Honestly, I totally understand why people want to get on suboxone. The benefits to it are great, and it is especially beneficial if you can’t stop using opiates; but there are many things they don’t tell you about suboxone that should be known. So I made a list of all the things I could think of that the doctors and other people don’t tell you about suboxone.
5 Things No One Tells You about Suboxone: It is meant for short-term use
Usually when you go to the doctor to get prescribed suboxone, people don’t realize that suboxone is really only meant for short-term use to just help you go through the withdrawals. After the withdrawals are over you should stop taking the suboxone. You might think it is just an alternative to using drugs, but it is really only made to help you not feel so sick during your withdrawals!
5 Things No One Tells You about Suboxone: They aren’t trying to just get you off of opiates
It would seem that way, but a lot of doctors will continue to prescribe you suboxone well after the withdrawals from the other drugs have been over. Some will even continue to prescribe it for YEARS. Once again like I said above, it should only be taken for a small period of time. Continuing to be on suboxone is just substituting one drug for another.
5 Things No One Tells You about Suboxone: It is a drug!
Yes, it is a drug! Suboxone is a narcotic which makes it a drug. It is considered a schedule 3 controlled substance. Suboxone contains a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid medication, and an opioid is a narcotic. You may think it is some magic medicine just made to take away withdrawals, but it is a drug itself and a very addictive one at that.
5 Things No One Tells You about Suboxone: The withdrawals from it are horrible
The withdrawals from suboxone are also ten times worse than the withdrawals from the opiates or heroin you are using suboxone for. If you are on suboxone for an extended period of time, you can end up detoxing from it for anywhere for 10-14 days or more! I’ve personally seen people withdrawing from suboxone and I would take opiate withdrawals over those withdrawals any day of the week.
5 Things No One Tells You about Suboxone: Taking it doesn’t make you sober
This could really be just my opinion but it is one that I and a lot of people in the rooms of AA, NA and CA could probably agree upon. When you’re taking suboxone you are not considered sober to the people in 12-step meetings. Being sober consists of not taking any type of narcotic or using any drugs or alcohol in ANY FORM. I understand that being on suboxone is the closest to being sober that some people have been in a long time, but that doesn’t make you completely sober. Yes, it is great that you are not shooting up heroin anymore, but to be sober you have to get off the suboxone, too. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.