Managing opiate withdrawal is very often a physically and emotionally taxing ordeal. Opiate addiction is so deep rooted, it may require the intervention of an experienced and qualified professional. SOL Recovery Center understands the difficult nature of opiate detox. That’s why we provide our clients with expedient referrals to quality detox programs where they can begin to get the help they need.
The pain and sickness that often accompanies opiate withdrawal is enough to discourage some users from ever even seeking recovery. However, there are several options, including medication-assisted detox, that can help make the process as painless as possible. Currently Suboxone® and Subutex® (both of which contain buprenorphine) are available to treat opiate detox patients.
What Is Buprenorphine?
Buprenorphine is a semi-synthetic opioid medication that has been around since the 1980s, when it was marketed for acute pain. Buprenorphine works to treat opiate/opioid addiction because of its ability to reduce withdrawal symptoms while at the same time blocking the effect of other opiates.
Buprenorphine releases compounds in the brain like heroin and other opiates, but poses less of a risk of physical dependence or misuse. It also lasts a longer in the system, which helps to reduce the cycle of cravings heroin users feel.
Subutex® is a brand name for buprenorphine. Suboxone®, contains both buprenorphine and Naloxone. Naloxone is an opioid ‘antagonist’ that actually displaces opioids from the receptors in the brain, making it very difficult to abuse the drug.
Buprenorphine treatment involves a closely monitored, physician-regulated course of either Suboxone® or Subutex®. Patients who are prescribed buprenorphine treatment are allowed to enter the initial stages or withdrawal before the first dose is administered, otherwise taking buprenorphine can trigger a sudden and severe onset of withdrawal symptoms.
By allowing withdrawal to begin, the transition to buprenorphine can be made as gently as possible. The physician will then determine when to stop or reduce buprenorphine according to the patient’s progress.
While it’s an effective means of helping to treat opioid addiction, buprenorphine comes with its own unique set of withdrawal symptoms, including:
- Nasal stuffiness
- Watery eyes
- Stomach cramps/diarrhea
The buprenorphine withdrawal period is safer and more comfortable than opiates like heroin.
What To Do Before Buprenorphine:
Patients should advise their doctors of their most recent narcotics use, and any of the following:
- allergy to buprenorphine
- kidney or liver problems
- constipation/bowel conditions
- respiration problems (asthma, apnea, sleep apnea, COPD)
- low blood pressure
- gallbladder disease
- brain tumors
- thyroid or adrenal gland problems
- pregnancy or breast-feeding
- muscle weakness
- head injury
- enlarged prostate or urination problems
- history of mental illness or psychosis
- HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis (B or C)
What Can You Do?
You may not feel it, but you’re stronger than opiate addiction. Waiting to get help is only going to make the situation and withdrawal more difficult. Representatives at our Arizona treatment center are ready to guide you or your loved one toward an effective, safe and clean detox program where you can begin to get the help you need. Contact us 24/7 at 866-239-1700. Start your healing today.