They gave you Subutex and promised healing. Instead, you exchanged one chemical dependency for another one. Crestview Recovery can help. Here’s what to expect while undergoing Subutex withdrawal symptoms and subsequent Subutex addiction treatment.
How Subutex Works and Hooks Its Users
Detox facilities might hand out Subutex when working with clients in need of buprenorphine treatment. That’s typically the case if you struggle with opiate dependency. Most importantly, the medication also works for pain pill withdrawal. Its chemical makeup shows the substance to be a partial opioid antagonist.
This means that it takes the place of the opioid. Most importantly, it doesn’t give you the high. Therefore, when administered correctly, Subutex can be useful for managing withdrawal symptoms as well as cravings. For a short-term application, it works well.
That said, you’ll experience Subutex withdrawal symptoms when you decide to quit. Even if you don’t actively use it in an off-label way, it can still form a habit. You merely exchange one opioid for another one. Entering Crestview Recovery’s Subutex addiction treatment program is your best option.
Managing Post-Acute Subutex Withdrawal Symptoms
During detox, you’ll work through acute Subutex withdrawal symptoms. They include body temperature fluctuations, mood swings, and severe cramping. Gastrointestinal upset can lead to dehydration if you don’t seek help at a detox facility. After about a week to ten days, you’re ready to move over to the rehab portion of treatment.
Here, clinical care focuses on the psychological aspects of withdrawal. Examples include intense cravings, anxiety, and depression. Modalities consist of:
- Dual diagnosis treatment and assessment for underlying co-occurring conditions
- Psychotherapy that focuses intently on your reasons for developing a pain pill dependency
- Group therapy for addiction education and relapse prevention planning
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a way of replacing unwelcome thought patterns with healthier ones
- Yoga therapy encourages healthy stress management through breathing techniques, stretches, and movement
Dealing with the Disappointment of Relapse
You initially thought that taking Subutex would lead to recovery. Now, you struggle with the defeat of relapse. Besides that, you worry that it’s just not in your makeup to overcome addiction. That’s not true. Most people relapse on the way to recovery; it’s part of the process.
Crestview Recovery addiction specialists recommend that you check into the residential and inpatient treatment program if you have the means to do so. It allows you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the therapeutic atmosphere. Managing medication starts with having a medical staff available 24/7 to observe your symptoms first-hand. Most importantly, you spend time around others in recovery. Doing so is tremendously helpful.
The presence of peers who understand what you’re going through motivates people to continue with treatment. Similarly, it builds their trust in themselves and others. Because you learn that you aren’t alone in the struggle, you feel the necessary strength to proceed. Therefore, group therapy, as well as after-hours peer interactions, will become invaluable for recovery.
Planning for Lifelong Sobriety
Post-acute Subutex withdrawal symptoms may crop up periodically. An aftercare plan prevents them from becoming stumbling blocks. Possible plan details may include regular follow-up visits with a psychiatrist who assists with a mood disorder. Moreover, you should consider joining a support group for accountability and ongoing peer support after an addiction treatment program.
Many program participants find that a 12-Step approach works well for them. That said, there are also non-12-Step meetings that highlight the importance of personal accountability. No matter what setup you prefer, participation is essential for lifelong sobriety. Most importantly, you explore non-opioid pain management options.
Do not allow the presence of Subutex withdrawal symptoms to question your ability to overcome dependency. At Crestview Recovery, caring therapists routinely work with people just like you. Falling victim to a prescription medication addiction is easy. Finally, beginning recovery is possible by dialing 866.262.0531 now.
Since 2016, Dr. Merle Williamson, a graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University, has been the Medical Director at Crestview Recovery, bringing a rich background in addiction medicine from his time at Hazelden Treatment Center. He oversees outpatient drug and alcohol treatments, providing medical care, setting policies, detox protocols, and quality assurance measures. Before specializing in addiction medicine, he spent 25 years in anesthesiology, serving as Chair of Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Chief of Anesthesia at Kaiser Permanente. This experience gives him a unique perspective on treating prescription drug addiction.