Suboxone​

Suboxone is a man-made drug used to help treat opioid addiction. Suboxone is classified as an opioid partial agonist since it binds to the same brain receptors as opioids but is not an opioid. Suboxone can be used to replace more harmful drugs, such as heroin. It can also help reduce withdrawal symptoms.  Even though the likelihood of becoming addicted to suboxone is low, it is still possible.

What are the signs and symptoms?

 

It is important to know and recognize the signs of a suboxone addiction. Some of the signs include:

 

  • An excess supply -  Oftentimes a user may “doctor shop” or be ordering Suboxone illicitly through the mail. It is important to be aware of frequent doctor visits and empty drug packages

  • Paraphernalia - Suboxone can be injected so be aware of any needles and/or powdery residue

  • Unexplained Weight Loss

  • Financial Troubles

  • Disinterest in Hobbie

 

What are the Short-Term Effects of Suboxone Abuse?

 

While there are some desirable short-term side effects of suboxone, there are also some undesirable side effects. These side effects include:

 

  • Nausea

  • Insomnia

  • Low blood pressure

  • Blurry vision

  • Constipation

  • Respiratory or lung problems


 

What are the Long-Term Consequences of Suboxone Abuse?

 

Long-term use of suboxone can have long-term side effects. These can include:

 

  • Hair loss 

  • Loss of libido

  • Poor stress management 

  • Loss of control over emotions

If you or a loved one is believed to be suffering from suboxone abuse or other addictions, please reach out to Sobriety Now for a consultation:  267-704 -9669

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Sources:

  1. American Addiction Centers (Suboxone Addiction and Abuse Treatments)

  2. The Recovery Village (Suboxone Abuse Signs, Symptoms, & Side Effects)