If Suboxone is a drug that gives a feeling of well being and makes quitting opiates much more bearable, then is it a potential drug of abuse as well? Suboxone is not nearly as addictive or easy to abuse as opiates. Here’s why…
Suboxone contains buprenorphine, which is a kind of opiate – and there are risks associated with the use of any kind of opiate, whether used recreationally or for legitimate pain relief. That being said, buprenorphine is known as a partial opiate agonist, while drugs like heroin, methadone, OxyContin, vicodin and others are full opiate agonists – and this difference makes buprenorphine (Suboxone) a much safer medication.
Partial vs. Full Opiate Agonists
Opiates work in the brain by activating the body’s natural opiate receptors. When an opiate medication is introduced to the brain (after you take a pill or otherwise consume an opiate) tiny molecules saturate the nervous system and fill up these opiate receptors, like many keys in many locks.Once an opiate activates an opiate receptor, 3 things happen in the body:1. There is a euphoric reaction2. There is a respiratory depressive effect3. There is an analgesic effect
This is like a key in a lock that you can just keep turning to get ever greater effects.Problematically, as people take greater quantities to feel greater euphoria, they also experience greater respiratory depression – and run a real risk of fatal overdose.
Partial agonists, like buprenorphine, have what is known as a dosage ceiling. Taking a moderate dosage of buprenorphine results in a greater effect than a small dosage, but once the dosage ceiling is reached; taking additional doses has little effect.You could keep taking ever greater quantities of buprenorphine, but after a certain point, these additional doses would have little additional effects. As a partial opiate agonist, it is much harder to overdose on buprenorphine than on other commonly abused opiates, and if you take your medication as directed, the drug is very safe to use – and far safer than the continued use of illicit or abused full agonist opiates.
Suboxone, as an opiate, is a potent medication that merits respectful usage. Although a much safer kind of opiate, people have died after using buprenorphine. Deaths are most likely to occur when people shoot the drug intravenously (to get high) or when they combine Suboxone with benzodiazepines or other central nervous system depressants, such as alcohol or tranquilizers. Suboxone is very safe, however, when used as directed.Suboxone is a very safe and effective medication for the treatment of opiate dependence. It can take away all your cravings and withdrawal symptoms and help you retake control of your life. Contact the detox experts at Sunrise Recovery by calling 866-540-5242 to learn more about how Suboxone can help you detox safely and humanely from an addiction to opiates.