Teen Treatment for Suboxone Addiction
Suboxone is a medication used in the treatment of severe opioid addiction and other prescription medication. It is highly effective in helping these individuals to stop using opioids to transition into a drug-free life. However, a Suboxone high is possible and the drug can be abused and lead to addictive behaviors by teenagers. Misuse of Suboxone can create a life-threatening health and addiction problem. It’s important to recognize these signs of Suboxone abuse in teens and to take action immediately.
At Teen Treatment Centers, we offer a comprehensive program to help teens to overcome addictive behaviors with prescription drugs including the use of Suboxone. Often times, this medication becomes available if someone is being treated for Vicodin or OxyContin, or other opioid addictions. Suboxone is often referred to as a lifesaving medication and, it can be, because it helps people to stop using and abusing more powerful opioids. However, it can also create a high that is addictive, especially in teen use.
If you feel that your teen may be using or abusing Suboxone, we highly recommend treatment immediately. The Teen Treatment Center offers a 24-hour helpline to provide you with immediate support and free information. Call us now: (844) 319-5239.
Is Suboxone Really a Problem?
Often described as a wonder drug or the superstar of drug abuse treatment, Suboxone is commonly thought of as a safe solution for those suffering from opioid abuse. What’s more, there are some safety measures built into this medication to make it hard to abuse. It contains anti-abuse components to its makeup, however, it can be abused especially when taken by someone who does not have an ongoing opioid abuse problem, such as many teens.
In 2013, the US Drug Enforcement Administration reported that some 9.3 million prescriptions for this medication were written. That year, more than $1.55 billion worth of the medication was sold. The prevalence of the drug makes it easily accessible to teenagers who are likely using it for the wrong reason.
What Is Suboxone?
The Suboxone brand drug contains two types of medications in it. The first is Buprenorphine, a type of mild opiate that is present in a low dose. It is often used for mild to moderate pain management. The second component of Suboxone is Naloxone, a type of opiate antagonist used to reverse the effects of opiates in the system. Naloxone when used alone is known for it’s opiate-effects reversing properties in the drug Narcan. Suboxone medication saw a significant change in 2002 when it became used more predominantly for treating narcotic addiction sharing the market with methadone. Suboxone has a very similar drug profile to methadone with markedly less sedation. It is commonly sold as a pill though it can be crushed for administration. Suboxone also comes in a sublingual strip that allows it to dissolve under the tongue easily. In this manner, it is easy to digest without water.
What does Suboxone look like? While there are several forms of suboxone like drugs, Suboxone typically presents in a hexagon shaped pill with the imprint N8 or N2. There are also sublingual strips that utilize the same imprint.
Suboxone Side Effects
Suboxone side effects will range from one patient to the next. However, parents of teens can begin to see changes in their child right away from an initial dose of this product. Common short-term side effects include:
- Pain relief that is up to 30 times more powerful than morphine
- As a depressant, it slows down reaction time.
- Mild euphoria occurs and can last 8 hours or so, though the substance repairs present for up to 72 hours.
- A sense of calm and an inflated sense of wellbeing.
- Increased relaxation.
- Perception of less anxiety and stress.
- Respiratory depression (less breathing)
The long-term effects of Suboxone abuse will range widely. They may include:
- A constant state of drowsiness
- Gastrointestinal concerns
- Disorientation and confusion
- Decreased pain tolerance
- Increased depression
- Inability to be social
In addition to this, parents may be able to spot abuse of Suboxone because their children may begin to experience failing relationships, inability to complete tasks and manage responsibilities, constant money needs to purchase more medication, and addictive behaviors that impact every facet of their lives.
Do you think your teen may be suffering from Suboxone abuse? Get started on the path to wellness with teen treatment for Suboxone abuse from Teen Treatment Centers. Call our free, 24-hour helpline now for support: (844) 319-5239.
How Suboxone Addiction Starts
Addiction to Suboxone can occur in many ways. Use of Suboxone may occur as intended under a prescription, if used to treat a serious opiate addiction. The user may overuse their prescription or continue to use it past the prescription instructions. This constitutes abuse of the drug and can escalate to achieve the same high as tolerance is built.
In addition, Suboxone can be used by those without an addiction otherwise. When this happens, it can give the user a high and a desire to experience it again, therefore it is continued to be abused. You do not have to be an opioid addict to experience the high created by Suboxone.
This medication is heavily prescribed today as a remedy to drug abuse addictions. It is also sold on the street illegally. While it is not the easiest type of drug for teens to obtain, it can be available in some people.
It’s also important for parents to recognize that teens who abuse this drug often do not believe they are at risk. Because it is a prescription medication, teens often believe it is a safe drug to take. This is not the case. Prescriptions are controlled substances often because of their highly addictive properties and life threatening, if used improperly, chemicals.
Signs of Suboxone Abuse in Your Teen
In addition to the side effects of Suboxone, this drug can also create significant withdrawal symptoms that may make it possible for parents to suspect use. If you are unsure if your teen is using this drug to get high, consider these signs:
- Gastro problems including nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain
- Slurred speech
- Watery eyes
- Muscle pain
- Increased blood pressure
- Inability to accept one’s emotions
- Loss of interest in activities
- Hair loss
- Abnormal response to stress
Do you suspect your teen may be using Suboxone? If so, call our 24-hour hotline for help right now: (844) 319-5239.
Teen Suboxone Abuse Treatment
At Teen Treatment Center, we offer a wide range of programs to help parents to help their teens recover. Our teen prescription drug treatment program is highly effective at providing the tools your teen needs to recovery. We offer a specific opiate treatment program for teens that can be beneficial to those suffering from Suboxone abuse.
Understand the Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal from Suboxone use is worrisome and can have a number of health risks to it. That is why our team works closely with your teenager to ensure he or she detoxes safely. A detox from Suboxone without medical supervision may result in the following withdrawal symptoms:
- Diarrhea and constipation
- Joint pain
- Pinpoint pupils
- Dilated pupils
- Intense mood changes
How Our Teen Treatment for Suboxone Abuse Works
We provide a gender-separate residential treatment center for your teen where they can rediscover themselves free from the stressors of the environment which may have leant to start of the addiction. The first step we provide in suboxone treatment is a medically supervised detox from our team of nurses and medical director. Your teen’s health is always put first and protected while we provide supportive care.
In addition to detox, our therapy programs provide a wide range of treatment to your teenager. We work hand-in-hand with your teen to understand why they felt the need to abuse Suboxone, what the risks are and help them see a future that is not dependent on drug abuse. It’s important to know that, as a parent, our goal is not to just treat the physical side of addiction. While our program does treat that, it also involves understanding the “why” so your teen can recognize why this occurred and how they can prevent it from occurring again. Our comprehensive program teaches life skills that allow your teen to get back to building a healthy lifestyle again. And, it gives them the resources to be able to avoid abusing Suboxone or other substances in the future.
Family Counseling and Support
As a parent, we know you long for your child back. You want your family back. That’s why our counseling and therapy programs are available to you and your teen as a whole unit as well. Family counseling is essential to restore the family, not just to correct teenage behavior but to look at the family unit and ensure it’s conducive to creating a safe environment for your teen.
Getting Your Teen Help Today
Today can be day it begins to turn around. It is an opportunity for you to reach out to trained and experienced counselors who can guide your teen down the path to restore his or her health and wellbeing. Our teen treatment for Suboxone abuse is comprehensive and proven. With our support, the proper treatment, and family involvement, your teen can recover from their Suboxone addiction.
To help your teen recover today, call Teen Treatment Center at (844) 319-5239. We are available to answer your questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. All consultations are confidential and free.
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