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Did you know there are treatment facilities that actually help people detox off Suboxone? That’s right. A medication used for opiate detox, needs its own detox treatment. Pretty shocking. And sad. If this scenario sounds all too familiar, it’s for a good reason. Can anyone say methadone treatment?
Suboxone contains buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist, meaning it binds to the opioid receptors in the brain. What that means is Suboxone can lead to some degree of physical dependency. One of the upsides to Suboxone though, is that it also contains a substance called naloxone (Narcan). Naloxone is an opioid antagonist, meaning it prevents other opiates from binding to the receptors. This component makes Suboxone less addictive than methadone, which is purely an opioid agonist, but it still has the potential for abuse and addiction nonetheless.
As opiate use continues to increase, Suboxone addiction is a growing concern. Every day Suboxone is prescribed to more and more people as part of opiate detox, putting them at risk for addiction and abuse.
The New York Times article, Addicted to a Treatment for Addiction, shares the story of a young woman named April Hileman who says that getting off Suboxone saved her life. The story dissects the conundrum that judges, doctors, families and law enforcement face. Should doctors prescribe a substance that is supposed to help with opiate detox, but can also in turn be the substance people are seeking as part of an addiction? Should judges be ordering people Suboxone as part of treatment for opiate addiction, even though it has the potential for abuse?
The Medical Director at NAD Treatment Center, offers insight into the complexities surrounding Suboxone. He relates:
“As an expert in detoxification and the medical director of several detox centers, I’ve been prescribing Suboxone for 6 years to hundreds of patients. I believe it’s an excellent tool for transitioning patients off of illicit opiates. However, Suboxone itself is very addicting and should not be used as an endpoint. Doctors refer to a “2mg wall”, which means once the patient is at 2mg, it’s very hard to get them completely off of Suboxone. I believe in helping people fully recover by getting them off of Suboxone and other addictive substances. And that’s what we do at NAD Treatment Center.”
It can be extremely uncomfortable to try and detox from Suboxone. Sadly, most individuals feel their options are limited. A) They can go to traditional rehab centers that offer them other addictive substances (i.e. benzodiazepines), and then basically white-knuckle through the miserable withdrawal symptoms. Or B) continue to use opiates to avoid withdrawals altogether. The limited options that mainstream detox centers offer can increase the fear of withdrawal and lead to high relapse rates or a completely new addiction.
If you’re one of those individuals who feels stuck and is wondering “how do I get off Suboxone if I don’t like either of those options?”, we hear you and there is an answer. There’s another option that most people aren’t aware of. It’s called NAD+ therapy. NAD+ (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) is a molecule present in all of our cells. It has many important functions such as energy production in the mitochondria, DNA repair, gene expression, etc.
In terms of opiate addiction (including Suboxone), replenishment of NAD+levels through intravenous therapy helps people detox from opiates with minimal withdrawal symptoms. NAD also reduces cravings, and increases energy and mood.
The NAD Treatment Center Detox Method™ offers advanced treatments and technologies to support detox from Suboxone in a natural way.
BR+ protocols for IV NAD+ helps to restore the brain on a cellular level, helping to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
The BRIDGE is an FDA-approved device that sends gentle electrical stimulation to the brain to decrease pain sensation during withdrawal and the fear of pain.
VIVITROL is a non-addictive, monthly injection that stops the pleasure feelings associated with opiates and alcohol.
Transformational counseling with the Doctor’s team provides psychological support and a long-term plan for recovery.
The NAD Treatment Center Detox Method is a completely natural way to give yourself the best chance at recovery. And there’s no need to harm your body in the process. Our regenerative therapies do the opposite. They help restore your brain and body on the deepest level. Detox treatment doesn’t have to involve an extensive list of addictive medications, like Suboxone or benzodiazepines. There is another way.
Our goal is to make the detox process as quick and painless as possible by utilizing the best technology out there. We’re invested in your long-term success and want to partner with you on your journey to recovery. Please contact us at 1-844-623-7587 if you or someone you know is struggling with addiction. To hear first hand how NAD+ has changed lives, click here.