There are a few different approaches to weaning an addict of an opiate like heroin, morphine or oxycontin. One of them is with the use of a substance called Suboxone. It is a mix of buprenorphine and naloxone. This drug is meant to slowly detoxify an addict. It acts as an antagonist, which blocks or dampens someone’s chemical receptors. It stops the affects, pleasure or high they are trying to obtain when taking drugs. Naloxone helps prevent the addict from crushing the substance in order to snort it, because it binds to the receptors blocking the burprenophie from activating them. Essentially, the addict would not active a high from ingesting, snorting or shooting Suboxone.
The idea with the use of Suboxone is to help the body relieve its physical dependence to the drug. It takes away the mental “high” normally achieved in the drug’s use. This allows an addict to work through the loss of the mental escape they have been enjoying through their addiction, while not having to deal with the hardships and physical pain of detoxification.
The most important rule about the use of suboxone in an opiate detoxification is to use this substance exactly as directed by your doctor. Suboxone can lead to death if taken outside of the instructions given to you by your doctor. You cannot overdose on Suboxone alone, but if you mix it with other types of drugs there is a large possibility. An example of a drug that can make an overdose possible would be Benzodiazepines (aka Benzos). Also, it is important to understand that a suboxone regiment is staged down as to avoid withdrawal symptoms. Taking on an as-needed basis or skipping doses will cause the timing of the drugs cycle to run off. This will lead to withdrawal symptoms returning and possible relapse. If you or a loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol it is important to contact a professional immediately.