Friday, April 26, 2013

Suboxone - More and More Problems Are Showing Up



By 

Peter R. Coleman, M.D.


Suboxone has become a popular treatment option since its introduction in 2002.  There are a number of reasons for this.  First, opiate addiction is a common problem.  If you add the number of Heroin addicts to all of the people using opiate painkillers in a non- medical way, there are over 30 million people in the US affected by this disease. Second, standard treatments are not very effective.  Opiates are extremely powerful. They are very physically addicting.  It is very difficult for patients to detoxify off them. And if patients are able to get off opiates, it is even more difficult to stay off them. Opiates effect the pleasure center very powerfully.  Patients feel awful when they don’t have them.  Without help, most patients relapse back to opiate use pretty quickly.

Suboxone is very powerful.  It binds very tightly to the opiate receptors so it lasts a very long time.  This means there are less ups and downs than other drugs, which can be helpful when it is used as therapy, but it also means that it lasts a very long time in your system.

In addition, Suboxone turns the opiate receptors on in a powerful way, so it is highly addictive.  Because it lasts a very long time it means that the withdrawal off of Suboxone takes a very long time.  The withdrawal off Suboxone is very unpleasant and lasts much longer than the withdrawal off Heroin or OxyContin.  Patients usually only find out about this when they want to come off their Suboxone.  Some patients report withdrawal symptoms lasting 6 months or more.  As mentioned earlier, the vast majority of patients are not able to detoxify, even with slow weaning down.  They either choose to stay on their Suboxone or they relapse back to street drugs.

Fortunately, here at The Coleman Institute, we have a solution that has a 99% success rate – and only takes 8 days.  Our Accelerated Opiate Detoxification and Naltrexone Implants work very well.  We use a combination of medicines to help patients feel very comfortable.  Our Receptor Restoration Technique gets the brain back to its natural state much faster.  Naltrexone implants give patients the support they need to deal with cravings and allow them to get into real recovery.  It is so nice to see patients come to us and start feeling better so quickly.

At The Coleman Institute, we specialize in helping people get clean clean and stay clean from alcohol and drugs. If you or someone you love has an addiction, we would love to help you heal.  If you are in need of detox from opiates, alcohol, benzos, Methadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869)

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