One of the toughest situations to be in is becoming addicted to a medication that is used for the treatment of another addiction.
This is the case for those who have become addicted to Suboxone.
Below you will be able to find out what Suboxone is, the signs and symptoms of excessive use of it, and what can be done to treat those addicted to the drug.
What is Suboxone?
Suboxone can be defined as a type of prescription buprenorphine medication that is commonly used in the treatment of heroin, morphine and other opiate addictions.
Addiction to Suboxone occurs when an individual excessively uses the drug, which creates a physical and mental dependence for the drug.
When the drug is not available, addicted individuals suffer uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.
Suboxone is commonly taken under the tongue where it dissolves, as the drug is absorbed through the mucus membrane.
Signs and Symptoms of Suboxone Addiction
A simple way to check if you or a loved one is addicted to Suboxone is to stop using the drug.
If withdrawal symptoms such as stress, nervousness, diarrhea, excessive sneezing, nausea, vomiting, sleeplessness, increased heart rate or the individual shows fever-like reactions, then the individual may be addicted to it.
There are other indicators that can be linked to Suboxone addiction, such as unusual financial problems to due the excessive purchasing of the drug, the making up of symptoms in order to obtain the drug and showing lying or deceitful behaviour.
Suboxone Addiction Treatment
The best form of treatment is prevention. Many people are given prescriptions for the drug to help them get through the withdrawal symptoms of another addiction.
Stick to the prescribed dosages and work closely with your doctor in order to prevent any addiction to the drug occurring.
If you are already addicted to Suboxone, then it is important that you seek medical help in the form of a residential rehabilitation.
Rehabilitation included a medical detoxification, which will help diminish or remove any withdrawal symptoms that might occur due to the halting of usage.
Various counselling and therapy methods will also be done in order to help teach the recovering addict on how they got addicted and what can be done in order to prevent this from happening again.
Once they stay has been completed, it is advisable that Outpatient treatment or some form of secondary care is done, as this will help prevent any relapses from occurring, which are most prevalent once an individual has been discharged out of rehab.
Tertiary care is also available for those looking to continue treatment, and will helping ensuring that the individual remains sober.
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