Suboxone and Subutex Information: Opiate / Opioid Withdrawal

Suboxone and Subutex Information: Opiate / Opioid Withdrawal

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Six Part Article - Novus Medical Detox Center

John Wayne once said, "Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway." There are few things scarier than being trapped by drugs or alcohol. Many of our Novus Medical Detox Center patients come to us because they want help escaping from this horrible trap. In almost every case, our patients have tried to detox on their own. In almost every case, they were unsuccessful because of the pain and severe discomfort they experienced and resumed taking the drug or drinking alcohol.


What type of discomfort? Probably the best description we have heard from our patients is that it is like the worst case of the flu they've ever had but ten times worse than that. Some of these symptoms are:
  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Cramps
  • Muscle ache
  • Insomnia.
With all these unpleasant sensations, you don't feel like eating or drinking and as you become more dehydrated the discomfort increases. Some people have told us about this state continuing for weeks and not being able to sleep more than a hour at a time and seldom more than a total of a couple of hours a day. It takes real courage, as John Wayne says, to decide that you are going to do something even if there is the type of discomfort described above associated with it. Logically, someone else's experience may not be your experience but most people who are dependent or addicted to opiates or opioids have experienced some withdrawal symptoms when they went too long between doses or maybe they attempted to withdraw on their own. They know that opiate/opioid withdrawal can be very painful if they do it on their own. It is also true that all of us believe that minor surgery is somebody else's surgery because any surgery on you is major surgery. This is the same perception felt by most of our patients. They are the ones that are going to be experiencing the withdrawal symptoms and they are the ones that are going to hurt. They think that it is good that others had safe and relatively comfortable experiences about withdrawing from opiates or opioids at a medical detox facility. Quite often the concern of our patients about the discomfort they will feel while detoxing from opioids like OxyContin, methadone, heroin, Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet or Percocet is increased when they learn that we use buprenorphine in our protocol. Why? They have heard, or in some cases personally experienced, a bad reaction after taking Suboxone or Subutex--two drugs whose principal ingredient is buprenorphine. We tell them that our patients uniformly don't have bad reactions to Suboxone. Then our nurses and counselors explain the interaction between:
  • Endorphins
  • Endorphin receptors
  • Endorphin downloads
  • Agonist
  • Antagonists
  • Suboxone and Subutex
  • Buprenorphine and naxolone
...and the opiate/opioid from which they are withdrawing. Once our patients understand these interactions, they start to relax and become more comfortable that Novus Medical Detox Center is very competent. Still, until they actually see the Novus Medical Detox Center protocols work on them-they are skeptical but then become more relaxed when they actually start to see the process work.

Read more about Opioids, Endorphins, Endorphin Downloads and Opioid Drugs-Part 2.

From one of our patients:

"I am a 32 year old male who lived locally in Florida. I was on opiates for 5 years. I can't believe how I feel today after leaving Novus. For the first time in 5 years I can honestly say I can think again. I feel like I just came out of a coma after 5 years. I haven't felt this great in so long. Now I know what a body should feel like after drugs. Thank you so much everyone at Novus for bringing my life back to me. I don't know where I would be without you guys."

If you want information about Suboxone or Subutex detoxification, call Novus Medical Detox Center.


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