Phoenix suboxone withdrawal rehab centers effectively treat addicts who find themselves addicted to or abusing suboxone. Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) is an opioid drug used to treat opiate and opioid dependency. It is used because it reduces cravings and compulsive behaviors associated with the addiction. The suboxone is later tapered off so that the recovering addict eventually becomes free of dependence on all drugs. Suboxone withdrawal symptoms can occur if suboxone is stopped abruptly rather than being tapered off slowly.
The brain adapts to the presence of suboxone and other opioids and when these chemicals are suddenly stopped withdrawal symptoms can occur. Buprenorphine is a partial agonist, which means that while it can produce euphoria like other opioids its effects are less intense than those of full agonists like methadone. The effects of suboxone increase with increasing dosage until a ceiling is reached. Suboxone withdrawal is not usually an issue because the drug is used to help people withdraw from other drugs, but it can occur, especially in people who deliberately abuse suboxone, and suboxone withdrawal symptoms can be severe and dangerous.
The major forms of suboxone abuse are taking the drug without a prescription, taking a higher dose than prescribed, or mixing it with other drugs such as benzodiazepines or alcohol to intensify the "rush" or "high." Suboxone abuse has become common in jails, where it is known as "prison heroin."
The signs of suboxone abuse include withdrawing from normal activities, avoiding family and friends, and becoming obsessive about obtaining more suboxone. Symptoms of addiction include sleep disturbances, agitation, constipation, irritability, nausea, vomiting, slurred speech, and the appearance of flu-like symptoms. Since there is a ceiling after which additional suboxone has no further effect, it is difficult to overdose on suboxone, but it can occur. Overdose can result in low blood pressure and heart rate, respiratory distress, and cardiac arrest. As with other opioids, withdrawal symptoms can appear if the drug is stopped abruptly. Suboxone withdrawal symptoms are similar to those for other opioids, and include cravings, nausea and vomiting, muscle aches, anxiety, depression, and inability to concentrate.
Contact addiction treatment centers in Phoenix today to begin your journey to recovery. You can also visit your local Narcotics Anonymous (http://www.arizona-na.org/) for more support.