Suboxone: Alternative treatment or alternative trap?
Suboxone has been used to wean users off opiates since 2002, and has quickly become an alternative to methadone — but it’s far from risk-free and merely swaps one chemical addiction for another. A combination of the opiate buprenorphine and naloxone that reverses the effects of other narcotics, Suboxone is used taken in tablet or sublingual film in outpatient detox programs. Some clinics find it preferrable to methadone because users aren’t required to make daily office visits, but the drug’s side effects and potential for long-term abuse are great.
Unlike methadone, Suboxone is designed to prevent abuse. It contains a drug, naloxone, that blocks euphoric highs when Suboxone is injected. Even so, failure to follow precise directions during treatment that can last several days — or far longer — can result in serious side effects or death.
The drug is habit forming and can be fatal when combined with alcohol, sleeping medication, narcotics or muscle relaxants. Other side effects include extreme drowsiness, loss of coordination, blurred vision, slurred speech, shallow breathing, nausea, pounding heartbeats, flu-like withdrawal symptoms, headaches, numbness, sleeping problems and feeling drunk. Overdoses are also possible.
There is an alternative
Clarity Intensive Outpatient Opiate Treatment (IOOT) has revolutionized detoxification by eschewing both methadone and Suboxone. Instead, after a four-day detoxification session, patients are administered Naltrexone monthly. The drug is an opioid receptor antagonist that literally blocks parts of the brain — receptors — that crave opiates and get high from them. It’s not an opiate, so patients don’t trade one euphoric drug for another or need to take drugs daily to curb their addiction.
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