Suboxone abuse

November 12, 2012

Suboxone abuse

It is ironic when the cure becomes the problem, but this can be the case for many drug addicts who enter into programs using milder drugs to wean them away from their dependence.

Suboxone is used in the treatment of drug addiction – specifically the treatment of opiate addiction. With the active ingredient buprenorphine Suboxone is itself, an opiate. However Suboxone also contains naloxone which guards against abuse of the drug.

Suboxone differs from methadone, which is only available in treatment clinics, in that it can be prescribed in the doctor’s surgery.


uboxone is a partial opioid agonist and therefore is less likely to cause dependence – particularly when compared with full agonists including heroin, oxycodone or hydrocodone.

Uses of Suboxone

Suboxone is used to treat patients with an addiction, or dependence, on drugs such as OxyContin, Perocet, Vicodin or heroin. The buprenorphine in Suboxone works to reduce the symptoms of drug dependency in addicts.

Not a problem free solution

Suboxone abuse is a very real possibility during the course of treatment for other addictions. The manufacturer of this product maintains that the presence of naloxone in the medication prevents Suboxone abuse however this is not the experience of the emergency services. Reports indicate that recreational drug users are finding methods of getting high with Suboxone.

Suboxone abuse carries less of a risk of a fatal overdose, nevertheless that risk does exist especially when the Suboxone is combined with central nervous system depressants such as benzodiazepines. Addicts are finding, however, that combing Suboxone with medications such as alcohol, tranquilizers, anti-depressants, sleeping pills or other opiates will give them their longed for ‘high’.

Using Suboxone for anything other than its’ original intended use by be considered an abuse of the drug. The availability of Suboxone on prescription may, it has been argued, contribute to the rise in Suboxone abuse; patients who sell their prescription are libel to be prosecuted for drug dealing.

Combination dangers

Suboxone abuse which involves combining the drug with another is extremely dangerous and can cause, at worst, unconsciousness and death and at best feelings of being sedated and extremely drowsy. The risks of developing these side effects are greatly worsened when the Suboxone is used intravenously.

Alternatives to Suboxone


t is possible to treat opiate addiction without the use of more opiates such as Suboxone or methadone. A rapid detoxification treatment in a center specializing in this procedure has found to be very successful.

The Waismann method, carried out in an accredited hospital, is one such treatment – it has also proved successful for those who are addicted to either methadone or Suboxone.

Patients who are to undergo this form of rapid detoxification can expect to be admitted to the hospital for the procedure.

  • Initial testing will be carried out to determine that no internal damage has been sustained due to opiate abuse.

  • The patient is lightly sedated whilst medication removes all traces of Suboxone from their opiate receptors.

  • The patient awakes around 90 minutes later with no knowledge of the rapid withdrawal they have been through.

  • The patient remains in the facility for up to four days in order to be closely monitored.

Clearly this method of dealing with Suboxone abuse enables addicts to recover much more quickly than other methods, when followed up with a program of counseling, massage therapy etc. it has proved to be very successful.

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