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Can Suboxone Be Addictive?

Can Suboxone Be Addictive

Aug 10, 2022 | Addiction

There are many different types of treatment approaches to drug and alcohol addiction. Medication assisted treatment MAT is a type of substance abuse treatment. Suboxone treatment is a form of medicationassisted treatment designed for treating opioid dependency. Yet, even though suboxone treatment can be effective for treating opioid addiction, is it addictive itself? Like methadone, is suboxone addictive?

Methadone is an early type of medication assisted treatment, but it is known to be addictive. Although methadone can be an effective treatment for opioid dependency, it is addictive and as many as 5,000 people each year lose their lives to methadone overdose. While less addictive and prone to drug abuse as methadone, suboxone abuse does occur. 

Serenity Oaks Wellness Center can treat opioid addiction as well as suboxone abuse and addiction. We offer prescription treatment, illicit drug treatment, and alcoholism treatment at our addiction treatment center. Drug addictions are complex and chronic. Someone taking suboxone for an opioid use disorder or someone who simply chooses to abuse suboxone can become addicted to it. Fortunately, our addiction recovery program can help.

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How Addictive Is Suboxone?

Suboxone contains two drug ingredients: buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine helps to reduce the withdrawal symptoms associated with opioid detox and recovery. Naloxone reverses the effects of opioid overdose. The naloxone can decrease the risk of suboxone abuse, but it doesn’t eliminate it. Because suboxone is a partial opioid agonist, it is not as addictive as methadone and certainly not nearly as addictive as opioids like heroin or Fentanyl. Even so, users can become dependent and experience withdrawal symptoms if they attempt to diminish its use.

Signs of Suboxone Addiction

People in recovery from opioid drug addictions may be prescribed medicationassisted treatment by suboxone doctors. However, rehab centers aren’t the only places that people acquire suboxone. Users may also purchase suboxone on the street. Some signs of suboxone abuse and addiction include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Impaired mobility and coordination
  • Inability to focus
  • Itching
  • Doctor shopping
  • Lying to suboxone doctors to obtain more of the drug

If withdrawal symptoms begin to occur, it’s a clear sign that the individual has developed a suboxone dependence. Also, suboxone overdose can be fatale. Frequently, people who overdose on suboxone also have other drugs or alcohol in their system.

Suboxone Withdrawal Symptoms

Someone experiencing suboxone withdrawal may exhibit suboxone side effects such as:

  • Headache
  • Muscle pains
  • Vomiting
  • Feel hot or chilled
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Mood shifts
  • Poor memory
  • Insomnia

If an individual doesn’t use suboxone in a certain period of time once they become dependent, they can begin to experience these symptoms. 

Suboxone Treatment & Detox

Serenity Oaks Wellness Center offers medical detox programs at our state-of-the-art detox center. We also offer treatment programs for suboxone addiction or other drugs and alcohol. Not all drug rehabs offer multiple levels of care like our treatment center does. Serenity Oaks features inpatient drug treatment, outpatient treatment, behavioral therapy for dual diagnosis, and alumni support and aftercare. 

All drug addictions as well as alcohol addiction are serious. Even though suboxone is prescribed as part of medication assisted treatment MAT, it may still be abused and still be dangerous. Serenity Oaks Wellness Center offers a full continuum of care. Many clients begin their suboxone recovery process with drug detox followed up by counseling and education and other substance abuse treatments that can help clients manage their suboxone abuse problem. 

If you have any type of drug abuse problem, need alcohol detox, alcohol rehab, or dual diagnosis treatment for addiction and mental health disorders such as anxiety or depression, contact Serenity Oaks and learn more about our enrollment process and treatment programs. We can help you manage your addiction for good. Call us today at (833) 720-0708 for more information.

Get Started at Serenity Oaks

At Serenity Oaks Wellness Center, we offer residential detox and addiction treatment with a wide range of modalities to address the needs of all our clients. Our high staff-to-client ratio ensures everyone that enters our facility gets the personal attention they need and deserve for a safe and successful detox process. To learn more about our program, contact Serenity Oaks Wellness Center today at 844-720-6847.
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