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Suboxone and Tramadol

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What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a combination of two drugs: buprenorphine and naloxone and one typically ingests sublingually (placing a dissolving strip under the tongue).  

Why the combination? Well, buprenorphine is a low strength opioid which is intended to provide the user with mild pain killing relief and can also induce a euphoric high. However, it’s effects will level off with higher dosages- meaning that taking more of it will not necessarily increase the level of high you may experience. 

Naloxone (sold individually as Narcan) on the other hand is an opioid antagonist which can block the effects of buprenorphine. If the suboxone is taken as directed (i.e. not altering the medication to be crushed, snorted or injected), the naloxone will remain dormant and will not prevent the opioid from working. However, if the drug is altered, the naloxone will be released and prevent the buprenorphine from activating. This mechanism helps prevent abuse of the drug. 

What is it Suboxone for?

Suboxone helps treat people who may be dealing with an opioid dependency. The opioid present in this drug is considerably weaker than some others such as heroin, and allows users to lower their dependence without having to experience painful withdrawals.

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Given that suboxone contains naloxone which will render the opioid useless if altered in any way, snorting, injecting or inhaling this drug would be pointless. Also, attempting to do so can produce strong withdrawal symptoms for someone who is using it to taper off a stronger opioid (as they will not experience anything). Further, taking any medication in a manner inconsistent with it’s directions can lead to permanent damage to the body and should be avoided.

What is Tramadol?

Tramadol is a mild opioid when compared to other narcotics such as morphine or heroin and treats mild to moderate pain in patients. It is sold under several brand names such as Ultram, Ultram ER and ConZip. Tramadol still possesses the same qualities as other opioids and can cause users to experience a euphoric high and elevated mood, as it promotes the release of dopamine. It is also a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SRI) which causes a buildup of the chemical, similar to that of some antidepressants which could explain why some abuse the drug.

Tramadol can pose serious health risks when altered or abused. Chewing, crushing and snorting, or injecting the drug will cause a faster release of the drug into the bloodstream, rather than the controlled release one would experience if taken as directed. While this may provide a more instant effect and high, the sudden absorption of the drug into the body can cause an overdose and death in some severe cases. Tramadol is a central nervous system depressant which slows your heart rate and breathing, leading to an opioid induced respiratory depression and potentially death. Further, tramadol may cause serotonin syndrome due to it being a fairly powerful SRI.

What is the difference between Ultram, Ultram ER and Ultracet?

While all three drugs contain tramadol, their functions vary somewhat:

Ultram – This is your basic brand name tramadol.

Ultram ER – Ultram ER or ‘extended release’ is an altered form of tramadol which provides a slow ongoing release of the opioid into the body. This is commonly for patients experiencing chronic pain and those who need long term relief. 

Ultracet – Ultracet is a combination of tramadol and acetaminophen and typically treats patients after dental surgery or for individuals with moderate to severe pain. As expected, the tramadol will bind to the opioid receptors and prohibit the release of serotonin and norepinephrine while the acetaminophen actually increases the pain threshold of a patient. Combined, the drugs work to reduce the overall pain experienced. Ultracet can be very harmful if abused. Along with the addictive effects of the opioid, acetaminophen can cause severe liver damage if abused.

Can you take Tramadol with Suboxone?

Mixing suboxone and tramadol could have deadly effects. As we know, taking suboxone in its directed form will cause the naloxone to remain dormant and will only release the buprenorphine. The intake of two opioids at once can cause an overdose. If altered, suboxone does have the potential to completely negate the effects of both tramadol and buprenorphine making the mixture useless. Further, mixing naloxone and tramadol can lead to an increased risk of seizures.

Mixing any opioid with alcohol is incredibly dangerous as one drug will enhance the effects of the other substance. As mentioned earlier, opioids are a central nervous system depressant and alcohol is no different. Combining the two will further increase the depressive effects and can lead to respiratory depression and death. The intake of three or more drugs is categorized as polysubstance abuse and is even more dangerous. With more substances, treatment is more difficult. It’s not impossible, but it’s important to find help from a recovery center that is adequately prepared to treat each issue.

FAQs

How long does Tramadol stay in your system?

Tramadol has a half-life of around 6 hours. This means it takes roughly 6 hours for the chemical to reduce to half its initial strength. Generally, it takes around a day or two for the drug to completely leave the body. However, this is also heavily dependent on the users body composition. The ability to detect Tramadol depends on length of use and dosage. Different tests will detect it at different times.

How long does Suboxone stay in your system?

The half-life of the chemical buprenorphine, a component of suboxone, is around 37 hours. This means it takes roughly 37 hours for the chemical to reduce to half its initial strength. The length of time Suboxone stays in one’s system varies by length of use and dosage.

What is generic Suboxone?

Generic Suboxone refers to any non brand name suboxone products. Generally users will purchase this to save money as it can be around 74% cheaper than brand name Suboxone.

What are some Suboxone withdrawal symptoms?

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

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What are some Tramadol withdrawal symptoms?

  • Sweating
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Cramps

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Suboxone and tramadol both carry a high risk for addiction. Improper use can cause severe detriments to an individual’s health. If you or a loved one needs help, please reach out today.

Frequently Asked Questions About Suboxone and Heroin Detox

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At Fight Addiction Now, we’ve written quite a bit about recovering from heroin and Suboxone, but there are still several frequently asked questions about both substances that we’d like to address.

In specific, we would like to address questions people have about detoxing from heroin and Suboxone (which usually happens separately, of course). Get answers to all of the pressing heroin and Suboxone detox FAQs here.

What Are the Similarities Between Heroin and Suboxone?

Heroin and Suboxone (generic name buprenorphine) both come from the opioid family of drugs, and you could argue that both are rather exclusive. Heroin is exclusive in the sense that it is illegal. You can’t just go to the doctor and get a prescription for it; you have to know where to look and whom to ask (not that we recommend you do).

So even though heroin is exclusive in this sense, hundreds of thousands of Americans have figured out how to get their hands on it. The drug causes 10,000 or more overdose deaths each year (at least since 2014), ruins the lives of countless others, and sends tens of thousands to rehab every year.

Suboxone is exclusive because it’s a prescription drug that’s usually only prescribed for a very specific reason: detox from other opioids. Even though this drug is supposed to help cease your addition to opioids, some patients end up being dependent on it.

Thus, heroin and Suboxone both carry addiction risks (and overdose risks, as well). Both also create feelings of euphoria when taken. However, the way each reacts in the brain is quite distinct.

What Are the Differences Between Heroin and Suboxone?

People use heroin not only to numb pain, especially when their prescription for a legal opioid has run out, but also to experience feelings of pleasure and euphoria. Higher doses of this illegal drug can induce a floating, dream-like state.

Suboxone does has some pain-relieving properties, but not as strong as heroin does. People with low opioid tolerances may experience some euphoria when taking Suboxone, but it’s not one of the drug’s primary characteristics. Instead, as previously mentioned, Suboxone’s main intent is to help people overcome their physical dependence on other opioids, such as heroin.

The main difference between these two drugs in question is that heroin is a full agonist, while buprenorphine is a partial agonist. Full agonists such as heroin, morphine and oxycodone activate the opioid receptors in the brain and release the full opioid effect. Partial agonist activates the same receptors, but to a much lesser extent.

Suboxone also has antagonist properties, meaning it blocks the effects of other opioids. This is thanks to the substance naloxone that is present in Suboxone. Classifying buprenorphine solely as an opioid blocker would be misleading, however. It’s in its own category and is not a replacement or substitution for any other opioid.

Are There Similar Withdrawal Symptoms Between Heroin and Suboxone?

Heroin and Suboxone certainly share some of the some withdrawal symptoms. But instead of only listing the common symptoms between the two, we will give the full lists of withdrawal symptoms for each, with the similar ones in bold.

Potential withdrawal symptoms of heroin include:

  • Elevated heart rate
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Irritability and/or aggression
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Muscles spasms and aches
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Abdominal pain
  • Tremors and convulsions
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures

Potential Suboxone/buprenorphine withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Muscle aches
  • Insomnia or drowsiness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Digestive issues (indigestion)
  • Fever or chills
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Irritability
  • Drug cravings

As you can see, there is great overlap between the two forms of withdrawal. The primary difference is that the more extreme symptoms of heroin withdrawal (hallucinations, seizures, convulsions, etc.) aren’t typically seen in Suboxone withdrawal.

What Is the Heroin Withdrawal Timeline Like?

The heroin withdrawal timeline will differ according to the severity of the addiction, but here is the average timeline to expect in detox:

  • 6 to 24 hours after the last dose: Acute withdrawal begins.
  • 2 to 3 days in: Symptoms peak.
  • 5 to 10 days in: Heroin completely leaves the system, and acute withdrawal concludes.

After acute withdrawal, you still have to watch for recurring symptoms, known as post-acute withdrawal syndrome, which can last months or years.

We’ve written an entire article if you would like to know more about what to expect in heroin withdrawal:

Heroin Withdrawal Timeline Guide

How Long Is the Suboxone Withdrawal Timeline?

The withdrawal timeline of Suboxone is similar to that of heroin, but Suboxone has slightly more noticeable mental health effects after the acute withdrawal period. Much of this is because buprenorphine has quite a long half-time, meaning it stays in the system longer.

The Suboxone withdrawal timeline will vary for each user, but the average timeline looks like:

  • First 24 hours after the last dose: Acute withdrawal will begin at some point during day one.
  • 3 days in: Symptoms reach their highest intensity.
  • 1 week in: Acute withdrawal begins to subside, but body aches, mood swings and insomnia linger.
  • 2 weeks in: Physical symptoms subside as depression begins to take over.
  • 1 month in: Depression may persist, and drug cravings start to return.

Since Suboxone withdrawal tends to drag out before finally going away, it’s best to seek professional detox and long-term care to overcome this addiction. It’s especially crucial since the cravings for Suboxone are a threat to return after the traditional 30-day treatment period.

Will I Be Given Suboxone to Detox from Suboxone?

Many detox programs will try to find natural ways to help you overcome Suboxone withdrawal. However, the medical professionals may deem that the best way to get you off Suboxone is with a tapered Suboxone regimen, ironically.

That’s why it’s best to look for a certified medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program to help you get off Suboxone. Such a program will start you with a manageable dose of Suboxone and then strategically wean you off the drug for good, in a way that minimizes the withdrawal symptoms.

What Is Suboxone Detox Tapering Like?

If you enter a MAT-certified drug rehab center where you’re planning to stay from detox to inpatient and even to the outpatient stage, the staff can taper you off Suboxone more slowly. For example, the medical providers might taper your dose down by 25 percent every 10 days.

But if you enter a standalone detox facility and need to be off Suboxone before you move on to the next stage of recovery, the detox team may deploy an emergency buprenorphine taper. This means they will wait until the onset of withdrawal, and then administer small doses of buprenorphine (e.g. 1 milligram or smaller) every hour until withdrawal is tolerable. Withdrawal still won’t be easy, but you will be stable and ready to come off Suboxone by the time you leave the facility.

For long-term buprenorphine tapering, it’s best to take your full dose at the beginning of the day and not spread it out over every few hours. This way, there is no need to think about it for the rest of the day, and you won’t be sitting around waiting anxiously for the next dose. This protocol is also beneficial because it will be harder to adjust to eventually taking Suboxone zero times per day when you were used to taking it two to four times each day.

Can I Use Kratom Instead of Suboxone to Detox from Opioids?

Kratom is an herbal substance that has some pain-relieving, stimulant and psychotropic (mind-altering) properties. This substance has been banned in a handful of states and certain counties within states, but it is legal in a majority of the U.S.

We’ve heard stories of people turning to kratom instead of Suboxone to help them beat opioid addiction, including from our own readers. There has even been some talk about using kratom as a supplement to Suboxone.

It’s hard for us to attest to the effectiveness of using kratom during opioid detox, as the evidence is all anecdotal at this point, and kratom is not federally approved for detox treatment. All we can say is that if you want to read more about the kratom vs. Suboxone conversation, you can go here:

Kratom vs. Suboxone in Detox

Can I Detox from Either Heroin or Suboxone at Home?

If you’ve only been on small doses of heroin or Suboxone for a short time, that’s one thing. But if you have a full-blown addiction to either one of these drugs, definitely do not try to detox at home. Why?

  • Heroin withdrawal can be fatal. If you’re at the point of withdrawal where you start experiencing seizures, death is a legitimate risk if you’re not under medical supervision.
  • Suboxone detox is tricky and should be handled by professionals. Although Suboxone withdrawal is rarely deadly, relapse is a big risk because the drug takes a long time to get out of your system, and the symptoms linger for months. This makes people want to stop the withdrawal symptoms by taking more buprenorphine.

If you need help for yourself or a loved one in finding Suboxone or heroin treatment, Fight Addiction Now can help guide your search for the right program. Click on “Start Chat Now” or use our contact form to get in touch with an expert.

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Can You Take Kratom While on Suboxone?

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Can You Take Kratom While on Suboxone?

There has been a lot of talk lately about using kratom much like an opioid-based drug – either for pain management or for reducing withdrawals from opioid drugs. Since there isn’t a lot of good information about kratom, or its uses, we wanted to research this even more.

What is Kratom?

Kratom – as it is commonly known – comes from mitragyna speciasa, and evergreen tree related to the coffee family. The plant is indigenous to Southeast Asia – specifically the nations of Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Papua New Guinea.

Kratom for Opioid Withdrawals

Even though the FDA doesn’t see much potential for the use of kratom to relieve withdrawals from heroin and other opioids, there are many people that stand by their claims that kratom is a safe alternative to opioids.

In fact, the use of kratom as a substitute for opioids (simply “opium,” at the time) can be traced back to Malaysia in 1836. It was also used as an opium substitute in Thailand throughout the 1800s. So why is it not widely recognized as a substitute today, when so many are struggling with chronic pain and dependency to opioid prescription painkillers?

There are a lot of opinions as to why the FDA seemingly has a grudge against this plan, but the fact remains that there have been no clinical trials for kratom at all in the United States. Even though no clinical trials are on the records, there are many that have decided to try it for themselves. The results are that many who have tried using kratom as a substitute for opioids and heroin have found it to help them immensely.

Does Kratom Work When You Are On Suboxone?

Kratom users that utilize the plant for opioid withdrawals have clearly stated that it does help to relieve the symptoms of withdrawal from drugs like heroin, OxyContin, and other prescription opioids, but what about using it to get off of strong opioid replacement drugs like Suboxone or methadone?

A cursory web search on this subject only yielded warnings from the FDA about kratom use and its possible dangers, but some further digging led to more conversations from people who have used kratom and Suboxone. First, many wondered if kratom would even have any effect on a person using Suboxone due to the naloxone being an opioid antagonist – meaning negates the effects of opioids on the receptors.

The opioid antagonist concern was quickly dismissed because the naloxone in Suboxone is not activated when taken orally. The naloxone is added to buprenorphine in Suboxone as a safety measure to prevent misuse of the drug – primarily, crushing it up and shooting it intravenously. So, theoretically, kratom should work (or at least will have some effect) even if you have Suboxone in your system.

Buprenorphine MU Receptor Affinity and Kratom

The second concern that arose, was that buprenorphine – the active opioid in Suboxone – has an extremely high affinity for MU receptors in the brain. This means that that buprenorphine has a strong pull to the MU receptors, sticking to them tightly. Many felt that the affinity was so high, that the receptors would collect only the buprenorphine first, and not leave room for the kratom to attach to the receptors.

The high affinity of buprenorphine, it seems, is what led to so many mixed reviews and opinions as to whether kratom would have any effect on a person who was already on buprenorphine. In short, most “low grade” forms of kratom had virtually no effect, as the buprenorphine had the stronger of receptor affinity.

The kratom and Suboxone experiences related by individuals who used incredibly potent and high-grade strains of kratom, however, show that the kratom did have an effect. Without a clinical study, it would be difficult to give a definitive answer, but it seems that some strains of kratom have compounds with a high enough affinity to bind to receptors alongside buprenorphine.

Does Kratom Help with Suboxone Withdrawal?

From the opinion of those who have tried kratom when having Suboxone withdrawals, yes kratom does reduce symptoms of withdrawal from opioids, even Suboxone. However, kratom too can be addictive, and cause withdrawals as well. So, it would seem that kratom may stave off withdrawal symptoms in the short term, but you are still physically dependent on opioids. Even with kratom, you are still left with the same 2 options as with suboxone or methadone – use the drug for opioid replacement, or use it to taper down to eventually quit completely.

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The Dangers of Taking Suboxone and Kratom at the Same Time

Now that we have figured out how Suboxone and kratom can both actively work on brain receptors, we need to go over the standard “be smart, be careful” verbiage. Drugs are bad… and very dangerous. Not recognizing the risks and dangers of using drugs is what led to addiction and dependency in the first place – so don’t mess around with chemicals and your brain lightly.

Second, the FDA has made their stance on kratom very clear. There not any current FDA-approved kratom-based treatments for opioid use disorders and dependency. If you are looking to get off opioids, use an addiction treatment program that utilizes MAT (Medications Assisted Treatment) with the goal of tapering you off the opioid replacement drugs as soon and as safely as possible.

Beware of opioid maintenance programs that only have the goal of giving you high doses of buprenorphine or methadone for long-term periods, with no intention of tapering doses or getting 100% clean in the end.

Have you had experiences with kratom? Do you have an opinion on the FDA’s stance toward kratom and kratom users? Share your opinions with others in the Fight Addiction Now community either on our forum, Facebook group, or the other platforms for our growing community.

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Real Talk about Suboxone and Using Drugs to Get Off Opioids

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Real Talk About Suboxone and Using Drugs to Get Off Opioids

We have had a lot of talk in our Fight Addiction Now community about getting off of heroin, prescription painkillers like OxyContin, and even opioid maintenance drugs like Suboxone and methadone. There is a lot of enthusiasm for this topic, and it is definitely a hot topic amongst those who have successfully gotten sober, are working towards their sobriety, and even those that are addicted and looking to find their options for heroin addiction treatment.

There has also been a debate on the subject of using drugs to get of drugs – specifically, using opioid drugs to get off opioids. There is so much to bring up about this topic that we wanted to outline what it truly means to use medications to quit heroin and other drugs, and have a real talk about this controversial subject to continue the conversation in the Fight Addiction Now community.

Let’s start with the most common argument against using medications and substances in people that have an addiction to medications and substances.

Isn’t Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Just Using Drugs to Get off Drugs?

Medication Assisted Treatment is a common practice in the United States and is quickly being recognized as the preferred method of treatment for addiction treatment. Still, many aren’t convinced that this form of treatment and our community has brought up a lot of very good points on the subject – both for and against this method.

What is Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)? 

Medication Assisted Treatment is simply a treatment that combines medication therapy and behavioral therapy (addiction counseling, therapy, holistic treatment and therapies, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodrama therapy, and any combination of therapies to treat the behavioral aspects of an addiction to drugs and alcohol).

The reason it is a preferred method of treatment is because of its harm reduction potential. That just means that a person using this therapy is much less likely to harm themselves than using other therapies. This harm from continual relapses, overdose, death, or the negative health effects that can arise from the continued use of illicit drugs like heroin bought from the street. Essentially, you are less likely to cause yourself any more harm than is already done, by using the medication and dosages given by a medical professional.

What Drugs Are Used For Opioid Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)? 

The types of medications used in MAT seem to be causing the biggest stir in our community and in the public eye in general. Currently, the only three types of medications allowed by the FDA for opioid medication-assisted treatment are:

  • Methadone
  • Naltrexone
  • Buprenorphine

Are these drugs perfect? No, far from it… but they have been deemed safe to use for both opioid maintenance and for detoxing/tapering from opioid addiction. Methadone and Buprenorphine are both addictive substances – and some would argue that they are more addictive than heroin and prescription painkillers that contain opioids. The combination of the negative side effects of the drugs and their addictive properties is one of the primary reasons people argue against their use in treating addiction.

How Long Should You Take Methadone/Buprenorphine? 

The length of time that a person should be taking methadone or buprenorphine drugs like Suboxone is where a grey area is created in the use of these drugs. There is a huge difference in using Suboxone on a taper schedule for 30 days to get completely off drugs, and taking high dosages of Suboxone for months or years, with no plan to taper down or quit them completely.

Long Term Opioid Use and Opioid Maintenance 

Anyone who has taken drugs recreationally – especially prescription drugs – knows that there is a “right” way to take drugs, and a “wrong” way. All prescription drugs were created to treat the symptoms of various medical maladies, from pain to anxiety to regulating blood pressure. When you don’t medically need the drugs to address symptoms, you are not supposed to take them.

For those suffering from chronic pain, there is a need to take medications to address the symptoms of pain for longer periods of time. The likelihood of dependence and addiction is high, but it is medically decided that treating the symptoms and reducing pain is more of an immediate concern than the risk of addiction is.

Long-term use of prescription painkillers is not recommended for everyone, but in some cases may the best solution for treating pain and symptoms in patients.

Following this same line of thinking, some opioid addiction programs will utilize opioid maintenance therapy in a long-term program. These types of programs give patients monitored dosages of opioid drugs on a daily, weekly or monthly schedule. Also within the programs, the dosages are not tapered down, and the goal is to stay on the medication long-term, not to quit the medication and opioids completely.

This type of program is not for all people who have an addiction to opioids and is usually (or should be) reserved only for those cases where it is medically decided that the long-term use of the drugs is more beneficial to the wellbeing of the patient than getting them off drugs is. People who suffer from chronic relapse and risk death from injecting illicit drugs that could cause overdose and death are good candidates for this type of treatment.

Long-term use of opioid medications like buprenorphine/Suboxone and methadone is not recommended for everyone, but in some cases may the best solution for keeping an individual who is addicted to opioids alive.

The Possible Dangers of Long-Term Opioid Maintenance 

There are many dangers to using any drug long-term, and even the drugs used in opioid maintenance have their dangers. One of the biggest concerns/dangers members of our Fight Addiction Now community have pointed out is that some “addiction treatment programs” (if you can call them that) are all too quick to get individuals that don’t fit the criteria for long-term opioid maintenance on a long-term opioid maintenance plan.

Yes, there are suboxone and methadone clinics all over the country that either don’t assess the needs of individuals properly or take a predatory stance towards addicts and try to get opioid addicts into long-term Suboxone and methadone use. Some of these clinics take it a reckless step further and will start opioid addicts on dangerously high dosages when they are not needed.

These dosages could even be so high that they pass the threshold for safe detox dosages – meaning that the dosages you are on is so high that most detox treatment programs will refuse to detox you due to medical concerns. In these cases, attempting to quit is dangerous and could take months or years to safely taper down, and the clinic has made a customer for life.

The danger of disreputable Suboxone and methadone clinics getting you hooked for life is very real. Some of these programs even call themselves addiction treatment programs or offer a “Cure for Heroin Addiction.”

Those that are addicted to heroin and other opioids should be careful and do plenty of research into a program before starting treatment. In this sense, our community members and the public is right in sharing a word of warning about programs that utilize opioid replacement drugs. However, not all programs that utilize these drugs have this unsavory intent.

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Programs That Safely Use Medication Assisted Treatment, Suboxone, and Buprenorphine 

Now that we have addressed the dangers of opioid replacement drugs, let’s focus on the benefits of using medication assisted treatment, and how “using drugs to get off drugs” is not always a bad thing.

The Dangers of Opioid Withdrawal and Quitting Heroin/Painkillers “Cold Turkey” 

There are certain drugs that have such a strong grip on their users that even quitting them abruptly could lead to serious physical harm and death. Alcoholics and those with a strong physical addiction and dependence to alcohol CANNOT quit “cold turkey.” The withdrawal symptoms – specifically the DTs (delirium tremens) – can be so severe that organs will shut down, a patient can experience seizures, and the threat of death is very real.

Opioids like heroin, OxyContin, fentanyl, and other prescription drugs also prevent dangerous withdrawal symptoms. While not as dangerous and immediately life-threatening as with alcohol, the symptoms of opioid withdrawal are strong enough and painful enough to convince a user that being addicted isn’t as painful as the withdrawals.

Without medication to help ease these symptoms, the addict might never be able to quit drugs completely and risks the chance of dying as an addict.

When faced with the 2 choices of: 1.) detoxing from opioids painfully and excruciatingly without medication, or 2.) making the detox process a little easier by using drugs to step down the intensity slowly and safely – medication-assisted detox utilizing (MAT) and medication-assisted treatment drugs offers a safer and common sense approach.

Getting Help for Opioid and Heroin Addiction is the Best Way to Recover

We have laid out the controversies and concerns about treating an addiction to drugs with drugs, though we have only scratched the surface. We expect that this outline will give us much more to talk about (we haven’t even brought up the possibility of using kratom and non-FDA approved drugs into the mix). However, this gives some common ground to further the conversation.

As one of the members of our community brought up, “it doesn’t matter what method you used to get off heroin, so long as you got off and stayed off.” To an extent this is true, the ultimate goal of anyone who has struggled with addiction and substance abuse is to find a way to get through life without feeling beaten down and broken. To find that life can be worth living again… to find a way to cope with the mistakes we’ve made and to simply get more out of the time we have on this earth.

As long has you have a clear picture of your goals, have a commitment to your sobriety, and are prepared to work for what you want, you can recover from the addiction that has held you down for too long.

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