The Benefits of Buprenorphine Detox Treatment
Buprenorphine was first marketed in the 1980’s as a semi-synthetic opioid medication used to help treat acute pain and opiate addiction. When taken as prescribed – buprenorphine reduces the symptoms of opiate / opioid withdrawal, while also blocking the effect of other opioids. These effect can help patients deal with their cravings, complete the detox process, and stay in treatment long enough to complete a rehabilitation program and break their drug addictions.
Why Seek Buprenorphine Detox Treatment in New Jersey?
Buprenorphine treatment is for people who have opiate / opioid drug addictions, including:
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin®, Lortab®, Norco®)
- Oxycodone (OxyContin®, Percocet®)
- Hydromorphone (Dilauded®)
- Morphine (Astramorph®, Avinza®)
Once a patient is selected for buprenorphine therapy, the patient is allowed to enter withdrawal before the first dose is administered. Buprenorphine can actually displace other opiates/opioids from receptor sites in the brain, causing a severe and sudden onset of withdrawal symptoms. Allowing withdrawal to begin before starting buprenorphine detox treatment makes the transition as gentle as possible, while also helping the doctor to determine the correct dosage.
Once begun, your doctor will work with you to determine how long you will remain on buprenorphine.
Buprenorphine detox treatment may work best when followed by counseling and behavioral therapies, like one of the outpatient treatment programs offered at Advanced Health and Education’s rehab facility in New Jersey.
What are the Withdrawal Symptoms from Buprenorphine Detox Treatment?
Chemically, buprenorphine is different from other opiates / opioids because it is an opioid “partial agonist.” Buprenorphine is a “partial” agonist because it has some – but not all – of the same effects as “full agonists” like heroin or morphine. Taking buprenorphine releases compounds that bind to and activate opiate receptors in the brain. However, buprenorphine causes less euphoria and less of a risk of physical dependence or misuse compared to other opiates/opioids.
There are withdrawal symptoms when a patient completes buprenorphine treatment in New Jersey. However, the withdrawal symptoms from buprenorphine are much milder than “cold-turkey” withdrawal from other opiates/opioids. Withdrawal symptoms typically begin the first day and include:
- Dilated pupils
- Nasal stuffiness
- Watery eyes
- Stomach cramps and diarrhea
What Should I do Before Beginning Buprenorphine Treatment in New Jersey?
Before beginning buprenorphine treatment in New Jersey, patients should advise their doctors of any recent narcotics use, and any of the following:
- Any allergy to buprenorphine
- Kidney or liver problems
- Constipation/bowel conditions
- Respiration problems (asthma, apnea, sleep apnea, COPD)
- Low blood pressure
- Gallbladder disease
- Brain tumors
- Thyroid or adrenal gland problems
- Pregnancy or breast-feeding
- Muscle weakness
- Head injury
- Enlarged prostate or urination problems
- History of mental illness/psychosis
- HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis (B or C)
Call Us for Buprenorphine Detox Treatment Referrals and Addiction Help
Please call our New Jersey rehab treatment center today for a free consultation and referral to detox treatment programs where buprenorphine therapy may be available. Call our NJ rehab center 24 hours a day at 888-687-6977, or contact us here.
Advanced Health and Education’s drug rehab center in New Jersey can assist you with placement in a professional, licensed, insurance friendly detox center that will provide you or your loved one with much needed medical assistance on the road to recovery.