Buprenorphine and Naloxone (Suboxone) Addiction

What is Suboxone?

Buprenorphine is an opioid drug used to aid detox from methadone, heroin and other opiates without causing a replacement addiction. Buprenorphine in combination with naloxone gives the commercial drug Suboxone.

Suboxone was developed to discourage users from abusing buprenorphine by injecting or snorting the drug. Naloxone was added because it is an opioid antagonist, used to guard against misuse, by slowing the triggering of opioid receptors in the brain.

As a result, Suboxone is safer, as it will not produce the same “high” or pain relief as other opioids that fully stimulate the receptors – these are called full agonists and include: heroin, oxycontin, Vicodin, Hydrocodone, Percocet, Methadone, Morphine, Fentanyl.

Despite its benefits, abuse of Suboxone can be addictive and can still trigger physical and psychological addiction.

What is Suboxone prescribed for?

Suboxone is prescribed during opiate and opioid detox for heroin, Vicodin and hydrocodoneOxyContin and other narcotics. It should not be used unless under strict medical supervision as is not for use as a pain medication.

Suboxone Rehab Treatment

Suboxone Detox

Suboxone withdrawal symptoms can include: nausea and vomiting, body aches, insomnia or drowsiness, anxiety, depression, and irritability, cravings, fever or chills, sweating or headaches.

At Castle Craig, buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone) detox starts with evaluation and assessment carried by our Consultant Psychiatrist. Our team gathers all medical information to have a full understanding of the patient’s misuse history. Based on this, we determine an individualised Suboxone detox plan.

The physical symptoms of suboxone withdrawal are the worst in the first 72 hours, going through muscle pains, mood swings, insomnia, cravings and depression lasting for up to a month. We make detox as comfortable as possible and may prescribe other medication to help ease the Suboxone withdrawal process.

During the buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone) detox programme, our nursing staff monitor each patient 24/7 and check withdrawal symptoms so that the detox regime can be adjusted accordingly.

The duration of the suboxone detox will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, as it depends on the quantity, frequency and duration of Suboxone use prior to admission, and whether the patient has been taking any other drugs.

Rehab Treatment for Buprenorphine and Naloxone Addiction

The buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone) detox phase is only the first stage of treatment. Successful recovery addresses not only the physical effects of opioid addiction, but also the emotional and social factors that led to addiction.

At Castle Craig Rehab we offer an integrated residential rehab programme for Suboxone detox and addiction. Each patient has their own individual treatment plan, which consists of  psychotherapy and behavioural treatment.

Our residential programme is structured into daily individual counselling where the patient works with their personal therapist on past issues and manages treatment goals. This is complemented by specialist group therapy sessions, where we address underlying medical or psychological aspects, such as co-occurring disorders, trauma and PTSD, eating disorders. All this is supported by a combination of complementary therapies, educational lectures and relapse prevention seminars, alongside healthy, regular meals and exercise.

Our programme also incorporates peer support through 12-step groups such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA), which will be a valuable resource during long-term sobriety from Suboxone addiction.

Get Help for Suboxone Addiction

If you or someone you know is abusing buprenorphine and naloxone or Suboxone, contact us to get treatment. Our consultants will advise on the admission process. We provide quick admission and have over 30 years experience in treating addiction to opiates and opioids, including painkiller medication such as Suboxone.

A comprehensive inpatient drugs treatment program is considered to provide the best environment for the patient to achieve sustained recovery from Suboxone addiction.