What is Suboxone?
Suboxone, a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, is a drug that’s used to minimize withdrawal symptoms of opioid dependence. The buprenorphine component works as an opioid, activating the brain’s reward receptors on a milder scale and, therefore, eliminating cravings. Naloxone acts as an opioid antagonist by inducing unpleasant withdrawal symptoms which discourage an individual from future intravenous use. This balance generates effective withdrawal prevention making suboxone administration a common practice among those looking to recover from opioid dependency. However, this substance is not without flaws. There are many negatives associated with suboxone use including suboxone addiction. We’ll discuss these below.
Disadvantages of Long-term Suboxone Use
While in a treatment program, the intention is to eradicate dependence, not foster dependence on a safer alternative. While replacing opioids with a physician-administered substance may seem less hazardous, addiction of any kind is undesirable while seeking recovery. Although suboxone is a helpful tool, relying on it can be dangerous. As a mild opioid, tolerance and addiction remain present threats. Long term use of suboxone can result in side effects including:
- Decreased tolerance for pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Confusion or disorientation
- Social isolation
These are just some of the mental and physical effects of long-term suboxone use. As with all types of addiction, suboxone addicts can also experience:
- Financial problems
- Legal issues
- Workplace challenges
- Damaged relationships
- Reduced sense of personal responsibility
Medical professionals continue to debate the pros and cons surrounding suboxone use. When used within a short duration, addicts are more likely to relapse. When used for an extended period, suboxone addiction can develop. When suboxone use ceases, withdrawal symptoms occur, meaning an individual may need to detox from the drug that was supposed to support their initial detox. Because of these concerns, not many professionals recommend suboxone for long-term use but see it as a stepping stone to sobriety.
Suboxone Withdrawal Symptoms
People going through suboxone withdrawal may experience:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Digestive problems
- Fever and chills
- Muscle aches
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