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Suboxone Dependency & Addiction Treatment - ANR Clinic is Now in the US

Suboxone, also known as Bunavail and Zubsolv, is often prescribed for the treatment of opioid dependence.

Known colloquially as “Subs,” Suboxone contains two active ingredients: buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist which means its job is to deliver small amounts of opioid doses to a patient who is currently addicted to a stronger opioid, for example, heroin. Buprenorphine allows for an individual to gradually wean or taper off of a pre-existing addiction while minimizing the withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting an opioid dependence.

The second part of the drug, Naloxone, is a pure opioid antagonist. As such, it works by blocking pure agonists from reaching the brain’s opioid receptors. Naloxone intercepts the signals that the receptors send to the nervous system, and can even reverse the effects of opioids already in the system. For this reason, Naloxone is also used to treat opioid overdoses. 

However, withdrawal symptoms can be triggered by Naloxone’s function of shutting off opioid receptors and signals in someone who is currently using an opioid such as heroin. Side effects in this scenario include intense mood swings, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, and painful muscle cramping. Chronic users of full opioid agonists, such as heroin, are at risk for developing potentially fatal seizures and respiratory failure when administered Naloxone on its own.

Due to the risks Naloxone carries as a stand-alone drug, it is combined with buprenorphine to create Suboxone, providing a solution to assist clients in weaning off of stronger opioids more easily. Suboxone can be used to manage the symptoms of withdrawal, whether for prescription opioids like painkillers, or illegal opiates such as heroin. When used as prescribed, Suboxone is generally safe, although side effects are not uncommon. Suboxone for opioid withdrawal treatment is considered a type of medication therapy and has proved effective for many as a form of harm reduction, albeit not without risk.

One of the greatest risks of taking Suboxone for your opioid addiction is becoming addicted to Suboxone itself. (1) When a person becomes addicted to Suboxone, they’ve effectively swapped one addiction for another. There are addiction treatment services that can help individuals to try to return to a state of stable living. Still, only the ANR Clinic has identified the most effective treatment method that allows patients to experience recovery without the need for ongoing medication or even the fear of relapse.

Detox From Suboxone

What Does Suboxone Do?

By understanding how Suboxone works in the brain, we can gain insight into why it can become addictive instead of helping in recovery, and why treating the dependency to Suboxone may be right for you.

Suboxone binds to the brain’s opioid receptors. Effectively, it takes the place of opioids and opiates, satisfying the brain’s need for those substances. As a result, it minimizes cravings and other symptoms of drug withdrawal.

At the molecular level, Suboxone is exceptionally “sticky.” It remains attached to the brain’s opioid receptors for several days. As a result, it makes it difficult for other opioids to attach to these endorphin receptors. So even if a person relapses, they will not be able to experience the same high, as there will be fewer receptors available to bind with. This can present a danger as someone who relapses might believe they need a higher dosage of their drug of choice, which can lead to overdose. 

As touched upon earlier, Suboxone is a “partial agonist.” This is different from other opiates, such as prescription painkillers, fentanyl, or heroin, which are “full agonists.” In other words, when taken as prescribed, it does not provide a feeling of being high. Instead, it simply satisfies the brain’s craving for the drug, by binding with the endorphin or opioid receptors.

Suboxone does not lower respiratory rate as much as full opioid receptor agonists. Reduction in breathing is the number one cause of deaths from opioid overdoses. With a full agonist, the more of the drug you take, the more your breathing is slowed. Suboxone, on the other hand, has a “ceiling.” It is only going to lower your breath to a certain extent. When used as prescribed, the risk of a Suboxone overdose is very low.

Suboxone Risks And Efficacy

The most dangerous risks associated with Suboxone occurred when it used as a drug of abuse. In theory, taking the prescribed amount of Suboxone would give just the right amount of opioids to bind with receptors and create a balance in the brain. (2)  However, abusing and misusing the drug to achieve a high or satisfy a craving, renders this mechanism obsolete. The more your brain is exposed to an opioid, the more receptors are created to bind with. Using Suboxone at higher doses than prescribed, fuels the brain’s imbalance further.

Simply detoxing from Suboxone, i.e. quitting cold-turkey, would still leave your brain’s endorphin-receptor system in a state of imbalance as the receptors in your brain will remain, but will not have opioid endorphins to bind with.

While a traditional Suboxone detox facility might make the process of tapering off of Suboxone easier, Accelerated Neuro-Regulation treats the actual root of the dependency instead of simply managing symptoms associated with detoxing from Suboxone.

There is an underlying physical reason for your initial opioid dependence and a subsequent Suboxone addiction. The answer to this cyclical problem can be found in the brain. The endorphin-receptor imbalance that drives dependency and cravings needs to be resolved in order to not only treat, but beat, Suboxone dependence, and Accelerated Neuro-Regulation will help you do just that.

ANR treats the physical factor of addiction in the brain in an effective and scientifically based manner. At the ANR Clinic, we can help individuals who find themselves in a perpetual cycle of opioid abuse, temporary recovery, Suboxone misuse, and inevitable relapse by addressing the physical state of each individual person’s endorphin-receptors balance in the brain.

What Are The Side Effects Of Suboxone?

Like any medication, Suboxone comes with side effects. While most of these side effects are not severe and will subside within about a month, some may persist for a longer time. Many individuals experience milder, but ongoing opioid withdrawal symptoms while taking Suboxone, including:

  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stomach Pain
  • Headaches
  • Achy Muscles
  • Insomnia
  • Constipation

While less common, there are some more severe side effects of Suboxone that can indicate serious health risks. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • Your urine is darker than usual
  • Your stool is lighter than usual
  • You lose your appetite for several days
  • Your skin or the whites of your eyes turn yellow
  • You develop hives, swelling, or wheezing (this can indicate an allergic reaction)
  • You experience faintness, dizziness, or mental confusion
  • You experience stomach pain
  • Your breathing is slower than usual

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Fast & Rapid Suboxone Detox

Some “Rapid Detox” programs claim that they can help patients quit after three days of abstinence under medical supervision. Unfortunately, this is generally ineffective and can even be dangerous. Other drugs, such as clonidine, can be prescribed to help mitigate the Suboxone withdrawal symptoms. Accelerated Neuro-Regulation is an ideal option for anyone considering reversing the dependency from Suboxone and who wants to avoid the painful and uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal.

Although “Rapid Detox” is popular among patients trying to overcome withdrawals, but it is not as advanced or comprehensive as Accelerated Neuro-Regulation (ANR). Dr. Andre Waismann, the founder of the ANR Clinic and treatment method, helped create the foundation for opioid detox treatment with the development of “Rapid Detox” almost 30 years ago.

While it was a breakthrough treatment at the time, further research and the desire to achieve better patient outcomes led Dr. Waismann to build upon “Rapid Detox.” He was able to develop a new, more effective treatment known as Accelerated Neuro-Regulation treatment. ANR operates on the principle that detoxification is an initial step of recovery, but not a comprehensive treatment for opioid dependence, or Suboxone withdrawal treatment.

“Removing” drugs from the body does not treat the underlying endorphin-receptor imbalance that is present in the brain of someone who uses and abuses opioids such as heroin. Physical changes in the structure and function of the brain as a result of prolonged drug use can be long-lasting and can remain even after a traditional detox from Suboxone. As long as the endorphin-receptor is left in this state, cravings and the urge to use will stay.

If the endorphin-receptor system is left in a state of imbalance, even after detox, relapse will likely occur. Treating this imbalance is key in the ANR – opioid withdrawal treatment as well as Suboxone withdrawal treatment.

The physical imbalance of the brain’s endorphin-receptor system is the key to why individuals cannot control cravings, relapse, and even begin abusing medication such as Suboxone. Advanced Neuro-Regulation operates on a neurobiological level to restore balance in the brain, effectively returning the patient’s brain to a state of pre-drug use in terms of the endorphin-receptor system. The ANR Clinic method of treatment is the new standard of care for Suboxone dependency and addiction.

The ANR Advantage

ANR promises patients freedom from Suboxone dependence through a clinically proven method of withdrawal treatment. Every person’s endorphin-receptor balance is different, which is why ANR evaluates and treats each individual on a case-by-case basis.

With ANR, over 24,000+ patients have been successfully treated for opioid and opiate dependency worldwide. By introducing ANR in the United States, Dr. Waismann and the ANR Clinic are changing the stigma surrounding those struggling with addiction and the field of addiction treatment. Post-ANR treatment results are consistently positive and further support the use of Accelerated Neuro-Regulation as being the most advanced solution in addiction treatment backed by modern medicine.

Suboxone Withdrawal Symptoms

As with any opioid, quitting Suboxone can cause unwanted symptoms. These symptoms may become exacerbated if you try to quit using Suboxone suddenly and on your own, rather than tapering off under medical supervision, or receiving comprehensive addiction treatment at the ANR Clinic.

The withdrawal symptoms are similar to opioid withdrawal symptoms. They include:

  • Chills
  • Cold Sweats
  • Stomach Cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia or Restlessness
  • Muscle Aches
  • Tremors or Twitching

Other side effects of quitting Suboxone are mental, rather than physical. Without the aid of an opioid agonist, you may once again be presented with mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. You may begin to struggle with feelings of guilt and shame due to your past drug use.

While these symptoms of withdrawal are completely normal, they are often uncomfortable and undesirable. Seeking addiction treatment at the ANR Clinic can allow you to stop using Suboxone while bypassing the withdrawal symptoms that are otherwise inevitable.

Suboxone Withdrawal Timeline

When quitting Suboxone, some treatment methods are faster than others and withdrawal symptoms are generally at their worst during the first 72 hours. The suboxone withdrawal length depends on the dosage and how long the patient has been taking the drug.

Days 1-3

Patients may experience many or all of the symptoms of withdrawal listed above. Nausea and vomiting are common, as is diarrhea. Cravings can become severe, and tremors are to be expected. Sweating and intense anxiety are also normal.

Days 4-7

Most of the more severe symptoms generally subside after the first 72 hours. You can expect to experience somebody’s aches and insomnia. Because your opioid receptors are no longer being stimulated, mood swings are likely.

Week 2 And Beyond

During the second week, most physical symptoms will subside, but it is likely you will begin to experience cravings and depression if you have not already. After the first month of withdrawing from Suboxone, the cravings and depression will tend to be at their worst. As a result, many people relapse after a full month of sobriety.

Suboxone withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable to endure. With the ANR treatment method, clients can not only avoid discomfort but save time. Typically, withdrawal symptoms will linger for months after stopping and cravings will begin to ramp up once again.

The ANR treatment method can be done in a single weekend. You do not have to miss work, leave your family and friends, or uproot your entire life to overcome your addiction to Suboxone. Thanks to modern medicine, ANR can restore your brain to a state of balance and give you a new lease on life.

Suboxone Addiction Treatment

Currently, maintenance or medication therapy with Suboxone is the default treatment for treating heroin addiction. Suboxone is often prescribed to inhibit cravings and prevent relapse. Unfortunately, Suboxone has only between a 40-60% “sobriety” rate after one year. It can also be used and abused recreationally or as a means of “chipping,” which is when the drug is taken in between heroin uses in an attempt to avoid becoming clinically dependent on heroin. This behavior is dangerous as it can lead to both dependency and addiction to Suboxone.

If you find yourself addicted to Suboxone, know that help is available and that it is not your fault. Any treatment that fails to address the endorphin-receptor imbalance in the brain of the addicted individual is not taking the root cause of opioid dependency or addiction into consideration. It is nearly impossible to live a normal, fulfilling life when the brain is left in a state of disregulation.  

What Can I Expect During Suboxone Withdrawal Treatment At The ANR Clinic?

The ANR treatment method is completed at Landmark Hospital in Naples, Florida in under 40 hours – about 5 for the procedure itself and about 30 for pre and post-procedure monitoring.

Once you contact us and are determined to be healthy enough to undergo the ANR procedure, your treatment will be scheduled. On the day of your treatment, you will be admitted into the hospital’s ANR unit. All patients undergo an evaluation, a lab screening, and a medical exam in order to custom tailor the treatment for best results.

After being administered pre-medication for maximum comfort, and under the supervision of Dr. Waismann, the patient will be put under sedation and cared for by intensive care nurses and anesthesiologists for 4-5 hours.

Opioid receptors will be cleansed and blocked using naltrexone, in order to achieve the desired result: endorphin-receptor balance, without the painful side effects which normally accompany opioid withdrawal treatment. Sedation is stopped once the physician determines balance has been regained in the brain and the road to recovery will begin as soon as the patient regains consciousness.

During the recovery time, patients will continue to be closely monitored and encouraged to continue their daily living activities. Upon discharge, clients leave with the peace of knowing that they are no longer dependent on Suboxone or any other opioids, and can begin living a life free from fear of relapse or drug cravings.

The ANR program is designed not just for Suboxone addiction, but for addiction to heroin, fentanyl, methadone, and other opiates. ANR addresses the fundamental neuro-pathophysiologic issues caused by opioid and opiate addiction. 

We will return the central nervous system to a state of balance. There are two distinct advantages ANR has when compared to other treatment methods:

  1. With ANR, the patient is under deep sedation when the withdrawal is medically induced. This helps to avoid the worst of the withdrawal symptoms, as patients will be blissfully asleep while being treated.
  2. ANR is the only treatment that treats the ROOT of the dependency and not only the symptoms of Suboxone withdrawal. It is a treatment method that physically alters the brain so that the endorphin-receptor imbalance no longer drives the urges and cravings for drugs.

Suboxone Rehab Near You

There are many factors to take into consideration when deciding on a Suboxone detox center and method of treatment. How effective and long-lasting the treatment will be should be at the top of your list. While other detox centers and rehabs are only equipped to treat withdrawal symptoms, require lengthy stays, and force patients to consciously experience active withdrawal, ANR does things differently.

Fear of withdrawal syndrome from Suboxone prevents many individuals from facing the harsh reality of a Suboxone dependence. Just one weekend at the ANR Clinic in Naples, Florida, can treat your addiction and re-regulate your endorphin-receptor balance so that you can promptly resume your day to day life, this time, drug-free.

Suboxone Rehab Facility

The ANR method of treatment has been performed hundreds of thousands of times with incredibly positive outcomes. Accelerated Neuro-Regulation is the most effective and efficient treatment for dependency and addiction to opioids as well as Suboxone.

If previous attempts at recovery from drugs such as heroin or Suboxone, ended in relapse, it is essential to know that you still have options and that achieving sobriety is possible. Addiction treatment at traditional rehab facilities focuses largely on Suboxone withdrawal symptom management and has ignored the mechanism behind opioid dependency: an imbalanced brain.

Dependence and addiction are manifestations of brain changes resulting from prolonged use and exposure to drugs. As long as the endorphin-receptor imbalance remains in the brain, you will continue to experience a life of dependency and addiction, as well as a probability of recurring relapses. ANR addresses the underlying cause of your need to use and abuse drugs and can help you overcome your Suboxone dependence for good.

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