For people struggling to overcome drug addiction, it isn’t their love of the drug that keeps them from getting sober – rather it’s often the symptoms of withdrawal that keep them from quitting once and for all.
The chills, the shakes, the fevers, the flashbacks, the mood swings, and nausea – these are all dreaded feelings that addicts fear, even more than death.
But a new prescription drug treatment called Suboxone treats these symptoms and has shown promising results for long-term addiction recovery. And unlike Methadone, which often hooks addicts from their drug of abuse to the Methadone itself – Suboxone has shown no signs of potential for addiction.
The first step to understanding how Suboxone works is understanding how drugs, particularly opiates, affect the brain. Opiates, which are found in painkillers, play on the opioid receptors in the brain. They impact the body’s ability to experience pleasure and pain. When opiates are taken long term, the brain stops producing certain chemicals, including these “feel good” hormones.
So when a person finally stops taking opiates, the body starts craving them. The brain doesn’t know what to do in the absence of these chemicals. That’s when the nausea and the headaches and the fevers kick in. And they can be very, very powerful, so powerful that people undergoing moderate to severe withdrawal need to be hospitalized and under strict medical surveillance.
What suboxone does is helps to steady the brain’s production of hormones to account for the absence of the drug. Even if a person’s withdrawal symptoms aren’t severe, they can be very, very difficult to deal with, not just physically, but emotionally. This is why many medical doctors now prescribe Suboxone as part of a patient’s medical detox program.
Through these medical detox programs, Suboxone is combined with psychological counseling to treat the addiction once and for all. Many of these programs are outpatient treatment programs too, so patients don’t have to leave their jobs or their families for treatment. Sometimes residential treatment is necessary in order to remove a person from a dangerous, destructive environment.
If you are suffering from drug addiction, including painkiller dependence, ask your doctor about Suboxone or any other treatment designed to alleviate withdrawal symptoms. You don’t have to do things the hard way anymore. No more cold turkey. No more painful suffering. Think of this as the helping hand to walk with you and guide you towards a world of sober living.
A New U Recovery is a Tampa Suboxone Detox program offering Tampa Oxycodone Addiction Treatment and Hydrocodone Addiction Treatment in Tampa. Call 813-443-5128 to learn more.