What is Suboxone Abuse?

What is Suboxone Abuse?


Opioid addiction remains a serious problem within the United States. Heroin and opioid prescription medications, like Vicodin, Morphine and OxyContin, are heavily abused. Individuals who have abused opioids may be offered Suboxone in an attempt to reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings while discouraging misuse of opioid drugs. Although there are benefits to taking Suboxone during the detox phase of treatment, there is a high potential for suboxone abuse and long-term recovery may be hindered.



Used as a drug-replacement therapy, suboxone abuse is becoming an issue among opioid addicts.

What is Suboxone Treatment?


Suboxone is prescribed to individuals who are coming off of heroin and other opioid drugs. The two active ingredients in Suboxone, buprenorphine and naloxone, work together to decrease withdrawal symptoms, reduce opioid cravings, and eliminate the high experienced from opioids. Unfortunately Suboxone only addresses the physical opioid dependence. Suboxone does nothing for the psychological problems associated with addiction and has the potential for abuse. What is suboxone abuse?


Suboxone Abuse


When Suboxone was created, the thought of possible abuse seemed unlikely due to the two active ingredients, buprenorphine and naloxone. This is not the case. Suboxone is highly addictive and has the potential for misuse. An individual can become addicted to Suboxone, even when taken as prescribed. This often results in an individual staying on Suboxone for long periods of time and experiencing serious withdrawal symptoms when attempting to stop taking the drug. Individuals, who choose to abuse Suboxone, often take large doses in attempt to get high. Individuals who abuse Suboxone often use alternative routes of administrations such as: chewing pills and swallowing them, crushing pills and snorting them, diluting the drug in water and injecting the drug and taking more frequent doses.


Side Effects of Suboxone Abuse


– Muscle pain
– Abdominal pain
– Diarrhea
– Increased sweating
– Fever
– Insomnia
– Depression
– Drowsiness
– Poor memory
– Slurred speech


Effects and Dangers of Suboxone


When used and taken as directed, Suboxone has the ability to reduce withdrawal symptoms, cravings and has potential to prevent misuse. While Suboxone has the potential to be useful for some during the detox process, there is the potential for misuse. Misuse of Suboxone can lead to serious health risks. Suboxone can be habit-forming, even when taken as prescribed. Misuse of Suboxone can cause addiction, overdose or even death. Individuals who have suffered from opioid addiction for a long time are often the individuals who choose to abuse Suboxone. Suboxone abuse may occur to reduce withdrawal symptoms while using their opioid drug of choice or in an attempt to get high. Some possible side effects of Suboxone overdose are: blurred vision, severe lethargy, slurred speech, weakness and shallow breathing. Alcohol must be avoided while taking Suboxone, dangerous side effects and even death can occur if alcohol and Suboxone are combined.


Suboxone Does Not Offer a Solution For Long-Term Recovery


Despite the detox benefits associated with Suboxone, Suboxone does not offer a solution for long-term recovery. Suboxone is a drug-replacement method. When an individual is suffering from addiction, it can be detrimental to replace that addiction with another potential addiction. Suboxone helps to reduce withdrawal symptoms, decrease cravings, and eliminate the “high” experienced from opioid drugs. These are all immediate and short-term benefits. Suboxone is meant to be used short-term, unfortunately it is often used long-term. The long-term use of Suboxone impedes upon that individuals ability to achieve true relief from the physical and psychological aspects of addiction. There are other methods to help an individual suffering from opioid addiction, methods that do not include replacing one drug for another.


Becoming Addicted to Suboxone


Suboxone can reduce withdrawal symptoms, decrease cravings and prevent experiencing the “high” associated with opioid drugs. While these are all beneficial to the detox process, the individual may become addicted to Suboxone. Suboxone is habit-forming and can cause addiction, even when taking the drug as prescribed. Suboxone is not for everyone. Suboxone does not offer a long-term solution to drug abuse. Suboxone is a drug-replacement method. There are other effective ways to help an individual suffering from opioid addiction. For more information about Opioid detox and how to get help in recovery, do not hesitate to contact us at (888)357-7577.