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Suboxone: Help for Opiate Dependence

Persons who are physically dependent on opiates will experience severe withdrawal symptoms when the drug is suddenly stopped. Avoidance of the withdrawal symptoms, which can include sleeplessness, muscle cramps, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, cravings, extreme irritability, loss of appetite, and opiate cravings, is the driving force behind the drug-seeking behavior of persons who are physically addicted to opiates. Suboxone is a doctor-prescribed medication that can be used to reduce the difficulty in overcoming opiate abuse. Through the administering of Suboxone, withdrawal symptoms become less extreme so that patients are more able to bear and tolerate the symptoms that are an inevitable part of recovery. When the craving for opiates is decreased, the path to overcoming opiate dependence is opened.

The most common side effects of Suboxone include chills, constipation, depression, diarrhea, dizziness drowsiness, flushing, headache, nausea, sleeplessness, stomach pain, sweating, vomiting, and weakness. Although rare, liver problems can develop in individuals who are taking Suboxone. To reduce the likelihood of liver complications while on this medication, make sure that your doctor is aware of any liver problems you have, such as cirrhosis due to alcohol abuse, or hepatitis B or C. Your liver will need to be closely monitored during your treatment.

When undergoing a detox treatment through La Hacienda’s rehabilitation program, a commitment to a lifestyle change and honesty with your medical provider is paramount. The use or abuse of sedatives and Suboxone can result in more severe side effects and respiratory depression. If you have been prescribed medications, make certain that your doctor is aware of these so that he or she may prescribe the proper dosage of Suboxone and/or other medications that are appropriate for your body system. Our trained medical professionals are here to help you on your road to recovery.

Remember that detoxification is only the first stage of recovery. In addition to medical care under the direction of board-certified physicians and highly-qualified staff, patients at La Hacienda Treatment Center in Hunt, Texas participate in an intense relapse prevention program. Our recovery program includes regular face-to-face individual counseling and group sessions. Wholesome recreational activities and meals are also shared on the grounds of our beautiful 40-acre campus.