Suboxone and Subutex Information: Opiate / Opioid Withdrawal

Suboxone and Subutex Information: Opiate / Opioid Withdrawal

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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 patients at Novus Medical Detox Center 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, and in almost every case they were unsuccessful because of the pain and severe discomfort they experienced and resumed taking the drug or drinking alcohol. We’re here to help you through that pain.

Opiate/Opioid Withdrawal

What type of discomfort do people experience during withdrawal? 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 10 times worse than that. Some of the symptoms people going through withdrawal include:

  • Chills
  • Sweating
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Cramps
  • Muscle ache
  • Insomnia

With all these unpleasant sensations, many people 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 an 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. While someone else's experience may not be your experience, most people who are dependent or addicted to opiates or opioids have experienced some withdrawal symptoms when they went too long between doses, or when they attempted to withdraw on their own.

Our patients can be increasingly concerned about the discomfort they will feel while detoxing from opioids like OxyContin, methadone, heroin, Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet, or Percocet when they learn that we use buprenorphine in our protocol because they have heard, or in some cases personally experienced, a bad reaction after taking Suboxone or Subutex, two drugs with the principal ingredient buprenorphine. While their concerns are not unfounded, these drugs can be incredibly effective when used properly. We inform those concerned that our patients don't necessarily have bad reactions to Suboxone, and that a lot of the issues occur when it is administered improperly. We always explain the interactions between the body’s systems and opiates/opioids that can be affected by Suboxone, including:

  • Endorphins
  • Endorphin receptors
  • Endorphin downloads
  • Agonist
  • Antagonists
  • Suboxone and Subutex
  • Buprenorphine and naxolone

Understanding how these drugs work is the first step towards becoming more comfortable with their use in treatment. 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. We can help you take back control of your life and help you on your road to recovery. Our Detox Advisors are available 7 days a week.

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