It may seem counter-intuitive that there is a need for Suboxone detox, when the drug itself is a common treatment for heroin, methadone and other opiate dependencies. Suboxone is chemically engineered to remain in your opiate receptors and blocks other opiates from having an effect. Many patients who have been treated with Suboxone will stay with maintenance for an extended time and are unable to relinquish the drug without help, even if they try to wean off slowly. Buprenorphine, one of the critical components of Suboxone, is 20 to 30 times more potent than morphine. An addiction to Suboxone can be just as severe as the initial opiate addiction, and today more and more people are seeking help to free themselves from this chemical dependency.

How to detox from Suboxone

New Start offers a sub-acute Suboxone detox where clients complete a supervised ten day tapering off of the drug. Supervised withdrawal is highly recommended as the post-acute withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous for an individual who has become dependent on Suboxone. Common withdrawal symptoms can include:

Sweating

Headache

Nausea

Insomnia

Cold or flu-like symptoms

Mood swings

Headaches

Respiratory depression

These symptoms will be less severe and shorter in length than those experienced from the withdrawal from heroin, OxyContin, or methadone, but addiction to any substance will create a withdrawal period. New Start is committed to ensuring a thorough, safe and responsibly managed treatment to patients. The benefit of an inpatient program is not only the comfortable and safe environment, but a stripping away of influences which may have contributed to the physical or emotional addiction. When stress, pain, or underlying mental conditions are perpetuating substance abuse, our inpatient environment will allow patients to focus on the goal of achieving sobriety.

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What to expect with Suboxone detox at New Start

The process of how to detox from Suboxone begins with an initial health assessment involving physical examination, including a visual screening of the patient, to establish a comprehensive evaluation of each client. Our clinical staff members have experience working with individuals detoxing from Suboxone, and it’s important to generate a basic knowledge of medical history, history of abuse as well as personal well-being, psychological and emotional condition. Variables such as age, number of years using, amount used per week, family history and any underlying mental disorders are taken into consideration to develop an effective treatment plan. Our team of professionals works together with clients to draw up a treatment plan incorporating daily individual and group therapy sessions. All aspects of treatment are outlined clearly so our clinical staff, patients and their family or support system are on the same page. Throughout detox, we work with clients to outline a long-term treatment plan, in preparation to transition successfully to the next phase of recovery.

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