Suboxone Abuse as Prevalent as Heroin Addictions

Suboxone Abuse as Prevalent as Heroin Addictions

Suboxone is a drug that is supposed to treat heroin addiction. The drug was first introduced to Americans in 2002, but the drug has not exactly performed as expected since then. In 2003, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released a statement about the drug, stating that Suboxone was created with the intention of helping wean opiate addicts down off of whatever opiates they were taking. Suboxone was created as a “maintenance” drug, meaning it was actually intended for people to be prescribed it for long periods of time.

However, this intended campaign to use Suboxone as a maintenance drug is flawed on many levels. For one, Suboxone is, itself, very addictive. Also, while taking Suboxone might help with the withdrawal off of other opiate drugs or heroin, a Suboxone patient never actually addresses all of the key, deep-set reasons why he or she was abusing opiates in the first place. Because of this, the threat of relapse, and of overdose, is very great.

Maintenance Is Not the Answer

Can you abuse Suboxone? Absolutely. Can you experience Suboxone addiction withdrawal? Also true. Suboxone abuse is a very real and very current addiction problem in this country, similar to the Methadone maintenance problem.

Since its introduction in 2002, Suboxone has proven itself to be addictive. In addition to that, more study has been done on the drug and it has been proven that, even if the drug does not create addiction by itself, the drug alone is not sufficient even for its intended purposes. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration admitted that a pharmacological approach to addiction treatment, e.g. Suboxone Maintenance, Methadone Maintenance, etc. is not enough to fully eliminate opiate addiction. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, maintenance programs aside, opiate addicts still must seek out professional addiction rehabilitation.

Suboxone Addiction Numbers Rival Heroin Addiction Numbers

In just fifteen years, Suboxone has become a very commonly abused drug. Suboxone abuse is incredibly common in prisons and in inner cities too. The drug is often sold by persons who have a prescription to it so they can get cash for other substances.

Currently, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there are a little under a million Americans who are addicted to heroin. By that same organization, it is estimated that there are roughly a million Americans who are now legitimately addicted to Suboxone, a drug that was supposed to help them. Even though Suboxone supposedly has a “low” chance of addiction, the numbers indicate otherwise.

A Permanent Solution for Opiate Addiction

The effective and permanent way to rid oneself of addiction is by going to a drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation center. Individual addicts who are seeking opiate, heroin, or Suboxone rehab can find such help at the Narconon Arrowhead addiction treatment center.

To find stable and permanent recovery, one must be able to address the chemical aspects of addiction and rid oneself of cravings and physical reliance on drugs. One must also be able to address the damage caused to one’s mind and spirit thanks to drug and alcohol abuse. Finally, one has to be able to rehabilitate their life skills, and their general ability to survive well in the modern, workaday world.

Narconon Arrowhead offers help in all of these areas. The Narconon program is able to help people see and understand why they started using drugs in the first place so they can move onwards and up into a better stage of life and livingness.

Call Narconon Arrowhead today at 1-855-646-8505 for more information.

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