Opiates are among the most addictive substances in the U.S. Many people are being prescribed painkillers, whether it be for acute pain or chronic pain, and end up having addiction by the time they are done with their prescription. The primary drug found in most prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin and Percocet, is an opioid called Oxycodone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 46 people die from overdoses involving prescription opioids every day. In 2017, prescription opioids continued to contribute to the epidemic in the U.S. – they were involved in more than 35% of all opioid overdose deaths.
To detox from opiates, you can go many different routes. Such options for detoxing off pain meds include therapy, group support groups, natural herbs, cold turkey, and many more. Still, the one medication that has proven to be the best at safely getting addicts off opiates with little to no withdrawal symptoms is Buprenorphine.
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What is Buprenorphine?
Buprenorphine is explicitly used for opioid addiction, and it usually comes by the name Suboxone or Sublocade. Suboxone is the preferred three because it discourages abuse and can block the user from getting high (The naloxone part of buprenorphine/naloxone is known as an opioid antagonist or “blocker”). Sublocade is the latest alternative in opioid treatment and should only be used in the initial therapy off opioids.
How Does Sublocade Work?
Sublocade (buprenorphine) is a brand-name prescription medication. It’s used to treat moderate to severe opioid use disorders, and it helps prevent cravings and withdrawal symptoms that you may get if you stop taking opioid drugs. These drugs include prescription drugs, such as morphine, oxycodone, fentanyl, and illegal drugs, such as heroin.
Sublocade is given as an injection in your belly just under the skin. A healthcare provider would administer the injection once a month in a clinic. Treatment and counseling are also suggested, along with the prescription.
Is Sublocade Less Likely to be Abused?
This drug can cause dependency, but abuse is less likely because the administration must be done by a medical professional. Therefore, it is controlled.
While it is difficult to abuse this drug, it is perilous to continue other opiates while on Sublocade. Yes, you can get high, but these drug mixtures can be hazardous, as the effects of one drug can either mask or heighten the impact of the other drug. Should Sublocade be mixed with another opioid, their same depressant qualities may exacerbate one another, which can prove fatal, especially in users with respiratory problems.
Medical Detox for Opioid Abuse
At Allure Detox, we specialize in helping opioid addicts that want to get off Buprenorphine safely. Whether you’re abusing it to get high or are on a long-term maintenance plan and can’t stop using it on your own, our specialists are here to help. Our Buprenorphine detox in West Palm Beach, Florida, follows a medically-assisted detox approach to ensure your withdrawal symptoms are minimized.