Suboxone, also known as Buprenorphine is a drug that is approved by the FDA and primarily prescribed to individuals struggling with opiate dependency and 'addiction'. Saint Jude Retreats reviews the effectiveness of Suboxone often, mainly because there are many misconceptions regarding the drug.
Suboxone works as a limited opioid receptor blocker as opposed to methadone which acts as a full opioid receptor blocker. Opioid receptors are the part of the brain that distinguishes between pleasure and pain. Because Suboxone only partially affects the opioid receptors, the sensation is less intense. Suboxone can reduce the withdrawal symptoms that result from abruptly quitting opiate use such as heroin, morphine, oxycodone, percocet and vicodin.
Suboxone is a strong drug and a single dose will last between 48 to 72 hours, unlike Methadone which you have to take daily. Suboxone proponents claim it to be effective at blocking heroin and morphine so the individual does not achieve a high. Individuals who take Suboxone with other drugs especially drugs such as Methadone, prescription sleeping aids, benzos, antidepressants and especially alcohol are at risk for a number of dangerous side effects including abdominal pain, headache, respiratory problems, depression, constipation, anxiety, drowsiness and dizziness, nausea and vomiting, sedation and death. Additionally, there are serious health concerns for individuals that fall asleep while they are using Suboxone.
Suboxone has been effective at relieving withdrawal symptoms; however the problem lies in the fact that a large number of individuals who begin taking Suboxone are told they can never stop taking it. Long term use of Suboxone, especially in increased doses can lead to dependency and withdrawal symptoms if stopped abruptly. So we could say that while Suboxone may be effective at helping opiate users quit heroin for example, if they become 'dependent' to this replacement medication then how is it effective at all? Is the individual looking to substitute one drug with another? Or are they looking to completely change their life? This is often why Saint Jude Retreats reviews the effectiveness of Suboxone.
While there are several different methods for detox available from Suboxone, including residential and nonresidential, the most recommended type of detox is IV therapy medical detox . IV therapy medical detox is ideal in many respects because it allows the medication to be changed as the withdrawal symptoms change which allows the patient to be kept comfortable.
It should be noted that withdrawal symptoms from Suboxone can be very painful and may last up to several days.
After detox, individuals can benefit from entering a program designed to help rebuild your life. The most successful programs available are those that teach the simple truth about 'addiction', and that is that the individual is in full control of their thoughts and behaviors at all times and as such is not a slave to their addiction. Cognitive behavioral education uses self change and self assessment to teach guests to make choices and decisions that are productive and to develop behaviors and habits that are positive and enriching.
St. Jude Retreats offers a cognitive behavioral education program that builds self confidence and self esteem and as a result our guests are empowered to build the lives they truly want. Guests discover that they can have a life that is not only permanently free from drug use problems, but also free from lifelong therapy, meetings and treatment.