Why is it So Hard to Detox Off of Suboxone and Other Forms of Buprenorphine?

Why is it So Hard to Detox Off of Suboxone and Other Forms of Buprenorphine?

Watch Dr. Coleman’s Facebook Live post where he answers the question, Why is it So Hard to Detox Off of Suboxone and Other Forms of Buprenorphine? Here’s a recap.


Why It’s Hard To Stop

Detoxing from Suboxone can be a challenging process. In this age of rising opioid addictions, many patients find Suboxone to be a great solution. Suboxone binds to the same receptors in the brain and activates the same “switch” as an opioid would. It is slow acting and doesn’t cause euphoric highs. Suboxone is a blocker to the opioid receptors in the brain. This prevents overdose because it keeps receptors very full, but it also makes it extremely hard to detox from it.

Creating Your Own Endorphins

Coming off of Suboxone, a provider may gradually drop the dosage. However, because this powerful drug binds to receptors for a longer amount of time, detox from the substance can take up to 30 days or more. To fully recover from the drug’s strong effects, your body needs at least a few months after treatment is complete.

To address this, Coleman Addiction Medicine offers Naltrexone in its treatment to help move the Suboxone out. This means you will start creating your own endorphins a lot sooner.

Coming Off of Suboxone Faster

We make the process of quitting Suboxone as fast and comfortable as possible. A detox can last 8 to 10 days on average, but it depends on the person. One should continue the use of Suboxone if it is part of a treatment plan.

Contact Coleman Addiction Medicine to learn about your detox options today.

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