There are two main phases of drug and alcohol withdrawal – acute and post-acute withdrawal. Post-acute withdrawal is the second phase of drug and/or alcohol withdrawal, and it typically consists of mild and irritating or disruptive symptoms – not potentially dangerous symptoms, as one might experience during acute withdrawal.
The symptoms associated with acute withdrawal can be severe, and they must be treated accordingly in a drug and alcohol detoxification program. These symptoms typically resolve within one to two weeks, and once a client is deemed physically stabilized he or she transfers directly into an inpatient treatment center. It is not uncommon for individuals to experience symptoms of post-acute withdrawal while they are in inpatient treatment. Unfortunately, these symptoms can be extremely disruptive and can hinder the recovery process. For this reason, post-acute withdrawal symptoms must be thoroughly and adequately treated.
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What is Suboxone Used For?
Suboxone, a medication that is often used to treat the symptoms associated with severe opioid addiction, can be extremely habit-forming in and of itself. The post-acute withdrawal symptoms associated with Suboxone can be extremely severe and long-lasting. These symptoms will vary depending on the person, the dose of Suboxone that was being abused, and the presence of any pre-existing mental health conditions (along with several additional factors).
Suboxone and Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms
At Recreate Life Counseling, we pay special attention to symptoms associated with Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) involving Suboxone and treat them as soon as they arise. We understand that a common symptom of PAWS can negatively affect the ability to stay sober long-term. The most common symptoms include:
- Irritability and agitation
- Severe mood swings
- An inability to concentrate
- A lack of motivation to complete daily tasks
- An inability to fulfill personal responsibilities
- Tiredness, fatigue, and inexplicable physical exhaustion
- Sleep-related issues
- Depending on the substance, gastrointestinal issues (like chronic constipation)
- Lack of a sex drive
- A lack of enthusiasm regarding activities that were previously enjoyed
- Mild depression
- Mild anxiety
More About Suboxone and PAWS
At Recreate Life Counseling, we treat the symptoms of Suboxone-related PAWS as soon as they arise. We understand the negative impacts that these symptoms can have on the recovery process when they are not adequately treated, therefore we prioritize providing the medical and psychological care necessary. If you have been abusing Suboxone either on its own or along with another chemical substance, we are available to help.
Opioid Treatment at Recreate Life Counseling
Recreate Life Counseling offers comprehensive outpatient treatment and partial hospitalization services in Boynton Beach, Florida. Our recovery program is located in the heart of Southern Florida, an area that has long-since been considered the “recovery capital” of the country. This is not only because of the sunny, relaxing, and coastal location lends itself to long-term healing, but because there are innumerable recovery-related resources available throughout this specific region.
If you have been suffering at the hands of an opioid addiction of any type or severity, we are available to help. Simply give us a call and our admissions counselors will set to work developing a viable intake plan. We understand that choosing the right treatment center can be an overwhelming process, and for this reason, we are available to assist you every single step of the way. As soon as you decide to reach out, we will conduct a no-obligation insurance benefits check to determine how much of your treatment experience is covered by your current provider.
Dealing with the financial component of clinical care can be stressful – for this reason, we work with many major regional and national providers to ensure that the highest level of addiction treatment is easily accessible to all those who need it. To learn more, give us a call. We look forward to speaking with you more and answering any additional questions you might have.
How does anesthesia assisted detox return receptors to PRE-dependence state?
Anesthesia-assisted detoxification (AAD) is a medical procedure used in the treatment of opioid dependence. It involves the use of anesthesia to induce a state of sedation or unconsciousness during the acute withdrawal phase, allowing individuals to bypass the intense discomfort typically associated with opioid withdrawal.
It’s important to note that AAD itself does not directly return receptors to a pre-dependence state. Opioid receptors in the brain are affected by chronic opioid use, leading to changes in receptor activity, neurotransmitter release, and the overall functioning of the brain’s reward system. These changes contribute to the development of dependence and addiction.
During AAD, anesthesia is used to manage the acute withdrawal symptoms, which can be severe and distressing. By providing sedation or unconsciousness, AAD aims to make the withdrawal process more tolerable and help individuals safely transition through the acute withdrawal phase.
After the AAD procedure, individuals may still have residual opioids in their system, and their receptors may not be fully returned to a pre-dependence state. The process of restoring the brain’s normal functioning and receptor activity takes time and can vary from person to person. Additional treatment, such as medication-assisted treatment (MAT) or counseling, may be necessary to support ongoing recovery, address cravings, and facilitate the healing process.
It’s important to note that AAD is only one component of a comprehensive treatment plan for opioid dependence. Behavioral therapies, counseling, social support, and other evidence-based interventions are typically recommended to address the underlying factors contributing to addiction and support long-term recovery. A healthcare professional experienced in addiction medicine can provide personalized guidance and develop a treatment plan tailored to individual needs.