Subutex is a widely used prescription medication utilized in the treatment of individuals who are struggling with severe opiate abuse disorders. Subutex and Suboxone are commonly confused, however, they are different medications – though they do share the same active ingredient. Subutex is most commonly used in inpatient treatment settings and is administered by medical professionals to help combat the severe psychological cravings and withdrawal symptoms that are common in very early recovery. The active ingredient found in Subutex is buprenorphine, a partial opioid antagonist that was initially used as a pain reliever, and is now used in the treatment of opiate addiction.
When used in a medically monitored setting, this specific medication is extremely beneficial. Unfortunately, when it is used in combination with opiates like prescription painkillers or heroin and can pose several significant issues. Take a look at the dangers involved in using opiates while you are on Subutex, and please feel free to reach out to Recreate Life Counseling with any additional questions you may have.
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Some of the benefits of taking Subutex in a treatment setting include:
- Aiding in medical detox. Subutex will help alleviate physical symptoms of withdrawal while minimizing cravings that often lead to relapse when left untreated.
- Working to prevent relapse in early sobriety – cravings have been known to last long after medical detox and can lead to relapse within the first three to six months of sobriety when not properly treated. Eliminating cravings is essential in preventing relapse.
- Allowing the individual, the opportunity to focus on his or her treatment goals without struggling through uncomfortable symptoms of post-acute withdrawal.
This is a short-term solution, but one that has been proven effective time and time again.
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Over the past two decades, opiate addiction throughout the United States has spiked significantly. Currently, prescription painkiller addiction and heroin addiction remain leading causes of accidental death. Not only are these drugs extremely lethal, but they are extremely hard to quit without professional assistance. Recreate Life Counseling specializes in the treatment of individuals who are struggling with opiate addiction of all types and severities. We understand how impossible quitting may seem, and how devastating the effects of long-term addiction can be.
We also specialize in the treatment of individuals who struggle with polydrug abuse (meaning using more than one drug at a time to feel the effects more intensely). If you or someone you love has been combining Subutex and opiates professional help must be sought immediately, both long and short-term effects of polydrug abuse can lead to lasting – sometimes permanent – health-related issues.
Combining Subutex and Opiates
At Recreate Life Counseling, we provide medication-assisted treatment to those who require it, though we always ensure that prescription medication ingestion is closely monitored, and if we believe that any of our clients are attempting to abuse a medication we prescribe we will immediately switch to a more holistic method of recovery. When used correctly, Subutex can be extremely effective in the treatment of opiate addiction. However, we do understand that this drug can be a predominant source of abuse, thus we also treat individuals who may be struggling exclusively with Subutex addiction.
Our comprehensive program of recovery caters to men and women who are struggling with addictive disorders of all kinds, and our team of dedicated medical professionals thoroughly understands that while prescribing an opioid antagonist to one client might work, prescribing the same medication to another client might backfire. Our program is highly personalized, and each client will undergo an intensive assessment upon admission, which will help us determine which course of treatment will be the most appropriate and effective. To learn more, please give us a call today.
What will happen if I take Heroin AFTER I have taken SUBATEX?
Subutex (buprenorphine) is a medication commonly used in the treatment of opioid dependence. It works by binding to the same receptors in the brain as opioids like heroin, but with a longer duration of action and a lower potential for misuse. If you have taken Subutex and then take heroin, several things could occur:
- Diminished Effects of Heroin: Subutex is a partial opioid agonist, meaning it activates opioid receptors but to a lesser extent compared to full agonists like heroin. Taking heroin after Subutex may result in diminished effects because buprenorphine can partially block the effects of other opioids.
- Increased Risk of Overdose: Buprenorphine, being a partial agonist, has a ceiling effect on respiratory depression. This means that it has a reduced risk of respiratory suppression even in higher doses. If you take heroin while Subutex is still in your system, you may have a reduced tolerance to opioids, increasing the risk of overdose and respiratory depression.
- Precipitated Withdrawal: If you have been consistently taking Subutex and then suddenly take heroin, the buprenorphine can displace the heroin from the opioid receptors. This can lead to rapid withdrawal symptoms, commonly known as precipitated withdrawal. It can be a severe and uncomfortable experience.
It’s important to discuss any substance use or concerns with your healthcare provider, especially if you are receiving medication-assisted treatment for opioid dependence. They can provide specific guidance tailored to your situation and help you make informed decisions regarding your treatment and overall well-being.