naloxone is not responsible for the development of severe withdrawal symptoms. Instead, these are caused by the partial opioid agonist: buprenorphine. As such, withdrawal symptoms from Suboxone are very much like those for any other opioid and include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia and other sleep troubles
  • Muscle aches and muscle cramping
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Chills 
  • Fever
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Intense drug cravings

 

Depending upon the individual, the amount of Suboxone taken, and the length of time Suboxone was used, as well as other factors, withdrawal from suboxone, can last between two and four weeks.

Do You Need Detox From Suboxone Addiction?

Doctor shopping, stealing, and lying to obtain more Suboxone are all signs of Suboxone addiction. In addition to these behaviors, there are several physical developments that also indicate Suboxone abuse. These are:

  • Slurred speech while taking Suboxone
  • Impaired coordination 
  • Diminished fine motor control
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Cognitive difficulties

 

Whether taking Suboxone as a film or in pill form, it is intended for oral use only. Taking Suboxone by crushing pills and snorting them, smoking them, or injecting them is also a sign of Suboxone addiction. If you have done any of these things in the recent past, you should definitely seek help. Attempting to detox from Suboxone on your own could result in severe and potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. Moreover, due to the intensity of the cravings that people often experience during withdrawal, the likelihood of succeeding without medical support is fairly low.

Agape's Suboxone Detox Program

Our medical detox program in Port St. Lucie is designed to treat the whole person. From the moment you arrive until the day that you exit our care, our team will work to help you achieve the highest possible levels of mental, physical, and emotional wellness. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, behavioral therapy, goal-setting, and life-planning assistance, and help create solid plans for relapse prevention. With your individualized treatment plan, our team will set you up for long-term success.

We also offer constant monitoring and targeted medical interventions by medical professionals. At Agape Detox Center, detoxing from Suboxone can be safer and far more comfortable overall. With our focus on proper nutrition and diligent self-care, and our options in sleep support, completing our Suboxone detox program is infinitely easier than attempting to go “cold turkey”.

Why Choose Agape Detox Center?

At Agape Detox Center, you’ll have the benefit of completing your Suboxone detox in a comfortable, resort-like setting. Port St. Lucie, Florida is known for its warm weather, lush scenery, and absolutely breathtaking views. We maintain a clean, welcoming, and comfortable environment that allows our clients to delve deeply into their recoveries, absent of the pressures of the outside world. Best of all, when you’re ready, you can start taking part in inpatient treatment activities right away!

Call Us to Get Started With Our Detox Program Today

The help you need is just a phone call away. Our admissions counselors can tell you all about the:

  • Insurances we accept
  • Treatment programs we offer
  • Medical interventions we supply

 

We can assist you in establishing a feasible payment plan for handling any treatment costs that aren’t covered by your insurance. We can also help you make transportation arrangements for getting to our Port St. Lucie facility. Get in touch with us now to get started!

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