Buprenorphine and Naloxone in Addiction Treatment
Buprenorphine is an opioid drug used to aid detox from methadone, heroin and other opiates without causing a replacement addiction. Buprenorphine in combination with naloxone gives the commercial drug Suboxone.
Suboxone was developed to discourage users from abusing buprenorphine by injecting or snorting the drug. Naloxone was added because it is an opioid antagonist, used to guard against misuse, by slowing the triggering of opioid receptors in the brain.
As a result, Suboxone is safer, as it will not produce the same “high” or pain relief as other opioids that fully stimulate the receptors – these are called full agonists and include: heroin, Oxycontin, Vicodin, Hydrocodone, Percocet, Methadone, Morphine, Fentanyl.
Despite its benefits, abuse of Suboxone can be addictive and can still trigger physical and psychological addiction.
What is Suboxone prescribed for?
Suboxone is prescribed during opiate and opioid detox for heroin, Vicodin and hydrocodone, OxyContin and other narcotics. It should not be used unless under strict medical supervision as is not for use as a pain medication.
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Suboxone Rehab Treatment
Suboxone withdrawal symptoms can include nausea and vomiting, body aches, insomnia or drowsiness, anxiety, depression, irritability, cravings, fever or chills, sweating or headaches.
At Castle Craig, buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone) detox starts with evaluation and assessment carried out by our Consultant Psychiatrist. Our team gathers all medical information to have a full understanding of the patient’s misuse history. Based on this, we determine an individualised Suboxone detox plan.
The physical symptoms of suboxone withdrawal are the worst in the first 72 hours, going through muscle pains, mood swings, insomnia, cravings and depression lasting for up to a month. We make detox as comfortable as possible and may prescribe other medication to help ease the Suboxone withdrawal process.
During the buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone) detox programme, our nursing staff monitor each patient 24/7 and checks withdrawal symptoms so that the detox regime can be adjusted accordingly.
The duration of the suboxone detox will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, as it depends on the quantity, frequency and duration of Suboxone use prior to admission, and whether the patient has been taking any other drugs.
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Rehab Treatment for Buprenorphine and Naloxone Addiction
The buprenorphine and naloxone (Suboxone) detox phase is only the first stage of treatment. Successful recovery addresses not only the physical effects of opioid addiction but also the emotional and social factors that led to addiction.
At Castle Craig Rehab we offer an integrated residential rehab programme for Suboxone detox and addiction. Each patient has their own individual treatment plan, which consists of psychotherapy and behavioural treatment.
Our residential programme is structured into daily individual counselling where the patient works with their personal therapist on past issues and manages treatment goals. This is complemented by specialist group therapy sessions, where we address underlying medical or psychological aspects, such as co-occurring disorders, trauma and PTSD, and eating disorders. All this is supported by a combination of complementary therapies, educational lectures and relapse prevention seminars, alongside healthy, regular meals and exercise.
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If you or someone you know is abusing buprenorphine and naloxone or Suboxone, contact us to get treatment. Our consultants will advise on the admission process. We provide quick admission and have over 30 years of experience in treating addiction to opiates and opioids, including painkiller medication such as Suboxone.
A comprehensive inpatient drug treatment program is considered to provide the best environment for the patient to achieve sustained recovery from Suboxone addiction.
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How Do I Pay For Rehab?
One concern we sometimes hear from people is how they will fund their rehab treatment. The cost of rehab varies depending on what kind of accommodation you choose. You can pay for treatment at Castle Craig privately, or through medical insurance, and some people receive funding through the NHS.
How Long Is the Rehab Programme?
Residential rehab treatment starts at four weeks and can go up to 12+ weeks. Research shows us that the longer you stay in rehab and are part of the residential therapy programme, the longer the likelihood of continued abstinence and stable recovery.
Who Will I Speak to When I Call?
When you call you will reach our Help Centre team who will give you all the information you need to help you decide whether to choose treatment at Castle Craig. Once you have decided that you would like to have a free screening assessment you will be put in touch with our admissions case managers who will guide you through the admissions process.
What Happens at the End of My Treatment?
Castle Craig thoroughly prepares patients before departure by creating a personalised continuing care plan which is formulated following discussions with the medical and therapeutic team. We offer an online continuing care programme which runs for 24 weeks after leaving treatment, in order to ensure a smooth transition back into your everyday life. Patients leaving treatment automatically join our Recovery Club where they can stay connected via our annual reunion, events, online workshops and recovery newsletters.