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Can Suboxone Get You High?

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What Is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a medication-assisted treatment that is used to help those who are addicted to opioids kick their drug addiction. If you or your loved one are struggling with opioid addiction, Suboxone may be the treatment that changes your life. Little Creek Recovery is a drug and alcohol treatment center. We can provide you with an addiction treatment solution that will support both your emotional and physical needs. 

The purpose of suboxone is to help you overcome your addiction to opioids. Suboxone works well in the treatment process for these reasons:

  • Suboxone blocks the intense high created in opioid abuse
  • Suboxone lessens the cravings for the opioid
  • Suboxone decreases withdrawal symptoms

Suboxone is a combination of the two drugs buprenorphine and naloxone. When it is prescribed, suboxone is closely monitored by medical personnel. Together these two drugs help save lives by preventing fatal overdoses. 

Buprenorphine

Buprenorphine is called a partial opioid agonist. The drug works to block the intense high that is felt when you abuse the use of opioids. Buprenorphine works in your system and helps to decrease your desire to continue using the opioid. This drug also helps to lessen withdrawal symptoms.

Naloxone

Naloxone is called an opioid antagonist, or “blocker”. Used alone, naloxone is administered to reverse the deadly effects of an opioid overdose. The naloxone in suboxone prevents overdose from occurring from overuse of buprenorphine. Naloxone also helps to decrease the possibility of relapse.

What Does Suboxone Treat?

Suboxone treats addiction to opioids such as:

  • Heroin
  • Oxycodone
  • Morphine
  • Hydrocodone
  • Fentanyl
  • Codeine

Suboxone is a prescription medication that will help you manage withdrawal from opioid addiction. Once your withdrawal symptoms are under control suboxone may continue to be prescribed to aid in controlling your cravings. The administration of suboxone helps level out the withdrawal symptoms that happen during detoxification.

Can Suboxone Get You High?

If you are not addicted to opioids the buprenorphine found in suboxone can create the slight feeling of being high. The high felt from suboxone is not the same intensity as what is felt when you abuse opioids. Therefore, if you are suffering from opioid addiction you will not feel high.

The buprenorphine in Suboxone has a “ceiling effect”. The ceiling effect causes the body’s reaction to the opioid to even out. Even if you take more than your prescribed amount of suboxone this ceiling effect lessens the risk of misusing the drug.

For this reason, it is important to find a quality drug rehabilitation facility that will focus on your overall health and well-being. Little Creek Recovery has a dedicated staff who are well trained on the detoxification process and all of its challenges. Our goal is to create a healthy environment that encourages you to become a sober and thriving member of society. 

The Abuse of Suboxone

Suboxone has a low risk of abuse. The ceiling effect helps to keep it at low risk because the drug buprenorphine controls the limit of the intensity of the produced high. The risk of overdosing on suboxone is also low.

Like all drugs that are mistreated, suboxone can be addictive. Suboxone does not cause anything close to the level of addiction that opioids create. The misuse of suboxone may happen if you take the drug without it being a supervised prescription given as part of your drug treatment plan. If a full treatment plan is not in place and you begin taking suboxone to combat withdrawal symptoms from opioid addiction then your addiction will just transfer to suboxone. At this point, a vicious cycle is created and nothing is gained by taking suboxone.

Suboxone is a very helpful medication-assisted treatment when used responsibly and under supervision. If you do become addicted to suboxone the withdrawal symptoms will be less than those from opioids. A drug is a drug, and any drug can become dangerous if taken too often, without a prescription, or in doses that do not follow your prescription requirements.

Treatment for Opioid Addiction at Little Creek Recovery

Little Creek Recovery, located in Hamlin, Pennsylvania, offers addiction treatment plans that will help you or your loved one focus on rebuilding all aspects of your life. We take your physical, mental and spiritual health into account. Our staff will provide you or your loved one with the tools and the support that will allow you to have a fresh start and outlook. We would love to speak to you about what our staff and facility can offer. Please contact us today!

References

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/5-myths-about-using-suboxone-to-treat-opiate-addiction-2018032014496

https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Treatments/Mental-Health-Medications/Types-of-Medication/Buprenorphine/Buprenorphine-Naloxone-(Suboxone)

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