Suboxone and methadone were created to substitute illicit opioid dependence but in a controlled, medical setting—so what are the differences between the two? Both are drugs that you can become physically dependent on and are narcotics that are not a permanent solution to your addiction. If you are interested in comprehensive treatment options to become fully drug free, please dial [wisSW_ClickNTap telephoneNumber=”8447623700″ type=”telephone||skype:”](844) 762-3700[/wisSW_ClickNTap] to connect with a hotline addiction specialist.
The Dangers of Methadone
Methadone is administered in a clinical setting for the dependence on opioids. It is a replacement maintenance semi-synthetic opioid that is taken once a day to curb withdrawal symptoms so that the addict can live a normal and productive life. However, they are still dependent on this little pill to survive and function. While an addict is not supposed to achieve a high, methadone can be abused by other routes of administration or if the addict allows his/her tolerance to drop a little bit. If this occurs, then usual signs of opioid intoxication include:
A life on methadone is not a good life. You must visit a clinic every day and be around people with various lengths of abstinence from hard drugs and many are there for ulterior motives, including drug dealers. The withdrawal from methadone is painful and takes weeks, because of the long half life. You must be under a supervised treatment regimen to successfully kick your dependence and addiction to methadone. Contact Bright Futures Treatment Center if you are interested in getting off methadone safely with minimal discomfort and are willing to attend therapy for your substance abuse.
Suboxone: The False Savior
When Suboxone was introduced into the market in the early 2000’s, it was hailed as a miracle drug that would cure the plague of opioid dependence. No withdrawal, take home doses, once a day pill, safe from abuse…the perfect combination. Soon to find out—Suboxone is actually buprenorphine, a strong semi-synthetic opioid that binds to your opiate receptors so strongly, it kicks out everyone else, including heroin. So if you are on Suboxone, your withdrawal symptoms are gone, and you cannot get high on any other opiates. Pretty sweet deal right? Until the day there is an issue with your prescription and you are crying in agony over the horrific strength of the buprenorphine withdrawal—a drug with a long half life that puts the heroin detox in the category of a walk in the park. Again, you are dependent on a powerful opioid to survive, with a thriving black market, and how-to-guides plastered online that teach kids how to get high on Suboxone. Some of the side effects of this drug include:
- headache, mild dizziness
- numbness or tingling
- drowsiness, or sleep problems (insomnia)
- stomach pain, vomiting, constipation
- redness, pain, or numbness in your mouth
- trouble concentrating
The Final Solution To Maintenance Programs
Contact Bright Futures Treatment Center right now and we will go above and beyond to get you or your family member off methadone or Suboxone safely in a structured and clinical environment. The differences between methadone and Suboxone are numerous—but the end result is the same—you are simply switching from one addiction to another that may be even more agonizing for you in the long run. Our day/night programs with supportive community housing offer strong sober support that is needed during this critical time in early recovery. The detoxification will not be a walk in the park; but the discomfort will be minimized with comfort medication and constant around the clock supervision. Now is the time to renew your life and no longer be dependent on narcotics to survive!