Suboxone information is gone over in great detail including: What it is, where it comes from, it’s uses, and my personal experience with it. I also tell you how to get into a Suboxone program.
So, what is Buprenorphine?
Buprenorphine is what they call a partial opiate agonist. The brain has different receptors that are made to receive a variety of signals. Mu opiate receptors, kappa opiate receptors, ORL1/nociceptin opiate receptors, and-delta opioid receptors are the ones that Buprenorphine does all of it’s business with.
It is especially “sticky” to the Mu and kappa receptors. Now, this is where we can most effectively explain how it all works. In the Mu receptor, Buprenorphine acts as a partial agonist. That means that it is only getting that receptor a little bit “high”. In the ORL1/nociceptin and the delta receptors, it is getting them a little bit high and all the way high. Finally, in the kappa receptor it’s acting as a competitive antagonist. Antagonist means that it’s not getting it “high” at all. Remember when I said that Buprenorphine was especially “sticky” to the Mu and kappa receptors? Well that is the reason Suboxone works so well as a partial opiate agonist. I’s telling the brain to do two opposite things. Therefore we get the addict to feel comfortable but without the possibility of getting loaded or too high. This is why Suboxone is considered fairly safe and very effective to use on an outpatient basis with little supervision.
What is Naloxone?
Naloxone is an opiate antagonist. That means it blocks the opiate receptors and will not let anything in. This is where we can define the difference between Suboxone and Subutex. Suboxone has Naloxone it to prevent abuse. Many addicts will try to buck the system and use their prescribed drugs in a different way than directed. A common practice is to crush up pain killers, mix them in water, and inject them intravenously. This gives a more potent feeling or rush. Try doing that with Suboxone and you will regret it. The Naloxone will put you into full withdrawal. It will be very painful!
What is the difference between Suboxone and Subutex?
They are both basically the same. Both are a tablet of Buprenorphine. The only difference between the two is that Subutex does not have any Naloxone in it. That makes it more likely to be abused and it’s considered to be not as safe. Some patients prefer Subutex because Naloxone can have slight side effects such as: headaches, change in mood, increased sweating, nausea, nervousness, restlessness, trembling, and vomiting. Remember, everyone is different and will react in unique ways to most medications.
How To Get Into A Suboxone Program
I have a pretty detailed scenario towards the middle of my Getting Help page, but I want to get into this topic a little deeper. First of all, I wanted to mention that I do not work for Reckitt Benckiser, nor am I getting paid to promote them. I have a few adds here or there, but I wanted to give out this information because it’s how I turned my life around. Maybe you know some one or you yourself needs a way out. This is the best knowledge from my personal experience that I have to share with all of you. Now that I got the disclaimer out of the way, lets learn about how to get into an out patient Suboxone program.
It’s not the only way to get clean In fact, many folks out there would like to imply that you’re cheating . Well I don’t agree with them on that, but I do agree that this kind of therapy is replacing one addiction with another very similar in nature. You have got to realize that from the beginning and go over the best route to take with your doctor. I’m not saying that this is a bad or regretful way to get rehabilitated either. Just know what your getting yourself into, have a plan of action, and FOLLOW IT! Some doctors give Suboxone to you for a week while tapering down every day. I used that method and it worked. In my case, I did not follow up with therapy and relapsed in a few days time. Other doctors will put you on a longer term maintenance program with mandatory group meetings and Narcotics Anonymous meetings. It could be for 6 months or 2 years. What you and your health care professional decide is up to you.
Fist and foremost, you’ve got to find suboxone doctors near you. Click on that link I just gave you and follow along until you get to the Suboxone doctor locator at the end of the post. Click on that link and go to the page and follow the directions. In about 2 minuets you should have a great list from doctors nearby.
After you’ve got the list of doctors, its time to start researching. Go ahead and start calling the Docs on the list. Don’t make any appointments, just call to find out what their policies are. Do they except insurance? What kind? Do they except Medicaid? If they refuse to accept insurance for suboxone patients, and many will, how much is an office visit? Is it cash or is a check OK? Most office visits should be no higher than $150. Also, pay attention to how pleasant the receptionist is. This may not seem important right now, but down the road it makes a big difference. Many doctors treat Suboxone patients as a “cash cow”, so to speak. They do not care about you, and will in some cases actually rip you off. Your doctor should be understanding and ask you a lot of questions about how you handle life situations, or try to get to the bottom of any mental conditions that may have caused you to medicate yourself. This is really important for recovery. I found out that I had a Anxiety disorder and medium depression throughout my life. That is one of the main reasons why I felt compelled to use heroin and alcohol. I was prescribed Celexa for this, and it really did help me.
Once you’ve found that perfect doctor, it’s time to get the fist appointment set up. If this doc is any good, he or she will get you in for a consultation as soon as possible. You should ask the receptionist setting up the first visit what to expect from the initial visit. Ask what will be happening to you. Are you going to be inducted that day, or will it take more than one visit? This is important because you’ll need to plan ahead as far as your last opiate use. Induction is the process of getting your fist dose of Suboxone or Subutex. Some doctors give it to you in the office to see how you react. Others will just write the script and send you to the pharmacy. You will be drug tested. You will not get anything if you come in high! You must come into the fist visit in a medium state of withdrawal! No opiate use for at least 12 hours before you come in. This how the physician will gauge how much you need as well as asking about what your daily drug use consists of. Inducing Suboxone Less than 12 hours from opiate use can cause withdrawal! Be honest! Now you’re on the way to recovery.
Meetings, Meetings, And Therapy
Now that you are hooked up with the medication to stabilize your life, It’s time to find out what got you into the destructive path of opiate addiction. I’ve just given you all of the Suboxone information that you need, but in order to get into any Suboxone program, you’ve got to go to group therapy at least once a month. It is a necessary component to recovering successfully. You will also be asked to attend Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and/or Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) several times per week/month. These two groups are not for everyone! I actually had a problem going and decided not to continue. If that is the case, I recommend seeing a one on one psychologist that specializes in cognitive therapy weekly. This will get to the bottom of your issues and help you deal with triggers and instances where poor decision making have led to drug use. It helped me in so many ways.
Remember, Suboxone is not a magic pill that cures you with no effort on your part. It is a process and you need to work towards your sobriety. Overtime it becomes easier. It’s also important to remember that outpatient treatment is not the only route to take. Some people need to go to a live in facility. I will discuss this in a later article. Keep your chin up and stay positive!
I really hope this suboxone information has helped you!
It might be a good fit for your recovery!