Addiction can sometimes feel like a revolving door between abuse, relapse, and recovery. With young abusers of drugs, this can be a new and frightening experience for them and their family members. In California, sober living facilities like New Life House can be the key to stopping that revolving door.
How does that revolving door which leads to addiction open? Sometimes it starts with the very option meant to treat the current addiction: medication. Suboxone is one of those options that can either aid in the recovery, or worsen the circumstances. This drug-replacement medication is intended to help withdrawal and cravings of opioid or heroin addiction. However, if a user is on the medication for too long, Suboxone can lead to dangerous addiction.
Sober living can help with Suboxone abuse. Experts can navigate that fine line between successful treatment and a new addiction. Suboxone’s intended function is to help. But for some users, the effectiveness can lead to a new dependence on the prescription. This dependence can last for too long, further impeding recovery.
That’s where New Life House comes in. Our team will aid families in understanding Suboxone abuse in young men. Together, we can help your son become sober and clean.
What Is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a prescription that combines naloxone and buprenorphine. It’s intended to treat opioid or heroin addiction. It does this by diminishing withdrawal cravings and symptoms to help prevent further misuse of opioids. It’s a semi-synthetic opioid, meaning it is made with natural (often plant based) elements combined with chemical components.
Buprenorphine attaches to receptors like opioids and reduces opioid addiction. Naloxone reduces the euphoric and pain-relieving side of opioids. When used correctly, it is a powerful aid that eases a difficult addiction recovery period. When used incorrectly, it can be just as dangerous as opioids and make the problem worse.
Not everyone is familiar with Suboxone and its effects. Your loved one might need supervised help by our staff at New Life House to shake their addiction. Contact us today to make an appointment and jumpstart their journey towards recovery.
How Is Suboxone Meant to Be Used?
The purpose of Suboxone is to function as a drug-replacement treatment. Buprenorphine eliminates cravings while naloxone blocks the euphoria created by opioids. It is often prescribed to teens and young adults. It reduces cravings and eases withdrawal symptoms.
However, this drug is not designed to be a long-term solution. This is where treatment with this medication gets tricky. While it does reduce physical symptoms, it does not address the underlying causes of addiction. It can help with addiction recovery but is not the sole solution.
If it is being abused, the user should eliminate the drug from recovery treatment with the help of medical and addiction experts. We can help your loved one cope with this addiction and start a drug abuse-free life.
Is Suboxone Addictive?
Suboxone is not intended to be addictive, but misuse of Suboxone can occur. People chase the high felt with opioids and try to recreate it with a medicine intended to treat addiction. Suboxone was created and prescribed to help with the opioid/heroin detox process. However, misuse can happen with serious side effects. It is often hard to recognize Suboxone addiction. What might appear to be recovery is, in reality, a Band-Aid on a larger problem of addiction.
When Suboxone become addictive, it is usually the result of forming a habit beyond the prescription. This leads to addiction, overdose, or death. Typically, people who have a severe and lengthy opioid addiction are more susceptible to developing Suboxone addiction.
During the opioid withdrawal period, individuals might self-increase Suboxone intake. They do this to further quash the withdrawal symptoms or in an attempt to recreate the opioid high. Some might skip Suboxone for a few days and then take an excessive amount for that “high.” They might also crush or snort Suboxone similar to other drugs.
Suboxone abuse can lead to serious side effects. These can include the normal Suboxone side effects outlined in the next section. But the effects can go beyond that and include:
- Muscle pain
- Poor memory
- Small pupils
- Slurred speech
Signs of Suboxone overdose include:
- Severe lethargy
- Blurred vision
- Slurred speech
- Shallow breathing
Suboxone side effects are worsened by alcohol. As such, alcohol and Suboxone must not be combined. Alcohol and Suboxone abuse can lead to death. Sober-living facilities like New Life House can help in creating an alcohol-free, drug-free environment to allow for recovery.
What Are the Effects & Side Effects of Suboxone?
The intended effects and use of this drug are positive. It reduces opioid withdrawal cravings and symptoms, which can be an overwhelming experience for young users. This helps when trying to overcome opioid addiction and prevent further misuse of opioids. As outlined previously, it blocks the euphoria created by opioids and lessens the grisly side effects of drug withdrawal.
However, like many medications, Suboxone has side effects. Those side effects include:
- Abdominal/stomach pain
- Difficulty sleeping
More dangerous side effects include:
- Flushed skin
- Difficulty urinating
- Lower back pain
The staff at New Life House are trained to handle these side effects and to help throughout the process. Some of these side effects are severe enough to warrant discontinuation of a Suboxone prescription. However, that call should be made by a medical professional. We can examine your loved one’s case and determine whether they are a candidate for immediate Suboxone treatment.
What Should I Do if Someone Is Abusing Suboxone?
If your teen or young adult is abusing Suboxone, contact New Life House. Navigating Suboxone abuse means continuing to navigate the risks of opioid or heroin addiction. Your loved one might need guidance of professionals to get through their addiction period.
Abusing Suboxone involves becoming dependent on the Suboxone prescription. Often, this coincides with burying the harder parts of opioid recovery. The medication does not address the underlying causes of addiction. Breaking Suboxone abuse might lead a person to once again abusing opioids or heroin. Due to this dangerous path, a holistic approach to recovery is critical. It is the most effective way to achieve clean, sober living once more.
Suboxone abuse is also harder for the addict and possibly family to recognize. It is prescribed to help with opioid or heroin addiction. The effects can feel great and make the addict think the recovery has come full circle. However, if one is now dependent on that prescription, one addiction has been traded in for another. This goes back to that revolving door at the start. Users might struggle to recognize their dependence because they believe that recovery is happening. In reality, an obsession with a new drug is just beginning.
For some people, Suboxone abuse leads to heroin or opioids relapse. If you suspect abuse, take the appropriate steps toward helping your teen or young adult. They need to recognize the abuse and take steps toward breaking that cycle. Contact us today for immediate intervention.
Is there Detox from Suboxone?
Just like with opioids or heroin, there is recovery and detox with Suboxone. It is not easy. People experience the full effects of withdrawal without the cushion of Suboxone.
Withdrawal symptoms from Suboxone include:
- And more
For a family member, it can hard to see a loved one go through this experience. This is why experts at New Life House are important in the recovery process. Sober living facilities provide a safe environment for that detox. They do so without causing further embarrassment or guilt for the user who doesn’t want a family member to witness what could be their darkest moments.
We offer counseling, group meetings, 12-step programs, and any other appropriate support methods for an addict. Detox from Suboxone is more than just quitting Suboxone. It requires getting to the root of addiction and developing tools to combat cravings in the future. We’ll supply your loved with everything they need to move forward.
How Can New Life House Help?
New Life House can address Suboxone abuse to your loved one. At our facility, we offer a comprehensive, holistic approach in all sober-living plans. We break down the dangers of this drug addiction to the young addict in your life in the plainest terms. We want them to understand the risks they’re imposing on their overall health.
Our recovery community offers 24/7 support, 12-step meetings, and a positive environment. We provide a recovery space absent of distractions and temptations. We offer structure and opportunity for clear thinking. We want our young men and teens to relax in an environment conducive to recovery.
Families also receive support during this trying period. New Life House recognizes familial relationships are critical in the recovery from drug abuse. Support groups, a blog, testimonials, and connections with other families are all available from New Life House. Let us help prepare your family in supporting a son or brother with recovery and beyond.
Contact Us Today
Family members intervention is crucial as the first step toward seeking help for your loved one. New Life House recognizes Suboxone abuse is a double-edged sword. Our aim is to eliminate dependence on a drug that was prescribed to help mitigate another addiction. Contact us today and let us help your loved one. Together, we can navigate their addiction and help the young man in your life achieve clean, sober living.